GILLES STELLA H929 OR H929 ¾ (1965)    
   

This all solid wood birch flatop guitar looks like the H929, “sunburst, vertical faux flame”, produced from 1945 to 1970. It has a floating bridge, metal tailpiece and was also available as ¾ size (ill.1-2 ).

It has the same fret markers as the 1952 copy (ill. 3). But this 1952 copy has a different headstock (ill. 4), like the 1956 copy of ill. 5-6.

 
Ill 3.
Harmony Stella H929 1952.
  Ill 4.
Harmony Stella H929 1952, headstock.


 
Ill 5.
Harmony Stella H929 1956.
  Ill 6.
Harmony Stella H929 1956, headstock.

Gilles’s guitar has a a star added to the inscription “Stella” on the headstock (ill. 7). This star was introduced after 1956 (?), with the inscription “Steel reinforced neck Made in U.S.A.”. It can be found on a 1965 copy (ill. 8-9).

 
Ill 8.
Harmony Stella H929 1965.
  Ill 9.
Harmony Stella H929 1965, headstock.

A decisive change occurred when, on  the headstock, the inscription “Stella” became “Stella Harmony”. We find it on 1967 and 1969 models (ill. 10-13).
 
Ill 10.
Harmony Stella H929 1967.
  Ill 11.
Harmony Stella H929 1967, headstock.


 
Ill 12.
Harmony Stella H929 1969.
  Ill 13.
Harmony Stella H929 1969, headstock.

The 1965 style of headstock also characterizes the H929 ¾, sunburst, vertical faux flame produced between 1957 and 1970 (ill. 14-15), like in 1965 copy of the ill. 8-9. This date concurs with the fact that “the white plastic pickguard dates from 1961”.

 
Ill 14.
Harmony Stella H929 ¾ 1965.
  Ill 15.
Harmony Stella H929 ¾ 1965, headstock.

Gilles’s guitar has its original cased (ill. 16-17).


Ill 16.
Gilles Stella Harmony with original case.


Ill. 17.

YouTube shows a lot of videos with a H929:

 
Ill 1.
Gilles’ Harmony Stella



Ill 2.


Ill 7.
Gilles’ Harmony Stella, headstock.
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