Just became the proud owner of a 60's something Stella by Harmony. Needed a project to develop some skills with some of the more advanced repairs.
So, as expected, now I can't get the darned thing out of my head. Bought it from elderly, and they called it an H-3134.
So, as I'm looking at this thing, here's what it appears I have:
Small body parlor guitar
13.25" lower bout
The body was advertised as birch (flatsawn) and appears solid throughout
Top is birch as well - ladder braced (looks kind of thin..it measured about 2.3/32")
Top has some crudely painted (stained) in binding (this leads me to believe that it has not been refinished before)
Neck looks like mahogany.
Fretboard is a thick mystery wood with no radius and painted on block inlays
Frets are very thin!
Tuners barely functional
bridge is pinless, screwed-on plastic with what looks like an adjustable saddle (there are screws on each end).
Screw on pickguard
Now, what I'm really after here is some neck reset experience, but as I look at this thing, I wonder if I could make her sing a bit? I haven't strung her up yet for fear that she might fold in half. Maybe I'll go buy some silk&steels?
Has anyone ever made something playable with good tone out of one of these guitars?
Thoughts that have already run through my head are:
New rosewood bridge and new saddle
new radiused fretboard and some wider frets
sand and refinish (at least the neck) with TRU-OIL
How about a new spruce top with different bracing?
Anyway, the reality is that I've got a new project guitar and couldn't help but post something. Any thoughts or experience with one of these would be fun to hear.
If I can get it strung up tonight I'll post feedback.