There’s just one kind favor I’ll ask of you
You can see that my grave is kept clean”
For sale here is THE American parlor guitar — The Harmony Stella.
This one is special because it is my latest collaboration with artist Michael Bond. Michael is incredibly talented, and I am very lucky to have met him. He purchased an electrified parlor guitar from me, and we got to talking about collaborating, and together we came up with the idea to do an homage series to the gods of Blues Guitar. Our first collaboration was Robert Johnson, but for the second one, Michael suggested Muddy Waters and he knocked it out of the park. This time, he has done Blind Lemon Jefferson and has absolutely done it again!
Michael has been showing his art since 1996, and has been featured everywhere from California to Connecticut. He specializes in “Mindscape” art, and you can see more of his work, and read his very impressive resume at artistmichaelbond.com.
Needless to say, I am not only selling this guitar as a fully playable acoustic/electric guitar, but as a work of functional art that would be just as suited for the art gallery wall as it would be for the stage. The artwork is protected by a clear coat, so this guitar can be played without worry.
You can seethe first collaboration here: https://reverb.com/item/34400402-silvertone-h-615-robert-johnson-acoustic-guitar-w-goldfoil-pickup-1960s-art-by-michael-bond
Now, on to the technical stuff:
These electrified parlors are a little pet project of mine, I have probably made over a hundred of them now. I found these goldfoil pickups online and have been adding them to vintage acoustic guitars that are not in collector shape, but still play pretty decently.
The goldfoil simply mounts in the sound hole, and then I added a jack plate on the bottom and a simple volume control on the face. These goldfoil sound great in these old acoustics — very clear and shimmery tone.
Other than that, all I had to do was reseal the neck joint, set up the action, shine it up and change the strings. The patina around the art is to die for, it gives this guitar a ton of character. This one really has some the lowest action I have seen on one of these Stellas so far, and I have had probably over a hundred. Plays really comfortably.
The tailpiece is a new thing I am calling a “ghost tailpiece.” I wanted to move the tailpiece off the face of the guitar to better showcase the art. I am pretty proud of how it came out!
As always I oiled the board, changed the strings, polished the finish and tweaked the set up. This guitar is proudly strung with Stringjoy Custom Guitar Strings, made right here in Nashville, TN.
As with all of my pre-1980 acoustic guitars without adjustable truss rods, this guitar is being sold “as is” regardless of condition. (See my shop policies for more information.) Comes with a very clean vintage chipboard case, and I pack my guitars up tight and insure every package for the full purchase amount. I have roughly 10-12 more pictures available on request.
Note: Restring with super light gauge strings! I like the .10-.50, and I order mine from a company right here in Nashville called Stringjoy. These old girls were not meant to handle large amounts of string tension, so getting light gauge strings on your first string change is CRUCIAL.
Perfect for the gigging musician or the art aficionado….or both!
Got questions? Shoot me a message, I love nerding out with other gearheads!