Dating stella harmony guitars
Stella was a brand of guitars owned and operated by the Oscar Schmidt Company and was founded around 1899. Mainly because of the guitar boom during the Beatles generation, there were a large number of guitars sold at this time.The company produced low to mid level stringed instruments. Harmony made more than one half of all the guitars made in this county, more than all the other manufactures together. Many a beginner started with a sunburst Stella by Harmony.
My experience with these guitars goes back to the early 60's.The last new (old stock) American made acoustic finally was sold around 1980.This was after I borrowed it to travel across country.Most have a floating wood bridge with the pressed metal tailpiece.Some of the older ones have a piece of metal fret like material for a saddle.