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From some recent information that was gleaned from a former Harmony employee that has changed somewhat.I went back through my records of instruments that passed through my hands certain I'd had a W in the past. Everything I've owned (a few dozen) was marked S or F.Tip : on many guitars (easy to check on flat top acoustics), Harmony stamped the top of the guitar as well as the back, so if the number on the back is difficult to read, use a mirror and check under the top (near the neck) The other smaller stamp is the date stamp and indicates the year of production.It's said that the letter at the beginning indicates the period of the year, like "F" for "Fall" or "S" for "Spring".That was before Ed, a former worker from the Harmony factory, said : "The company closed down production every July for two weeks.During the last two weeks of June an effort was made to finish as many orders as possible and not start any new orders.
These are supposedly the manufacture date of the electrical harness or pickguard assembly, by Rowe Industries, but should give a close guess to the year of production of the guitar itself.I have seen numbers like Brad's on a few Harmony instruments that from all features appear to be from the late 30's early 40's. The First half/Second half at least allows for a time period that could be feasible.H1 H1141 H1203 H1213 H1214 H1215 H1260 H1265 H1266 H1310 H1311 H1325 H1327 H14 H1407 H1414 H1415 H1456 H1457 H15 H15V H162 H165 H16B H16R H16W H17 H173 H174 H19 H22 H22/1 H27 H37 H38 H39 H41 H42 H44 H45 H46 H47 H48 H49 H50 H51 H53 H53/1 H54 H54/1 H55 H56 H56/1 H57 H58 H59 H59/1 H60 H62 H63 H64 H65 H66 H68 H7 H70 H71 H72 H73 H74 H75 H76 H77 H78 H79 H802 H81 H82 H82G H88 H929 H945 H950 H954 H956 - If you're a buyer, the value is the max price you are ready to pay to have it.Even the less common models can't be considered "rare".Remember that all Harmony made guitars (this means all guitars on this website) are still considered low grade instruments by most players and collectors, and can't be compared in value to the "great" names as Gibson, Fender, Martin...
As a result, only a handful of guys in the world are ready to pay real money for a rare Harmony model.