Restringing a Harmony Classical Guitar

Written by Leonard Wyeth

April 3, 2017

Bringing Back to Life a Folk Era Harmony Nylon String Guitar

A recent customer dropped off a Harmony nylon string guitar to be restrung. This one was assembled in Chicago, IL by the Harmony Company to fill the swollen demand for guitars during the folk boom of the early 1960s. CMI (Harmony) was the largest manufacturer of stringed instruments at that time and supplied most of the department stores with their name brands. Unfortunately, we could not decipher a complete model number; something that appears to end in 10 – our best guess puts this instrument in the early ’60s.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

The customer acquired it 17 years ago from a neighbor who brought it along for his tour of duty in Vietnam. Considering what it has been through, it is in quite good condition. If only it could talk, I’m sure it would have some wonderful tales to tell.

Before re-stringing, we had to replace a missing screw from the original Waverly tuner cog.

Waverly tuners are the original.

Waverly tuners are the original.

Fortunately, we have a tub of old Waverly tuner parts to mine from.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

Success! We found a fit.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

Several years ago, a quick and dirty fix to re-attach the bridge to the top wood was made using screws.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

We used La Bella nylon strings because this Harmony requires nylon strings with a ball end.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

A check of our work shows we have the ball end in the right position.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

A small hand drill makes tightening so much easier.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

Tip: if you have squeaky, tight tuners, don’t use any type of petroleum to smooth operation; it attracts dirt and dust. We recommend using paraffin wax; particularly Gulf Wax. We got ours at the local hardware store.

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

Done!

Guitars For Trade Harmony Guitar Restring

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