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To say that Fender is the best known and most successful of all the guitar companies would probably be correct.
From its beginnings in Leo's radio and record store in Fullerton, California, to the Fender Musical Instrument Corporation of the 1990's, Fender instruments seem to be rated in terms of their historical value or relationship to the past as seen in their reissue models.
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.
- Usually you will find two stamps inside your Harmony guitar.
In the Harmony world, the interested buyer is often rarer than the guitar itself.
The last days of June, we had a complete inventory.
I believe the "F'" and "S" may have stood for first and second half of the year." Photo below : this H22 bass is from 1964 Photo below : this flat top guitar is from 1957.
There is some variation in theses date stamps, (in an oval box on some pre-war models), but usually all guitars had one. Date from pickups On electric guitars with "De Armond" pickups, you should be able to find a precise date stamped on the back of the pickups, or on the back of the pickguard (some screws to remove).
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.