Dating valco guitars
They made an interesting bluegrass banjo with a Bakelite/plastic rim and resonator.Harmony also made violins during the early part of the century.What is known about one of the most prolific manufactures of guitars in this country?There has been a lot written about the Harmony Guitar Company, but there isn't a lot of information on these guitars. Many a guitar student started on one of their student instruments.The general quality of Harmony instruments was lacking the attention to detail that the more expensive guitar makers were able to achieve.They would ultimately slop glue all over the inside and do other things to reflect the fact that they were mass-produced.At this time they were America's only large-scale violin manufacture.After giving up violin making for 19 years they began again in 1938 to fill the need of the student violinists.
The long neck "Pete Seeger" banjos I've seen have had both the "Holiday" label and Harmony label.
By 1915 they were the largest manufacturer of ukuleles in America.
They not only made ukuleles and banjos but they had a whole line of these folk instruments.
After all, Sears owned this Chicago guitar company.
These instruments were the same Harmony made instruments except for the label and accounted for almost half of the instruments made. There were also a large number of "House Brands" made by Harmony.
They supplied many of the big mail order catalogues through the years.