c.1974 Stella brand 0-size, 12-fret in ladder braced birch with original finish, 1 3/4” nut, 2 3/8” string spacing, great all-around player for the entry level fingerstyler


The Stella brand was acquired from Oscar Schmidt upon the companies purchase by Harmony before the war. This example comes much later, but before production operations were sent overseas. Wonderful condition, American made, affordably priced for the working man.

SPECS: 0-size body, 12-fret neck, ladder-braced birch top, sides and back in worn lacquer finish, slotted headstock with Stella stencil, period tuning machines, steel reinforced poplar neck with “C” profile, ebony fretboard with brass frets, ebony bridge, bone pins, new bone nut and bone saddle. Nut width: 1 3/4”, String Spacing: 2 3/8”, Scale length: 24 1/8”, Upper bout: 9 5/8“, Lower Bout: 13 5/8”, Body length: 17 3/4”, Widest body depth: 3 3/4”, Overall length: 36 3/8” , Neck thickness at 1st fret: 7/8”, Neck thickness at 5th fret: 7/8”, Action: 1/8”, string gauge setup: custom lights 52-11 gauge standard tuning.

CONDITION: Crack free example in excellent rebuilt condition. Finish has scuffs, crazing, edge wear with bumps and bruises everywhere. Bracing was updated to accommodate modern string tension. Other work included neckset, rosewood bridge and a sweet setup.

SOUND: This is a fine all-around guitar suitable for various playing styles. Generous string spacing is a plus for fingerstyle players. Plays easy and quite loud with the flatpick.

PRICE: $349

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