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During the last two weeks of June an effort was made to finish as many orders as possible and not start any new orders.
The last days of June, we had a complete inventory.
Its very weird and I'm wondering if there was ever any rumors of misprints in the serial numbers. - Yes, it's definitely not rare to see "misprints" serial stamps inside Harmony guitars, between similar models.
They were made on the same assembly line at the factory, and of course the body was the same before routing the holes.
That was before Ed, a former worker from the Harmony factory, said : "The company closed down production every July for two weeks.
It seems Harmony reset these numbers in every batch of the model, so a "6690H22" can be older than a "123H22" for example.
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.
Misprints are especially common for popular models, as the Rocket electrics (H53/H54/H56/H59), or the Archtone acouctic archtops (H1213/H1214/H1215).
I even checked a couple of guitars with double date stamps, one was stamped 19.