Up for sale, a 1959 Harmony H49 Stratotone Jupiter in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the second year of the H49's production run, the Stratotone Jupiter is one of the most unique and well-designed instruments to feature DeArmond's famed gold foils pickups. The guitar features full hollowbody construction, with a solid spruce top, maple back and sides, and slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard. This guitar delivers plenty of twang and top end, balanced with a full midrange and tight bass response, thanks to the particular tonewood complement. The clear, percussive quality of the DeArmond gold foils really shines here, with a glassy, dynamic snap and woody bite when you dig in hard. The guitar is featherweight at a mere 4lbs 12oz. The Stratotone H49 model was one of Harmony's top tier offerings in the late 1950s and early '60s, and this example has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with ideal action and fresh 10-46 strings.
The neck has a baseball bat-worthy chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register, measuring .955" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 10th. The Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard features multi-ply binding and pearloid block inlay, and the original slender frets are intact with their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The scale length measures 24 1/4", and the nylon nut measures a full 1 3/4" wide. On the headstock, the guitar features the original Stratotone silkscreen logo as well as the extremely clean and stock Waverly open-gear tuning machines which turn smoothly.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should including the ingenious "Blender" knob. This knob acts as a balance control between the two pickups when both are selected, giving the player a smooth gradient between the Bridge and Neck positions. This is easily one of the coolest features of the Stratotone Jupiter and one found only on this model. The 1958-59 Stratotone wiring harnesses are unique for having small metal brackets around the mini CTS pots, and beneath the tortoise guard, the 1959 date stamp is visible on the inside back of the body. The transparent tortoise pickguard retains its complete set of transparent mini DeArmond bell knobs, and the pickguard and pickup surrounds are in remarkable shape. Hardware includes a replacement floating rosewood bridge, stock nickel trapeze tailpiece with light surface patina, and even the original plastic strap buttons.
The nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and the two-tone Sunburst gloss highlights light ripples of curly flame across the back, with some small requisite finish chips and scuffs across the back as well. There is modest finish loss on the bass side of the body on the lower bout, with light finish checking and a few minor nicks on the spruce top
A vintage Harmony form fit chipboard is included with the original latches and handle.