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1960 Harmony Meteor H71 Vintage Electric Guitar Blonde w/ Gold Foils & Case


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Up for sale, a 1960 Harmony Meteor H71 in perfect working order, 100% original save for a modern tortoise pickguard, complete with a hardshell case. A very early example of the Meteor model with a gloss Blonde nitro lacquer finish, this guitar is unique among Harmony hollowbodies in that it features a spruce top, offering a more complex and rich tone than the maple tops seen on later Meteors and all Rockets, Rebels and assorted H-prefix models. It's no wonder that Meteors found their way into the hands of players including Keith Richards and Dave Davies early in their respective careers.

Acoustically, the guitar offers tons of natural projection and a rich, detailed sound with great percussive snap and bark. And plugged in there's really nothing that can match the balance, clarity, and overall tonal character of a good pair of DeArmond gold foil pickups. They have a cutting twang, tight bass, and a harmonically-rich midrange that sounds great when each pickup is singled out or when paired together. Both pickups have strong output, and when mated with the fully hollow body and spruce/maple tonewood combination, the sound benefits from both the immediate attack of the maple and the warmth and fullness of the hollow construction. The guitar weighs 6lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings and easy-playing action.

The maple neck has a round, substantial C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .895" deep at the 1st fret and .925" at the 9th. The extremely dark bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets that show moderate wear beneath the B and High E on frets 1-8, with a few spots of light wear into the rosewood as well. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with notes that ring out clearly all the way to the last fret. The scale length is 24 1/4", and the hand-carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the original raised metal "Harmony Meteor" badge is present, and the guitar retains its original set of white button Waverly tuning machines.

All of the electronics function as intended, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup and a three-way pickup selector toggle. Both Rowe Industries stickers are still intact on the DeArmond Gold Foil baseplates (the parent company of DeArmond), and visible through the F hole, the 1960 date stamp and H71 model stamp are intact. All of the original hardware is accounted for, and the chrome plating is notably clean on the pickup bezels and trapeze tailpiece. The Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert is intact, as are the rosewood pickup risers and brown "cupcake" Volume and Tone knobs. The reddish brown tortoise pickguard is a modern replacement.

The natural Blonde nitro lacquer gloss finish is 100% original, highlighting curly maple figuring extending across the back. There are repaired side cracks adjacent to the input jack (very common on this model), all glued as needed and stable, and one additional slender repaired split on the bass-side lower bout rim. Tight vertical lacquer checking extends across the body, with a roughly rectangular spot of faint finish wear in the clear coat central to the back, some scuffing central to the lower bout on the back, and some additional minor dings on the body as a whole. The neck retains its smooth nitro gloss on profile, free of palm wear with some small, shallow marks on the profile length that aren’t distracting to the palm while fretting.

This very early and uncommon Blonde Meteor is in many ways Harmony's quintessential model, complete with a modern black tolex hardshell case.