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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 exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. An early example of the Meteor model with a gloss Blonde nitro lacquer finish, this Harmony is 100% original save for a modern pickguard.

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. Plugged in, the pair of DeArmond gold foil pickups have a percussive treble cut and chirp, focused 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. Weighing 5lbs 13oz, this H71 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Flame maple
-Shape: Substantial "baseball bat" C, full shoulders, measuring .965” 1st fret, .985” 12th fret
-Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood, block inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4
-Scale Length: 24 1/2”
-Nut: 1 3/4”, bone
-Tuners: Waverly open-gear

Body Specs:

-Wood: Spruce, Flame maple
-Pickups: Gold foil x2, Rowe Industries stickers on baseplates
-Harness: Volume x2, Tone x2, Three-way pickup selector
-Hardware: Brazilian rosewood bridge and pickup risers, trapeze tailpiece
-Plastics: Modern four-ply tortoise pickguard (factory protective film still intact), “cupcake” knobs x4
-Serialization: 1960 date stamp and H71 model stamp visible through F hole

The gloss Blonde nitro lacquer finish highlights curly, three-dimensional flame figuring across the back and along the neck profile. There are a couple short and professionally addressed splits adjacent to the neck bolts from over-tightening in this area (currently the bolts are properly tightened), and a similar professionally repaired tiny split in the laminate rim adjacent to the input jack. Cosmetic wear is limited to a number of pinhead-sized dings and faint finish scratches on top and a bit of concentrated buckle rash central to the back. The neck profile retains its smooth gloss, highlighting flame figuring in the maple, with a scant few shallow marks along the profile length.

A vintage hardshell case is included.