Up for sale, a 1961 Harmony Meteor H70 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. A lightly played vintage example, this vintage Meteor is very soulful and an excellent player. What has made this particular Meteor an enduring favorite and a unique instrument among Harmony hollowbodies is the spruce top, which has 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 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings and low action.
The maple neck has a deep and round C shaped profile that's firmly in "baseball bat" territory, with big shoulders and a very substantial feel. This profile fills the palm yet is still very manageable for smaller hands and chords easily, measuring .925" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 9th. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard retains the original slender frets which show moderate wear primarily beneath the plain strings on frets 1-5, with fainter wear tapering off beneath the plains by fret 9. The guitar plays easily 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 complete with the original white switch tip. Both of the Rowe Industries stickers are still intact on the DeArmond Gold Foil baseplates (the parent company of DeArmond), along with matching July 19, 1961 date stamps, while the body date stamp visible through the F hole is from the second half of 1959. All of the original hardware is accounted for, and the chrome plating is particularly clean on the pickup bezels. The Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert is intact, as are the rosewood pickup risers, cream "cupcake" Volume and Tone knobs, and the original nitrate tortoise pickguard. The original Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece has a smooth response for dynamic warbles and shimmies.
The two-tone Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is intact, exhibiting broad lacquer checking and a few small nicks on the spruce top. There are some light finish scuffs and a few additional minor marks on the back, with one repaired split at the bass-side waist, and a couple slender splits repaired at the input jack, and targeted gloss overspray is this area. The input jack area is completely stable and reliable.