Up for sale, a 1963 Harmony H59 Rocket in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard case. This USA-made Harmony is the top-tier model in the Rocket family, featuring a fully hollow body and vibrant nitro lacquer two-tone Sunburst finish with a trio of DeArmond Gold Foil "Golden Tone" pickups at its heart. Given the maple body construction, this guitar has an acoustic sound with plenty of natural top end cut, balanced with the warmth and smooth attack of a fully hollow body.
Few pickups can match the balance, clarity, and overall tonal character of original DeArmond Gold Foil pickups. They have a percussive snap and twang, tight bass, and a rich midrange that sounds great when each pickup is singled out or when paired together. All three pickups have strong output, and each setting on the four way rotary pickup selector switch is distinct. Weighing 6lbs 6oz, this guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings and easy-playing action.
The maple neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulders, easily filling the palm, measuring .920” deep at the 1st fret and 1.030” at the 12th. The dyed maple fretboard has some finger wear into the wood behind frets 1-3 which doesn't impact playability, and the slender fretwire benefits from a level and crown, exhibiting virtually no wear. This guitar plays cleanly up the straight, steel-reinforced neck, and the scale length measures 24 1/4“. The bone nut measures 1 3/4“ in width, and on the headstock, the white Harmony and Rocket silkscreen logos are bold and clean. The original open gear strip tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well with the original white buttons intact.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with uncommon, yet original brown “cupcake” Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup that follow the contour of the lower bout of the body, paired with a four-way rotary pickup selector switch. The knobs are very clean, with gold silkscreen text, and the “Harmony” text on the pickguard is intact. All of the original hardware is intact including the three Brazilian rosewood pickup risers, rosewood bridge, and positively gleaming trapeze tailpiece. The pickup baseplates retain the 1963 date stamps, and visible through the F hole on the body, the Fall, 1963 date stamp and H59 model stamp are present.
The Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish highlights subtle birdseye figuring on the back, and cosmetic wear includes a bit of buckle wear on the back and a handful of minor marks and finish scratches on the body as a whole consistent with light, careful use. The smooth gloss on the neck exhibits palm wear through the gloss on the majority of the profile resulting in a smooth, worn-in feel.
The original gray chipboard case is included with functional latches and the original handle