Up for sale, a 1964 Harmony Meteor H71, professionally setup and in perfect working order. An honestly played vintage example, this Blonde-finished Meteor sports a pair of original DeArmond gold foil pickups. 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 such as Keith Richards and Dave Davies early in their respective careers.
Acoustically, the guitar offers a big bold voice with tons of percussive cut and projection, and plugged in there's really nothing that can match the balance, clarity, and overall tonal character of a good pair of 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 is featherweight at 6lbs 10oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 10-46 strings and comfortable action.
The maple neck has a round, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder and an inviting, easy-playing feel, measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 11th before flattening out at the heel. The bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard features the original slender frets which have their full factory height, showing only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4. The guitar plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The original hand-carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the original raised metal "Harmony Meteor" badge is fully intact, and the guitar has been fitted with a set of modern genuine Waverly tuning machines with light aging. These tuners offer superior functionality and a very smooth gear ratio while retaining a vintage, open-gear look with butterbean buttons.
The moustache gold foil pickups are original, and this particular gold foil iteration features adjustable pole pieces to better balance the individual string's output. Both pickups retain their Rowe Industries foil stickers (DeArmond's parent company) on the baseplates and matching May 7th, 1964 date stamps. Both pickups have their Brazilian rosewood pickup risers too, matching the original floating Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert. Visible through the bass-side F hole, the original H71 model stamp and 1964 date stamp is present. The surrounds on the moustache gold foils and tailpiece have particularly gleaming plating, and the nickel trapeze tailpiece is also clean and stock. Plastics include the original quartet of brown cupcake knobs and a modern tortoise pickguard.
The guitar features the original Blonde nitro lacquer gloss finish, highlighting light curly flame figuring extending across the back. There are just a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the back, with more concentrated nicks and finish checking on the spruce top, primarily on the bass side. The guitar does have the usual repair at the input jack, with a few professionally stabilized cracks, some lacquer overspray, and one small new square patch of maple surrounding the jack itself, ensuring optimal stability.
This Meteor is dialed in to play its best with fresh strings, low action, and a great range of traditional DeArmond gold foil tones.