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1963 Harmony Rocket H54 Vintage Electric Guitar Sunburst w/ DeArmond Gold Foils


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Up for sale, a 1963 Harmony Rocket model H54 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. An early example of the Rocket platform, this Harmony is fully hollow and featherweight at only 6lbs 5oz with a bright and crisp acoustic tone that translates well through the pickups. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with fresh 11-49 roundwound strings and comfortable action, this Harmony Rocket is ready for stage and studio use.

There's really nothing that 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 harmonically rich midrange that sounds great when each pickup is singled out or when paired together. This pair of gold foils sound great individually, with a particularly full and even tone with both pickups engaged. Each pickup has strong output, and when mated with the fully hollow maple body, the tone benefits from both the immediate attack of the maple and the warmth and fullness of the hollow construction.

The maple neck has a round "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .930" deep at the 1st fret and .970" at the 10th. The dyed maple fretboard sports bright white binding, pearloid dot inlay, and original slender fretwire. The frets have their full factory height, showing virtually no wear, and the guitar plays well in every register up the steel-reinforced neck. The scale length is 24 1/4", and the original carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the silkscreen graphics are practically perfect, and the chrome-plated strip tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

All of the electronics work as they should, with individual Volume and Tone knobs for each pickup. The DeArmond gold foils have gleaming chrome pickup covers and Brazilian rosewood pickup risers. Plastics include a bright white pickguard with a flawless silkscreened Harmony logo, and the gold text on the quartet of cream cupcake knobs is equally clean. The dyed maple bridge and chrome trapeze tailpiece round out the hardware. Visible through the F hole, the 1963 date stamp and H54 model stamp is nice and bold.

Cosmetically, this guitar is in spectacular overall shape, with a vibrant original gloss Sunburst nitro lacquer finish. Wear is limited to light pick scuffing across the pickguard and a few minor dings and light finish scratches on the body as a whole.

A modern heavy-duty padded gigbag is included.