Up for sale, a 1965 Harmony H59 Rocket in excellent, 100% original condition and perfect working order. A very rare Holiday-branded example sold through the Aldens mail order catalog, this USA-made Harmony is set apart from other H59 Rockets, featuring a vibrato unit instead of the typical trapeze tailpiece. This is the top-tier model in the Rocket family, featuring a fully hollow body and vibrant nitro lacquer two-tone Sunburst finish, loaded 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.
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 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. Featherweight at 6lbs 9oz, this guitar has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 strings.
The maple neck has a very substantial U-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder. It’s a hearty handful, measuring .950” at the 1st fret and .985” at the 9th. The dyed maple fretboard boasts the original fretwire, which retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6. The guitar plays cleanly all the way to the last fret, and the scale length measures 24 1/4". The original nylon nut measures a full 1 3/4“ in width. On the headstock, the white Holiday silkscreen logo is clean, and the original open gear strip tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well with original white buttons.
On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, with original cream 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 cupcake knobs are notably clean with gold silkscreen text, and the pickguard is a bright shade of white with a flawless Harmony logo, showing one repaired split in the plastic adjacent to the bracket mounting hole. All of the original hardware is intact including the three Brazilian rosewood pickup risers, rosewood bridge, and chrome-plated vibrato unit which actuates quite easily. All three of the pickups have their original gold Rowe Industries (parent company of DeArmond) stickers on the baseplates too, with matching date stamps from Dec 1st, 1965. Visible through the F hole on the body, the original H59 model designation stamp is present and bold.
The original nitro lacquer finish is vibrant and striking with light vertical lacquer checking, and cosmetic wear is limited to some small scattered nicks and light finish scratches, mostly relegated to the back. The nitro gloss finish on the profile is smooth, with palm wear through the finish on the fretboard edges.