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1966 Harmony Rocket H59 Red Sunburst w/ DeArmond Gold Foils, Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Harmony Rocket H59 in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original chipboard case. 100% original save for a replica pickguard, this Chicago, IL-made Harmony was the top-tier model in the Rocket family, featuring a fully hollow body, vibrant Red Sunburst finish, and trio of DeArmond “mustache” Gold Foil pickups. This particular iteration of the H59 is the second version produced, available from 1966-67.

The all-maple hollowbody construction gives this guitar exceptional natural resonance and top end cut, providing an ideal platform for the pickups. 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 engaged together. All three pickups have strong output, and each setting on the four way rotary pickup selector switch is distinct. This Rocket weighs 6lbs 9oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings and easy-playing action.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Shape: Substantial U, measuring .925” 1st fret, .965” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Dyed maple, dot inlay
-Frets: Slender, very faint wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4
-Scale Length: 24 1/4”
-Nut: 1 3/4”, nylon
-Tuners: Open-gear

Body Specs:

-Wood: Maple
-Pickups: DeArmond “mustache” Gold Foil x3, “Oct. 31, 1966” date stamp on baseplate
-Controls: Four-way rotary pickup selector, Volume x3, Tone x3
-Hardware: Rosewood bridge, chrome-plated trapeze tailpiece
-Plastics: One-ply pickguard (replacement, upper mounting screw redrilled), cream cupcake knobs, chicken head rotary knob
-Serialization: H59 model stamp visible through bass-side F hole

The gloss Red Sunburst finish exhibiting subtle lacquer checking, and cosmetic wear is limited to some light scuffing on the lower bout on the back, and wear is otherwise limited to a few tiny finish chips and additional minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth matching gloss, with one ding on the treble side of the carve behind fret 2, and light wear on the top headstock edge.

The original chipboard case is included.