Preliminary Announcement - 11/05/2020 - provisional details.
Update! - 12/05/2020 - Immediate reservation of the guitar, by an existing customer....his third VTG guitar!
21/06/2020 - Restoration completed! - New set of photos of completed restoration now added! - on it's way to the customer in Bedfordshire!
Many of the restored vintage guitars I sell are now "pre-sold" - their restoration is completed for a particular buyer who has enquired from previous sales, on an informal reservation, or "pre-order" basis. Please enquire for further details.
In this case the work is more of an overhaul than a major restorations, but the same arrangements apply, until I have completed the work....during which process I will be adding more detail to the information on this guitar.
Stock Number: VTG1572.
The Harmony "Rocket" Electric Thinline Hollowbody guitar was in production in it's various forms from 1959 to 1972. The H54, single cutaway, 2 pickup version of the Rocket appeared, alongside the single pickup version from the outset, went through a colour change from Sunburst to Red in '63, and a pickup change from "Golden Tone" to "Double Mustache" versions (as on this guitar) of the DeArmond Goldfoil pickups in '66, before being superseded by it's successor, the double cutaway bodied H54/1 in 1968. The Harmony Guitars Database information on the guitar is on this link..........
More information to follow when available, including details on the slim neck and shorter scale of this model, although these are referred to in the "Original Catalog Details" available via the HGD link.
Dimensions: Overall Length: 40.5"/103cm. Body Length: 19.75"/50.5cm. Body Width: 15.75"/39.75cm. Body Depth: 2"/50mm. Scale Length: 24.25"/615mm. Nut Width: 1.75"/44.5mm.
Essentially original condition.....only exceptions appear to be that it came with a DIY copied pickguard, which has now been replaced by a correct original unit, from a 1966 guitar of exactly the same model, as shown in the updated photos.
Cosmetically, the guitar is beautifully maintained....the absolute minimum of marks.very small chips you could expect to find on a 50+ year old guitar.
Electrically, modern wiring loop can be seen through F-hole. Control pot layout is traditional to Harmony electrics, but designed to confuse Gibson players....Volumes are the two upper knobs, not the two fronts & Tone controls on lower pair. The guitar has been visually inspected with the professional luthier I work with, and plugged in at his workshop, confirming that pickups, and all controls work as they should. On his advice the bridge pickup will be raised slightly.
The only other past alteration I can see is previous work to intonate the top of the original dyed hardwood adjustable floating bridge...having been a little roughly done, I have tidied it up basically, and completing fingerboard adjustment, re-levelling, and re-fret, as below, the overhaul/restoration works have now been completed.
Brief restoration work schedule has included:
Check & adjust fingerboard angle & alignment, remove worn existing frets, re-level fingerboard, maintaining 12” Radius, and install new frets. Check & re-fit original nut, and overhaul floating bridge. Fit new set of strings & complete set-up adjustments.
Action......set up & checked by luthier, is excellent at approx. 1.75mm./2.5mm. at 12th. fret.
Strings.....new set fitted - D'Addario XL Nickel Wound Medium Gauge 11-49 strings with wound 3rd.
There is no case included......the guitar came in a soft Yamaha gig bag....I will look into the question of suitable cases, but although don't immediately have any obvious good options, I may be able to update.