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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by gtrfarm, Mar 22, 2014.
That is a serious deal, in decent shape they go for well over $300
Here's my H53 Rocket:
and my H59:
Excuse the lousy photo, here's mine, case is behind it.
Nice find ... way to rescue an old guitar, good man.
Looks like it says 9944 H53 in the F hole
Database has some info on dating them:
Seriously? Man, some of you guys are so lucky! That DeArmond pickup is worth about $150 alone. Those H53s sell for $600-$800 all day. Its missing the Harmony pick guard someone will want if you re-sell it but those can be had for $50. Amazing find.
I wouldn't do it, if you ever want to re-sell it, you won't get much for it. Collecters and even enthusiasts like myself want all original parts. You start replacing stuff, you seriously devalue it.
The newer three on a plate are a big improvement over the originals, that were made of pot metal with gears cut on basic machinery. They should drop straight in. Just keep the old ones. I just updated some on a'60s Kay acoustic, BIG improvement.
Nice find, I'm between hollow/Semis, and that's about my budget
Here's a page I put together a while back on simple things you can do to make these more playable: http://tennesseeorange.iwarp.com/photo.html
Yeah that sounds good, any particular ones you'd recommend? I've wanted a set of regular beefy 3 a side but something I don't have to ream out for sounds appealing.
Depends if you wanna just look at them or actually play em' hard I guess. Here's a tip-keep all your original parts in a box in case you need them.
i gig regularly with a 65 h-54 rocket through a 65 Ampeg Rocket! it's a cosmic combination! i get really cool harmonic things happening with it. those double moustach pups are awsome!
I get mine from Amazon, several exporters list them, for @ 5.00 a set. They seem to be the same ones that are repackaged by Ping, and/or sold by the various parts dealers w/the usual mark up.
It does take about 3 weeks to get them, and be sure that you are getting steel shafts, not the ones, w/ the plastic rollers for classicals.
When you install them use a decent screw driver of the right size (a #1 Phillips usually works) not a little electronics thing, the screws are small, but you want to set the tip well and drive them firmly, it can help to spin the screws in a bar of soap. Using a too small driver will round the slots, and too big of one will snap the head off. I usually lube the gears with a touch of vasiline, before stringing up, and they work great.
Click the Youtube link below to hear mine.
The pickup is a KILLER.
Thanks. You guys are the best. I was going to pass it up until I posted the question. I will be able to plug it in tomorrow night.
What is the link?
It's at the bottom of this post.
It's the one that says "youtube" in it.....oddly enough
Plus One !!!!