Harmony rocket

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by gtrfarm, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. 62 Jazzmaster

    62 Jazzmaster Friend of Leo's

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    That is a serious deal, in decent shape they go for well over $300

    Here's my H53 Rocket:
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    and my H59:
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  2. Lowbassnotes

    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    Excuse the lousy photo, here's mine, case is behind it.
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  3. Five-O

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    Nice find ... way to rescue an old guitar, good man.
     
  4. gtrfarm

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    Looks like it says 9944 H53 in the F hole
     
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    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.
     
  7. mbell75

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    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.
     
  8. Warm Gums

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    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:cool:
     
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    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
  11. Lowbassnotes

    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    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.
     
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    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!
     
  13. Warm Gums

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    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.
     
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    Click the Youtube link below to hear mine.
    The pickup is a KILLER.
     
  15. gtrfarm

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    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.
     
  16. gtrfarm

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    What is the link?
     
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    It's at the bottom of this post.
    It's the one that says "youtube" in it.....oddly enough ;)
     
  18. FenderGyrl

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    Plus One !!!! ;)
     
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