1963 Harmony Rocket H59 with 3 Rowe Industries DeArmond “Gold Foil” Pickups

1963 Harmony Rocket H59 with 3 Rowe Industries DeArmond “Gold Foil” Pickups

This one has been a favorite since day one, the Harmony Rocket:I just about jumped out of my chair when this one popped up in PoDunk, AL (not a real place).  It was covered in half a century's dirt and dust from being in a garage for so long.  After a quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth the finish was sparkling.  I was amazed at how well this one cleaned up.  Seems like the first thing anyone notices about these are the knobs.  SO MANY KNOBS:Individual Bakelite volume and tone knobs…Read more
My Vintage Guitar and Gear Wishlist…. and why I think these things are cool

My Vintage Guitar and Gear Wishlist…. and why I think these things are cool

There are always weird guitars and gear that I see and hope to run into one day.  Recently it has been a Harmony made Silvertone and a brand new amp from Fender.  More on that one later.The Silvertone 1446l has been popping up on my radar just about everywhere.  These things are American made by Harmony in Chicago from 1962 until 1967.  They featured a Bigsby Vibrato, a hollow body of laminated maple (even though the ads said Spruce top and back!) and the very illusive Seth Lover designed, stagger-poled mini-humbuckers.  I have…Read more