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So a old friend of mine was given a 57 harmony rocket when he was 5 from another friend . I first saw the guitar in 2008 and right away asked if he would sell and it was a “no mom would kill me “ with him growing up his idea of the guitars worth really became more apparent . Still after numbers of try it was no , no and no . Tonight he messaged me about the old girl . We are talking payments right now .



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I’d hate to take it from him but I’d hate even more for him to sell it to someone who didn’t want to keep it . So if he can sell his other guitar and amp for $100 I can get this on payments


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I had a single pickup one for a while. It was a fun guitar but in the end it was a one trick pony that was very hard to control at stage volumes. It did have a great tone if you could keep it under control. The pickups are totally microphonic. I used to play drum beats tapping the body of the guitar with my pick. I traded it for a 90's 3 pickup Danelectro reissue which I wish I I still had.
 
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Nice!

That's not a '57 though. The one pictured is a '67 onward.
Two pup Rockets were first produced in '59 in sunburst.
'Red' Rockets came out in '63.
The 'stamped' numbers in your pic are production numbers not specific to dating.
There should be date stamps on the back of the pups.
Also, pre '67's had a 'steel reinforced neck'. Truss rods came in '67 and later.
The 'double mustache' pups with screws came at the same time.
Rocket 2 pickup H54 guitar - made by Harmony
http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H54/142.htm
Here's a pic of my '66 before selling.

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It's a nice looking guitar.
I just want you to be aware of what you're planning to purchase and not overpay based on the wrong info.
 

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Nice!

That's not a '57 though. The one pictured is a '67 onward.
Two pup Rockets were first produced in '59 in sunburst.
'Red' Rockets came out in '63.
The 'stamped' numbers in your pic are production numbers not specific to dating.
There should be date stamps on the back of the pups.
Also, pre '67's had a 'steel reinforced neck'. Truss rods came in '67 and later.
The 'double mustache' pups with screws came at the same time.
Rocket 2 pickup H54 guitar - made by Harmony
http://harmony.demont.net/guitars/H54/142.htm
Here's a pic of my '66 before selling.

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It's a nice looking guitar.
I just want you to be aware of what you're planning to purchase and not overpay based on the wrong info.
Kk I thought the 57 was the year my friend claims it’s a 68 .it comes with a big amp . I had a friend offer to go half’s on it and he takes the amp do id only be paying $225


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Wow, $225 for a ‘67 Rocket is a genuine friend deal. Congrats man. The bassist in a band I play with has a '67 and it's one of the better Harmony guitars I've tried. He paid a lot more than what you're getting yours for, and they seem to command those sorts of prices. Awesome, enjoy it and play it in good health.

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Nice!

That's not a '57 though. The one pictured is a '67 onward.
Two pup Rockets were first produced in '59 in sunburst.
'Red' Rockets came out in '63.
The 'stamped' numbers in your pic are production numbers not specific to dating.
There should be date stamps on the back of the pups.
Also, pre '67's had a 'steel reinforced neck'. Truss rods came in '67 and later.
The 'double mustache' pups with screws came at the same time.
Rocket 2 pickup H54 guitar - made by Harmony
Here's a pic of my '66 before selling.

View attachment 180345
View attachment 180353

It's a nice looking guitar.
I just want you to be aware of what you're planning to purchase and not overpay based on the wrong info.
I played one very similar to that a few months ago.
 

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It is a lot of fun playing a guitar with that much mojo. You can feel all the music that has come out of it. It can be inspiring.
 

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I worked on one similar. I wish I saw the post earlier. You got a sore dick deal on that guitar (ie, you can't beat it). Congrats. The one I did up needed a lot of work. Nothing electrical though, which was surprising, the pickups kick ass as you can tell if you to to the end of the last video (yeah, I suck at playing).


 
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