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As you probably know by now, many of the student-model Harmonys feel kind of frangible. By contrast, this guitar, the highest-end of the Jupiter models, feels tangible. Its features include a spruce top, maple back and sides, and original open-back Waverly tuners. It’s lightweight, tipping the scales at about six pounds. What’s more, none of the plastic pieces have breaks, although the end strap button is missing. The prior owner put copper foil on the bottom of the pickguard and the control area, which helps tremendously to reduce hum.

But wait, there’s more—the original three-way pickup selector switch, which was on its way out when we bought the guitar, has been replaced with a four-way selector we scavenged from a period-correct Harmony Rocket. This wiring scheme provides the original three positions, plus neck and bridge with blend, to yield an exceptional lead tone that is gritty and visceral, with abundant bite.

And yes, there’s still more—this Jupiter has one of the most comfortable Harmony necks we have ever encountered. If you look up the word “user-friendly” in the dictionary, you might even see a picture of this neck. No kidding — it’s that good. Ships in original two-tone chipboard case that has a broken handle, but is otherwise sound. $1000