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Beware ! You're in Kamikazie here. Not many pro luthiers around, more often brave souls experimenting in their kitchen.

Meteor project - by Michael

This page was copied from www.guitarhucksters.com, Michael's website. A big thanks Michael !
Michael lives in Finland so dates are in the european format d/m/y

The guitar arrived at Helsinki customs on august 11 2006.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

The original finish was stripped and the guitars surface is grimy. The bridge, tuners and knobs are non-original.
The electronics work and the guitar has no cracks or deep scratches.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

august 22
Body and neck sanded and laquered (...and sanded and laquered...). The secret of a good finish is in the amount of prep work, the actual spraying is not the most important part.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project


25.8
Michael's Harmony Meteor project

The eagerly awaited package from Kevin Bacon (...not THAT Kevin Bacon) arrived containing parts for both my Meteor and Silvertone projects.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

It's essential to have contact with other Harmony/Silvertone enthusiasts if you want to restore these guitars. They're not like Gibsons and Fenders which have a whole spare part industry ready to sell you anything you need.
Here are the modern Schaller tuners that the Meteor had installed :

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Replaced by Grover Sta-Tites which are pretty close to the original tuners :

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

The front of the headstock (before & after). Meteor repro badge by Banana Guitars

Michael's Harmony Meteor project


10.10
Time for the experts to do their thing. Should be ready in a couple of weeks...

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Here are some pictures (taken by Juha Ruokangas - www.ruokangas.com) which illustrate how to put the electronics back into a hollow-body guitar:

Michael's Harmony Meteor project Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Use guitar strings or other stiff wires to connect to the parts.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Once the wires have found the holes, pull until the pots, jacks etc. come up in the right places.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Then screw the pickups in place.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project


16.10
That was fast! The Meteor is now ready (except for a pair of knobs which should arrive any day...). It turned out really good.

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Michael's Harmony Meteor project

Michael - october 2006

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