Lafayette 99-9141 WX Meets Harmony Rocket

10 11 2008

The amp stopped working so I pulled it apart and it looks like it’s just a blown fuse, but as I’ve learned from Gerald Weber books this is likely an indicator of an additional internal problem. Hopefully, it’s not a bad transformer.

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Until I can get a few replacement fuses and begin to troubleshoot the amp, a description of its sonic properties will have to wait. But, the disasembled state that it’s in will afford a good opportunity for pictures of the circuitry.

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As can partially be seen in the photos above, the Lafayette amp is slightly larger than a Gibson GA-5T but the Lafayette is a real budget model in comparison with the Gibson. Comparing the build quality of the two amps is not too far away from lining up a Robin Reliant to a Rolls Royce.

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The guitar here is a Harmony Rocket from, as near as I can tell, 1974. I bought it the day before Christmas, 1993 with a $175 holiday bonus from a new job. I wasn’t really crazy about it as a guitar but it was the only one in the shop for that amount of money or less that could be tuned!

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The Harmony is a poor man’s 335 to be sure, but it does have that sweet tone shared by most semi-hollowbodies. I recently ran it thru a cranked Silvertone 1470 and the neck pickup produced a nice, bluesy, buttery soft sound while the bridge pickup was much sharper and the tone coming through the 1470 was close to the Vox AC-30/Rickenbacker chime of mid-period Beatles recordings such as “She’s A Woman” and “Day Tripper”.


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