This is a Silvertone 1454, redburst, thinline, semihollow body, single-cutaway, triple pick-up electric guitar made by Harmony of Chicago in the Fall of 1964. The guitar is completely original and in near-perfect condition with its silvery smooth Bigsby vibrato, maple body, DeArmonds (Rowe) pickups and beautiful details. Just take a look at the rosewood (Brazilian, presumably) supports for the pickups or the tortoise shell pick guard and plate for the pickup switches! With its triple pickups and medium fast fingerboard, it feels and sounds as superb as it looks. The 1454 has long been considered one of the more top quality guitars in the Silvertone family, and originally one of their most pricey models. This 1454 is a players and collectors condition guitar. You can hear this guitar played on Bob Dylan's album "Modern Times". Check out the inner sleeve of the cd cover for a photo of it in the guitarist's hands. The guitar includes the original hard shell case. Don't miss the chance to own and play this terrific, very sought-after, instrument in this great condition. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is in excellent condition, particularly since it was built about half a century ago! It's got the usual wear for a guitar this age: some scratches/nicks along with playing wear and paint chips but overall it's very clean. 100% original from its Bigsby tailpiece to its adjustable Brazilian rosewood bridge to it Silvertone logo's headstock. There are two "bedazzles" on the headstock, as if a previous owner did not think that this beautiful, near-perfect guitar was not already a gem. You can feel the crystal clear tones and vibes that decades of good care and conditioning has brought to this guitar. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Opened back individual chrome-plated tuners with metal button in very good working order.
NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The neck is straight and, with its medium-fast action, perfect for rhythm and "take-off" playing. It has mother of pearl inlays in the fretboard. There is some playing wear on the back of the neck and a paint chip towards the headstock (see photos) but that has no effect on the perfect playability and sound.
PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
All the electronics work properly. The pickups are very strong single coils. The 1454 has a great tonal range provided by the three pickups and all the possible combinations between them. Each pickup has it's own on/off switch and volume and tone knobs so there is a nice variety of sounds and styles you can create and play on this instrument from rock to country to punk to jazz, and whatever else you can imagine.
The Dimensions are:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Overall length: 42"
Body width: 16"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 2" (with neck: 2 9/16")
Scale: 24 1/4"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1.75" (Depth at nut: 1")
String height at 12th fret: 1/16" (0.0625")
Here's the original description from the 1965 Sears catalog:
Professional quality hollow-body
Resonant arched tops and tone-chamber bodies
build and brighten the sound of every note..Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Bigsby tailpiece adds perfectly true vibrato
Our finest dual and triple-pickup guitars! Both have laminated-maple tops and backs. Their extra-slim necks speed your fingering. Ovalled fingerboards and low-set strings make even hard chords easy. Each pickup has its own tone and volume controls. Adjustable bridge. Adjustable steel reinforcing rod in neck. Chrome-plated tuning keys. Inlaid position markers. About 41x16x2 inches. Advanced techniques book.
$189.95Description from VintageSilvertones.com
with triple pickup
Hand-rubbed, cherry red finish. With rayon plush-lined case. Tortoise-shell-type guard plate. 3 selector switches give 7 different pickup combinations.
57 H 1454L--Shpg. wt. 15 lbs. $9min.