This is a rare 1960 Silvertone 1427L (It was also model number 1385L and renumbered 1427L in 1960. The Harmony model number is H62) archtop electric guitar made by Harmony of Chicago. It's virtually identical to the Espanada except the binding is not aluminum on this model. It's a thick body (3"), jazz style guitar with a black finish, white binding and pickgaurd and two pickups. The tonal range is extremely full and stunning. It can handle a myriad of playing styles, from punk to jazz to country.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This Silvertone guitar is great piece of American craftsmanship. Not only is it incredible to look at, it sounds amazing too. This is a guitar that you'll want to hold onto forever and it will also appreciate in value significantly because it's so rare!Description from VintageSilvertones.com
CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
It's in good shape for its age. The neck is straight, all the electronics work properly and the action is fast. It's got the usual wear for a guitar this age; there's some crazing (finish cracks) and a few nicks here and there but overall it's quite beautiful. All of the parts are original except for a period correct tailpiece replacement and minor binding replacement at the bottom of the fingerboard.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Opened back individual chrome-plated tuners with metal buttons in very good working order.
NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Glued-on, straight neck with rectangular mother of pearl inlays, 20 frets, and 25.25" scale. Frets are in very good condition with no visible wear. The headstock is clean with a little normal wear on top.
PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Two pickups which are strong and in good working order. The neck pickup possesses a warm jazzy round tone while the bridge pickup also has a warm but more trebly, tone with a good amount of edge. Both together are strong with a smooth, clean tone. One volume and one tone control for each pickup. All the electronics are in proper working order.
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The Dimensions are:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Overall length: 42 3/8"
Body width: 16.75"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 2 7/8" (with neck: 3.25")
Scale: 25 1/4"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1.75" (Depth at nut: 1")
String height at 12th fret: 3/16"
Here's the original description from the 1960 Sears catalog:
Special Slim Neck Makes Fingering Easier
Thin cutaway body is easy to hold
lets you finger modern chords easily
$134.95 ($13.50 down)
Hand-polished finish--gleaming black lacquer, trimmed with white guard plate and celluloid edge binding. Made to last .. select spruce top and back, with maple side .. carefully aged and seasoned. Large, pearl-effect celluloid position markers are easy to see. 7 position dots on each side of neck.
Two adjustable pickups, each with its own tone and volume control. Three-position selector switch lets you use upper or lower or both pickups at the same time. Each pickup is adjustable to get the exact volume you want from each string. 10-ft. electric cord, pick, advanced technique book.
57 K 1427L--Guitar. Wt. 12 lbs. $13.50 dn., $10 mo....$134.95
Item #: h3047