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SILVERTONE Crest: Model 1348
1953

Silvertone Crest H537 made by Harmony in Chicago, one pickup, electric guitar, hollow body, tobaccoburst white striped binding, spruce top, maple sides and back, made in 1953 This is a rare Silvertone Crest model 1348, made by Harmony of Chicago circa 1953. The Harmony number is H537. It is a hollowbody, tobaccoburst, bound, archtop with a single coil pickup, raised, molded, tortoiseshell pickguard surrounding the pickup, matched spruce top with maple sides and back, brown deluxe knobs, a white plastic strap button, two f-holes, trapeze style fixed tailpeice, adjustable rosewood bridge and a beautiful headstock with a crested silvertone logo. This guitar is gorgeuous from its fancy heraldry-style headstock to its unique knobs. It is 100% original and still looks fine for a sixty-two year old instrument. This Silvertone is in good condition. The neck is straight, the action is fast and the pickup seems to be as clear and potent as it has ever been. It still looks lovely, feels fastastic and sounds superb. Don't miss your chance to get this classic!

CONDITION:
This guitar is 100% original. It is in good condition. There are about three or four minor scrapes on the front upper and lower treble bouts and a very small, minor nip on the back. The front and back are otherwise very clean. More instense finish wear can be seen on the bottom of the guitar near the strap pin where there are a few scratches to the paint. There is also a thin, slight, split about two inches long in the finish at the very top center of the back. The binding is in good conditon except for one small spot in the middle of the treble side where it is a little loose from the wood. Most of the wear is barely noticeable. We state it all for full disclosure but the guitar is so beautiful you'll never notice the minor wear. This guitar looks fanstastic, plays beautifully and sounds great!
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TUNERS:
The individual, opened-back tuners with white plastic buttons are in good working condition. They turn smoothly and hold the tuning well.
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NECK:
The neck is in good shape. It's a straight, glued-on neck with rectangular, mother-of-pearl inlays on a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, and a 25" scale. The frets are in great condition. The back of the neck has one small nip but no playing wear. The headstock, featuring a beautiful crest logo on a tortoise shell style surface, has no wear on the front but some minor wear along the top edges on the back. The action is fast. The neck and the frets feel fantastic under your fingers. Description from VintageSilvertones.com

PICKUPS:
It has one metal, single coil pickup at the neck which has a very clean, potent, round, warm, jazzy tone. There are two deluxe, brown knobs: one tone and one volume. Using the tone pot, you can get a variety of sounds suitable for many musical styles. The pots and toggle sound quite clean.

The Dimensions are:
    Overall length: 42"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
    Body width: 16.5"
    Body thickness: 3 3/8" with neck 3.75"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
    Scale: 25" approx.
    Width of the nut: 1 11/16" (depth 1")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/8"

1953 Sears Catalog description:

Silvertone ARCHED ELECTRIC GUITARS
All electric guitars listed below have tone and volume controls, built-in pickup.
Study Book, 10-ft. cord, pick included with each.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Fine quality Silvertone Electric Guitar. High-quality matched spruce top. Select maple back, sides, 3-ply binding on top and back. Fingerboard edges bound...protects fingers. 41x16 1/4in.
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57 K 01350L-Blonde-finish guitar. Shpg. wt. 12 lbs...................$89.95
57 K T1360L-Above with amplifier (N) below. Shpg. wt. 41 lbs..$173.95
57 K 01348L-Brown with shaded sunburst. Shpg. wt. 12 lbs.......$89.95
57 K T1358L-Above with amplifier (N) below. Shpg. wt. 41 lbs..$173.95

Silvertone Crest H537 Item#: h3055 $1479
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Silvertone Crest H537 made by Harmony in Chicago, one pickup, electric guitar, hollow body, tobaccoburst white striped binding, spruce top, maple sides and back, made in 1953


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