This is a 1959, Silvertone, thinline, hollow body, electric, guitar made by Harmony of Chicago. It's has a shaded walnut/tobaccoburst finish with three hot, DeArmond pickups. The guitar is 100% original. This guitar is just astoundingly beautiful. It has to be one of the most pristine Silvertone's we've ever purchased. It has some very minor wear, scratches, a few nicks on the headstock and one very minor finish crack (crazing) on the back of the body. The original owner put some clear tape underneath the bridge to keep it in place but that can easily be removed, if desired. It was in one family since 1959. The original owner passed it on to his grandson who sold it to VintageSilvertones.com.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The picks up are very strong. The three pickups have individual on/off switches to allow for many combinations of tone. The neck position is full with just a slight edge, the middle is loud, full and bitting, and the bridge pickup is twangy and surf sounding. This guitar has a range that will work for pretty much any style you like on top of that you'll look killer playing it!!! The neck is a really nice size; not too thick or thin in any direction. It has mother-of-pearl fret markers. The neck is straight and all the electronics work properly. This guitar includes an original period Gibson case but is not the one that came with the guitar.
Overall length: 41"
Body width: 16"
Body thickness: 1 7/8"
Scale: 24 1/4"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
String height at 12th fret: 1/8" (top of fret to string)
Width of the nut: 1 3/4"
Depth of the neck at nut: 7/8"
Here's the original description from the Fall-Winter 1959 Sears Catalog:
New-Our Finest Electric Guitar. Never before have we offered so many features! 3 pickups each with tone and volume control plus 3 selector switches--9 controls in all. Slim neck for easy fingering--reinforced with adjustable steel rod. Extra slim body--less than 2 inches deep. The easiest guitar to hold and play you've ever seen.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Carefully selected spruce and maple body. Hand-polished shaded finish. Chrome-plated tuning keys and contrasting celluloid binding for a real quality appearance.
Complete with clear plastic cover to protect finish. Handsome rayon plush-lined carrying case also included, plus advanced technique book.
40 1/2 x 15 1/2 inchesDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
1429L-Shpg. wt. 15 lbs. Cash $175.00
Silvertone model #1429L
Item #: h3020