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circa 1959

Silvertone Kay 1425 2pu electric guitar This is a sweet Silvertone, red sunburst, hollow body, model 1425, electric guitar made for Sears by Kay of Chicago. It has two supreme sounding pickups that range from twangy to smooth. It also features a hardwood top with maple back and sides. This guitar can be played acoustically or electrically and sounds fantastic both ways. It's a nice light guitar that really puts out. The neck is straight and all the electronics work properly. The action is set fast and it plays really well. This Silvertone feels really good in your hands and sounds amazing. This is definitely a collector's and/or player's guitar.Description from

The guitar is completely original, although there is a metal strap pin at the heel which we believe may have been added. The original wooden strap pin at the bottom of the guitar is in great condition. One interesting thing to note is that the 1959 Sears catalog has this same guitar but the pickup control is a slider versus the toggle on this model. This guitar is virtually identical to the Kay Pacer model K6550 except the binding/trim in this model is one solid color versus the Pacer's black and white striped trim. It appears that Kay sold these guitars from the mid-late 1950s through the mid-1960s. The pick-ups are indicative of that time period.
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CONDITION:Description from
This guitar is in good condition. Fully bound, nice, clean body with no major nicks or dings. Although there is some crazing on the front, the red sunburst finish looks terrific after 55 years.

TUNERS:Description from
Individual closed-back chrome-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons. They appear a little rusty but are in perfect, smooth working order.
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NECK:Description from
Glued-on, bound, straight neck with rectangular, mother-of-pearl inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 19 frets, and 26" scale. Frets are in very good condition. The Silvertone logo'd headstock shows very little wear on the edges. The action is super fast and the fretboard feels fantastic under the fingers. The neck is kept straight with a steel reinforcement rod.
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PICKUPS:Description from
The two great single-coil pickups are powerful and in good working order. The neck pickup has a smooth, round, thick, clean tone great for jazz, rock and blues depending on your settings. The bridge pickup is clean and bright, perfect for a myriad of styles including, rock, jazz soul, funk and punk. Both pickups together, with usage of the tone settings, gives you a wide range of tonal possibilities. One volume and one tone control for each pickup and a three way toggle switch for pickup selection, bridge, neck and both. All the electronics are in great working order.
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The Dimensions are:Description from
    Overall length: 43"
    Body width: 17.25"Description from
    Body thickness: 3" (with neck: 3.5")
    Scale: 26"Description from
    Width of the nut: 1.75" (Depth at nut: 1")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/16"

1959 Sears Catalog listing:

Handsome, dual-pickup cutaway arched model. Beautiful in tone and looks. Gleaming hand-polished finish. Hardwood top with maple back and sides. The slim neck is reinforced with a steel rod. You'll find fingering is easy and more comfortable. The thin body is easier to hold while playing. Two volume and two tone controls--one of each for both pickups. Three-way switch for extra versatility. 42x17 inches.
57 F 01425L--Shpg. wt. 12 lbs. Cash $99.95
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Silvertone model #1425 Item #: kay2012 $1149

Silvertone Kay 1425 2pu electric guitar

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