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circa 1967 - HARMONY

Silvertone -Harmony-made - 1478 solid body electric guitar with whammy bar circa 1965 This is a very clean solid body Silvertone made by Harmony of Chicago circa 1967. The guitar is designed in the Fender Jaguar style with two hot DeArmond pickups, mother-of-pearl block inlays on the neck, a redburst finish, a tortoise shell pickguard on which all of the electronics and an adjustable rosewood bridge are mounted, two black plastic strap pins, and a whammy bar, Type 1 tailpeice. This instrument comes somewhat close to being in mint condition. This instrument is extremely clean with only about four minor scratches. All the electronics work properly and the neck is straight. With its fantastic fast action and terrific tone, this guitar plays like a dream. It is completely original and includes the original case. This guitar will be loved by both players and collectors. It will be very hard to find another one in this condition. Description from

This guitar is 100% original. It is in very good condition and very clean for its age. There are only three small scratches to the finish on the side of the lower treble bout and a tiny scratch on the side of the upper bass horn. There is also a tiny crack on the pickguard where the screw is located near the top bass horn. A small, inconspicuous, strip of red metal foil coming from the electronics under the pickguard and ending under the tailpiece was added to ground the pickups to prevent hum. Overall, it appears as if this guitar has been loved and preserved really well by its previous owners for much of its long life. This guitar plays beautifully and sounds great!
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The tuners, opened-back, six inline with plastic buttons are in very good working condition. They are smooth and hold the tuning well.
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The neck is in very good shape. It's a straight, bolt-on, bound, neck with rectangular mother-of-pearl inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, and a 24" scale. The headstock, featuring a vertical silkscreened Silvertone logo, is very clean with only a barely noticeable bit of wear on the top edges. The neck is kept straight with dual steel reinforcement rods. With its fast action, the neck feels fantastic under your fingers.

The two single coil, DeArmonds are very clean, strong and full sounding. The neck pickup has a clear, strong, clean, bell-like tone perfect for rock, blues, soul or funk. The bridge pickup has a tinge more twang, good for funk, folk, rock or country. Using a combination of pickups and tone knobs gives you a wide variety of musical tones from which to choose. There are four clear, plastic knobs. Each pickup has a tone and volume control. The toggle switch allows you to select the neck, bridge or both pickups. The pots and toggle are clean sounding and in fine working order.
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The Dimensions are:
    Overall length: 39"Description from
    Body width: 13"
    Body thickness: 1.5" with neck 2"Description from
    Scale: 24" approx.
    Width of the nut: 1.75" (depth 1")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
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Here's the original description from the 1966 Sears catalog:

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Solid-body Electric Guitars

Dual steel reinforcing-rods in neck keep fingerboard true and responsive...set strings low as you like to speed up those fast or difficult rock 'n roll chords.

Our easiest-to-play solid-body guitars, Slimmest possible neck makes every chord easier to reach. Strings only 1/16 in. above fingerboard. Vibrato tailpiece adds Hawaiian-guitar effects. Each pickup has tone and volume controls. Adjustable bridge, Rosewood fingerboard with celluloid binding; inlaid position markers. About 2 x 13 x 39 inches long. Body protected with hard maple veneer finish.Description from

Dual pickup...three pickup combinations. Hand-rubbed finish; red sunburst top. model 1478L

Silvertone Harmony #1478 Item #: h3068 SOLD

Silvertone -Harmony-made - 1478 solid body electric guitar with whammy bar circa 1965