This is a very cool and somewhat rare, Silvertone 1488 solid body, triple pickup, electric guitar with a cherry red finish. It's got a great range of sounds from the DeArmond pickups. It will go from a surf/country twang to heavy rock and even has a smooth mellow sound with all three pickups on that will cut it for jazz. It's model after the Jaguars. It was made circa 1966
Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Very clean, 8 out of 10, 100% original, finish has some paint wear on edge of body along with some minor dings along with general wear. Pick guard has a few small pieces missing at tips (see photo for details).
All original, in good working order. Headstock had some extra holds drilled into it; which are now filled.
Bolt-on, straight, fully bound (binding has yellowed slightly), mother of pearl inlays on rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, and 24" scale. Frets are in good condition with lots of life left in them.
Three DeArmonds that give a great surf or heavy rock sound but could work for a varity of styles
Neck pickup is very bright, rich, and loud with a bite
Middle pickup is bright but kind of twangy and loud
Neck pickup is very twangy and loud
Overall pickups work and sound excellent. All three together are very jazzy sounding
One volume control for all pickups and three individual tone controls
All electronic work properly
Pickup on/off rockers switches are slightly stiff but work fine
Vibrato in good working order. Includes original case which is in good condition (see photos) but does have some wear and a couple of tears.
1967 SEARS CATALOG DESCRIPTION:
Solid-body Electric Guitars .. super-thin style, choice of many professionals
Triple pickup .. seven pickup combinations. Super-slim neck with rosewood fingerboard, inlaid position markers. Vibrato tailpiece, 6-way adjustable bridge. Separate tone and volume controls each pickup. Solid cherry red finish. Pick, 10-foot cord and instructions included.
2 x 13 x 39 inches longDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
Order case (57 G 740L)
Shipping weight 9 pounds.
57G14881L-$5.50 mo. Cash $119.95
Item #: h-3035