This is an early 1960's Silvertone made by Harmony of Chicago. The Jupiter 1423 is the top of Harmony's Stratotone line. The body, shaped in a style similar to a Les Paul, is constructed with a spruce front and back and maple sides. It has DeArmond pickups, beautiful mother-of-pearl block inlays on the neck, a black finish speckled with rich gold color, a white pickguard on which the controls are mounted, two plastic strap pins, one black and the other white, and the "Blender" control which regulates the bass and treble pickups. The guitar also features an adjustable rosewood bridge, white binding with a stripe inlay on the front and a fixed trapeze style tailpiece. The fast action feels good on the fingers and the sweet tone tells the story of its over 53 years of rocking and rolling. This guitar is in very good condition for its age. This is the closest to new old stock condition in which you will find this model. It looks as if it was hardly ever played or taken out to a gig. It plays beautifully and sounds excellent. Get this classic while you can.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is very clean and in very good condition. 100% original, the paint and finish are nearly perfect. There is one very small spot of wear on the back. There is a tiny, barely noticeable crack on the bottom of the tailpiece. We have left this tailpiece on the instrument to maintain the integrity of the original instrument but we will include an additional tailpiece that is a period correct replica when puchased.
TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The all original, opened back, individual, chrome plated tuners with plastic buttons are smooth and in great working order.
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NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
It has a straight, fully bound, bolt-on neck with rectangular mother of pearl inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 20 frets, and 24" scale. There is no wear to the neck or frets. The action is fast. The frets and fretboard feels fantastic under your fingers. The headstock, featuring a raised, metallic Silvertone logo, has some slight, very minor paint wear on the top edges. The neck is kept straight with an adjustable truss rod.
PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
There are two DeArmond single coil pickups that give a great surf or heavy rock sound but could work for a varity of styles. The neck (bass) pickup is very strong, rich, clean and bright. The bridge (treble) pickup is bright, potent and twangy with a smooth bite. Overall, the pickups work well and sound excellent. This guitar is capable of producing a wide variety of tones suitable for many styles including, rock, jazz, funk, soul, country and blues. It has individual volume and tone controls for each pickup along with the Blender control and three position pickup selector switch. All electronics work properly.
DIMENSIONS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Overall length: 38.5"
Body width: 13.25"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 2" (2.25" with neck)
Width of the nut: 1.75"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Depth of the neck at nut: .75" approximately
String height at 12th fret: 1/16"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Here's the original description from the 1961 Sears catalog:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Dual Pickup Guitar
emphasizes treble, bassDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
Black finish speckled with rich gold color. Blender switch for special tone effects...tone, volume controls for each pickup. Adjustable bridge. Spruce top and back, maple sides. 38 x 13 x 2 inches. Model 1423L with original chipboard case K736L
Harmony Jupiter model #1423L
Item #: h3067