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1960 Silvertone 1446 Chris Isaak Vintage Guitar by Harmony USA w/ Gibson Pickups, Bigsby & Case


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Up for sale, a 1960 Silvertone "Chris Isaak" Model 1446 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. As a Harmony/Silvertone model that's become increasingly highly regarded for stage and studio use in the past decade, this particular example has been outfitted for just this purpose, balancing originality and ideal functionality. This includes a full refret with flawless slender fretwire, an ABR-1 bridge for increased stability and ideal intonation, and open-gear Grover butterbean tuners that closely match the footprint of the original gears.

Manufactured by Harmony in the USA and featuring a stock pair of Seth Lover-designed (and Gibson manufactured) mini humbuckers, this is an incredibly cool guitar with quality electronics and hardware. The fullness and detailed midrange character of these pickups is fantastic, with more open, shimmering top end than a standard humbucker and bass response that is nice and tight. As the architect of the PAF (and later Fender's Wide Range humbucker) Seth Lover is a luminary of guitar pickup design, and the pickups in this Silvertone are true golden-age Gibson humbuckers. The guitar is lightweight at 7lbs 4oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, comfortable action, and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a substantial "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder and roundness like your favorite '50s Gibson, measuring .940" deep at the 1st fret and .950" at the 9th. The dyed maple fretboard features multi-ply binding and pearloid block inlays, refretted with flawless fretwire that matches the width of the original frets with a hair more crown. The guitar has easy-playing action up the 24 1/2" scale, with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The modern carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock face, the Silvertone silkscreen script logo is present and extremely clean, and the open-gear Grover tuning machines function smoothly and reliably with clean nickel plating.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and both mini humbuckers have just the shadow of their Gibson patent number stickers on the baseplates, with untouched solder on the pickup covers. These pickups are essentially a mini Gibson PAF, produced while their pickups were still hand-wound. The original plastics are extremely clean and comprise the virtually unaged pickguard, quartet of cream cupcake knobs, and diamond switch surround. The original floating rosewood bridge base has been fitted with a modern Gibson ABR-1 bridge for improved intonation and treble detail, working in concert with the original B3 Bigsby which responds quickly to a light touch with the original spring intact. The Fall, 1960 date stamp is still faintly visible through the bass-side F hole.

The original Black nitro lacquer finish shows light vertical lacquer checking, with buckle rash at the bass-side waist on the back, and various finish scratches and minor marks, mostly relegated to the back. The neck profile retains its smooth nitro gloss, free of palm wear.

A modern black tolex hardshell case (branded Washburn on the lid) is included.