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1960 Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter 1423 Vintage Guitar by Harmony USA w/ DeArmond Gold Foils


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Up for sale, a 1960 Silvertone Stratotone Jupiter in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Manufactured by Harmony in the USA and virtually identical to their "H49 Stratotone," this Silvertone model 1423 has a Black Sparkle finish that was exclusive to the Silvertone-branded version of this guitar, available via Sears. This model was only offered from Winter 1959-63, and was one of Silvertone's more expensive offerings.

The pickups have strong output and the clear, percussive quality that you only get from a DeArmond Gold Foil (this particular iteration of the gold foil design has silver diamond covers). The tone is full and dynamically responsive, with a distinctive woody bite when picked with authority, and a glassy clarity in every pickup position. The body is fully hollow, which adds a certain richness and soft attack to the notes that you simply can't get with a solidbody instrument. The guitar weighs a mere 4lbs 14oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and 10-46 roundwound strings, this Silvertone is ready for stage and studio use.

The neck has a chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder and ideal substance, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 10th. The dyed maple fretboard features multi-ply binding and pearloid block inlay, and the original slender frets have well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-2. The guitar plays easily up the 24 1/4" scale, and the bone nut is a full 1 3/4" wide. The headstock has a faint ghosting of the original script Silvertone logo on the face, fitted with modern Grover open-gear Sta-Tite tuning machines that have a similar appearance to the original gears and a very smooth and reliable response.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should including the ingenious "Blender" knob. This knob acts as a balance control between the two pickups when both are selected, giving the player a smooth gradient between the Bridge and Neck positions. This is easily one of the coolest features of the Stratotone Jupiter and one found only on this model. The pickguard retains its complete set of mini black DeArmond bell knobs, and most of the black silkscreen text is intact on the guard. Under the pickguard, the harness features untouched solder joints, with mini CTS pots that date to the 15th week of 1960. Both pickups have Rowe Industries foil stickers on the baseplates too. Hardware includes the original dyed maple floating bridge and nickel trapeze tailpiece. There's light patina on the tailpiece, and the chrome pickup covers and bezels are positively gleaming.

The nitro lacquer Black Sparkle finish has densely packed sparkles, with some requisite pick scuffing across the strum path. Very common with Stratotones, there is a repair at the input jack, with a couple repaired cracks and an added cream input jack. The neck profile also retains its Black Sparkle finish which exhibits some scattered dings on the neck profile, and nothing particularly deep or distracting to the palm while fretting. This Silvertone is a very original, professionally setup example of one of the best guitar models to feature DeArmond's famed gold foil pickups.

A padded gigbag is included.