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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 exceptional, 100% original 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 15oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with easy-playing action and 11-49 roundwound strings.

The neck has a round, substantial “baseball bat” C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder, measuring .945" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 9th. The dyed maple fretboard features multi-ply binding and pearloid block inlay, and the original slender frets have their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns beneath the plain strings on frets 1-3. The guitar plays easily up the 24 1/4" scale, and the bone nut is a full 1 3/4" wide. The headstock retains the full raised metal Silvertone logo, with individual Waverly open-gear tuners that turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

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 wiring harness features untouched solder joints, with mini CTS pots that date to the 3rd week of 1960. Both pickups have Rowe Industries foil stickers on the baseplates, and the 1960 date stamp is visible on the body beneath the guard. Hardware includes the original rosewood floating bridge and nickel trapeze tailpiece with notably clean plating, matching the similarly pristine presentation of the pickup covers. The majority of the original silkscreened text is still intact on the pickguard, and the full complement of mini black DeArmond bell knobs is present.

The nitro lacquer Black Sparkle finish has densely packed sparkles, and cosmetic wear is limited to some light finish scuffs and a couple tiny chips through the gloss mostly relegated to the back. There is light wear on the top headstock edge and some light scuffs on the neck profile, mostly clustered behind frets 7-9 and imperceptible to the palm while fretting.

A padded gigbag is included.