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


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Up for sale, a 1960's Silvertone "Chris Isaak" Model 1446 in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original two-tone chipboard case. Manufactured by Harmony in the USA and featuring a stock pair of Seth Lover-designed (and Gibson manufactured) split coil mini humbuckers, this is an incredibly cool guitar with quality electronics and hardware. The fullness and midrange focus of these pickups is fantastic, with more open, shimmering top end than a standard humbucker and bass response that is nice and tight, further improved by the fully hollow body. 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, right down to the patent stickers on the baseplates. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 15oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings and comfortable action, this Harmony-made Silvertone 1446 is dialed in to play its best.

The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder and roundness like your favorite '50s Gibson, measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and .935" at the 10th, before the profile carve flattens into the heel. The dyed maple fretboard features multi-ply binding, pearloid block inlays and original slender frets which are practically perfect with well-rounded crowns. The guitar has easy-playing action up the 24 1/2" scale, with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The original carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock face, the Silvertone silkscreen script logo is in great shape, and the original set of  open-gear Waverly tuning machines function as intended with clean nickel plating.

On the body, all of the electronics work as they should, and both mini humbuckers retain clean 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 pickguard, cupcake knobs with flawless gold text, and diamond switch surround are intact, along with the original Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert. The original B3 Bigsby also works surprisingly well, responding quickly to a light touch with the original spring intact. An extremely tidy example, the gloss Black nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, exhibiting light vertical lacquer checking and just a few tiny finish scuffs and minor nicks on the instrument as a whole.

The original two-tone gray/blonde chipboard case is included and equally as clean as the guitar. The case has a red plush interior, functional latches, and the original handle.