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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 excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. 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 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 7lbs 1oz. 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 substantial "baseball bat" C-shaped profile carve with lots of shoulder and roundness like your favorite '50s Gibson, measuring .955" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 9th. The dyed maple fretboard features multi-ply binding, pearloid block inlays and original slender frets which show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-4, and light wear into the maple fretboard in this area as well. 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 present, 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. Plastics comprise the original pickguard, cupcake knobs, and diamond switch surround. The floating bridge is a modern rosewood replica with the correct carve and bone saddle insert, working in concert with the original B3 Bigsby which responds quickly to a light touch with the original spring intact. The original Black nitro lacquer finish shows lacquer checking across the body and various small dings and finish scratches associated with honest use. There is a rectangular spot of targeted finish touchup on the bass-side upper bout on top, likely from address-style letters placed here in the past.

A modern premium TKL black tolex hardshell case is included.