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1963 Silvertone 1454 Vintage Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Harmony USA w/ Bigsby, DeArmond Gold Foils


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Up for sale, a 1963 Silvertone model 1454 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with an upgraded hardshell case. Produced for Sears under their in-house "Silvertone" banner by Harmony in the USA, this model is analogous to the H75-78 series of instruments which were the flagship guitars in the Harmony catalog.

This guitar features all maple, full hollowbody construction with a smooth, natural acoustic tone and articulate note attack. Each pickup has its own on/off two-way toggle and dedicated Volume and Tone knobs for a particularly broad tonal palette. The pickups have strong output and the clear, percussive quality unique to the DeArmond gold foil design (this particular iteration of the gold foil has silver diamond covers). These pickups can deliver everything from spanky twang in the bridge position to warm, bell-like tones at the neck. Full and dynamically responsive, the pickups offer a distinctive woody bite when picked with authority, and a glassy clarity in every pickup position. Featherweight at 7lbs, we've had this Silvertone professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 11-50 flatwound strings.

The neck has a deep, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder, fretting very easily and measuring .930" deep at the 1st fret and .955" at the 9th. Setting the 1454 apart from lower tiered Silvertone and Harmony models, the guitar features a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid small block inlay. The original slender frets are intact with perfectly rounded crowns and virtually no wear. The guitar plays cleanly in every register with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is 24 1/4", and the original carved bone nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the original Silvertone silkscreened logo is extremely clean and the guitar has been fitted with a modern set of Kluson-style tuning machines. There is old black gloss overspray across the back of the headstock and partially down the neck profile. The original nitro gloss has been retained on the nigh flawless headstock face and sides, and there isn’t any visible evidence of a repair.

On the body, all of the electronics function as intended, with dedicated Volume and Tone controls for each pickup paired with individual on/off pickup selector switches. The DeArmond pickups are individually dated May 2nd, 1963 on the baseplates, and the silver diamond covers are positively gleaming. The original trio of Brazilian rosewood pickup risers are intact too. The hardware includes the original carved Brazilian rosewood bridge with bone saddle insert which works in concert with the Bigsby B3 vibrato tailpiece for quick warbles and dives. The sextet of mini DeArmond bell knobs are intact with only light ambering, and the guitar features the original red nitrate tortoise pickguard and switch plate, crafted from the same material as Fender's early tortoise pickguards.

The original two-tone Red Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is vibrant and clean, with a glossy sheen that highlights unusual prominent birdseye maple figuring that extends liberally across the back. Cosmetic wear is limited to light lacquer checking across the top and back, and just a few minor marks on the body as a whole.

A Gator premium hardshell case with a white exterior, brown leather trim, and blue plush interior is included.