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1967 Silvertone 1454-1 Vintage Hollowbody Electric Guitar, Harmony USA H78 w/ Bigsby, DeArmond Gold Foils


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Up for sale, a 1967 Silvertone model 1454-1 in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, original right down to the plastic strap buttons and two-tone chipboard case. Produced for Sears under their in-house "Silvertone" banner by Harmony in the USA, this model is analogous to the Harmony-branded H78 model, the top tier hollowbody instrument in the Harmony catalog. Exceedingly rarer than the single cutaway 1454, the double cutaway Silvertone 1454-1 truly matches the H78 feature for feature.

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 6lbs 6oz, we've had this Silvertone professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with 10-46 strings.

The neck has a deep, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder, fretting very easily and measuring .910" deep at the 1st fret and 975" 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 nylon nut measures 1 3/4" in width. On the headstock, the original Silvertone silkscreened logo is extremely clean and the stock open back Waverly tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well with gleaming plating. There is also light finish checking along the seams of the maple headstock wings.

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 June 20th, 1967 on the baseplates, and the silver diamond covers are positively gleaming save for a localized spot of pick wear through the thin foil central to the middle pickup. The original trio of Brazilian rosewood pickup risers are intact too. The hardware includes the original carved Brazilian rosewood bridge with nylon 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 and perfectly clear, and the guitar features the original rich and glossy 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 100% original, with a glossy sheen that highlights light ripples of curly flame figuring on top. Cosmetic wear on the body is limited to some very faint finish scratches on the lower bout on the back and just a few additional ancillary marks on the body as a whole. Wear on the neck profile is equally restrained, with just a couple small finish chips through the gloss on the treble side shoulder of the neck carve behind frets 13-15.

The two-tone gray/blonde chipboard case is included and equally as impressively well-kept as the guitar, retaining the original functional latches and stock handle.