Up for sale, a 1968 Silvertone model 1454-1 in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with its chipboard case. One of the very last production examples of this model and a pristine, one-owner instrument, this guitar is unique for its Hagstrom-made bridge with metal saddles. Made 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 10oz, we've had this Silvertone professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 11-48 strings.
The neck has a deep, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder, fretting very easily and measuring .890" deep at the 1st fret and 980" at the 9th. Setting the 1454 apart from lower tiered Silvertone and Harmony models, the guitar features a bound dark Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with pearloid small block inlay. The original slender frets are intact with perfectly rounded crowns and their full factory height, showing just a touch of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. 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 silkscreen logo is perfect, and the stock open back Waverly tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well with immaculate plating.
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 February 29th, 1968 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 base with Hagstrom bridge 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 tortoise pickguards. The pickguard does have a slight downward curl and some requisite pick scuffing.
The original two-tone Red Sunburst nitro lacquer finish is vibrant and 100% original, with a glossy sheen that highlights faint ripples of curly flame figuring. Positively stunning in its presentation, cosmetic wear is limited to a few microscopic marks and faint finish scratches in the clear coat of the gloss on the body as a whole. The neck profile is flawless.
The chipboard case is included and equally as impressively well-kept as the guitar, retaining the original functional latches and stock handle.