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


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Up for sale, a 1967 Silvertone model 1454-1 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the 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 maple neck has a deep, chunky C profile carve with generous shoulder, fretting very easily and measuring .920" deep at the 1st fret and 990" 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 well-rounded crowns, showing sparingly little wear, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 24 1/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. 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 on the chrome buttons.

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, and while the stamps are faded on the neck and middle pickups, the bridge pickup retains a legible Nov 17th, 1967 on the baseplate. 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. Visible through the F hole, the 1454-1 model stamp and 1967 date stamp are intact.

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 which extends across the body. Cosmetic wear on the body is limited to some very minor chipping on the headstock edges, a couple small nicks on the bass side of the top, and light pick scuffing across the strum path. There are a few light finish scratches on the back, and a small spot of faint buckle rash at the bass-side waist. The gloss finish on the neck profile is nigh flawless and free of palm wear.

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.