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Silvertone Model 1423 Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1962)
Silvertone Model 1423 Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1962), made in Chicago, black lacquer with sparkles finish, Laminated maple body, maple neck with a rosewood fretboard, black hard shell case.
The Silvertone Model 1423 was the Sears, Roebuck & Co. version of the 1960s Harmony Stratotone Jupiter. Built along the same lines as its Harmony cousin with a thin flat-topped hollow body, the 1423 is generally a bit less fancy, but does have a cool-looking black-painted body and neck decorated with gold sparkles that is a Sears exclusive -- Sears thought the kids liked sparkles!
The two great-sounding DeArmond "Indox" pickups are coupled with a flexible tone circuit including a unique "blend" control that makes for a versatile and great-sounding guitar. One of the nicer Sears/Harmony offerings; a cool, light, super handy, and fairly unique guitar.
Overall length is 38 in. (96.5 cm.), 13 1/8 in. (33.3 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 15/16 in. (4.9 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).
A super nice example overall with only some tiny signs of play wear; one of the best of these we have had. None of the oft rubbed-away control labeling on the pickguard is worn at all; there are a few tiny finish chips and rubs on the headstock edges, but overall a much above average example. The only thing replaced is the nut, and the neck pickup was just perfectly rewound by the rightly esteemed Tom Brantley and sounds exactly as it should. The frets are excellent; there is one repaired grain split to the fingerboard in the first position; very little other signs of use. Includes a 1970s-era hard case that fits fairly well. Excellent Condition.
Item # 8055
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