Silvertone Model 1443 Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar, made by Danelectro (1967)

Silvertone Model 1443 Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar, made by Danelectro  (1967)

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Silvertone Model 1443 Model Solid Body Electric Bass Guitar, made by Danelectro (1967), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 185 14439, sunburst lacquer finish, hardwood body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard.

This Silvertone model 1443 and its more upscale sister the Coral Deluxe were the Danelectro company's only long-scale bass designs; available only from 1967-8 both are quite rare today. With two great sounding Danno pickups and a full 33 1/2" scale the 1443 is certainly the company's most serious attempt at matching the feel and sound of a Fender bass-the classic familiar Danelectro basses have a short 29 1/2" scale. This was absolutely the most serious bass guitar Sears ever offered, and one of the coolest (and most unique) of all Danelectro creations.
 
Overall length is 48 1/2 in. (123.2 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 33 1/2 in. (851 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). All original, with some general wear (mostly chips and dings to the finish). Plays very well; the neck has a slight relief (pretty much universal on this model) but nothing severe and there is a sloppy mortise joint with a visible seam and small filled area on the back of the headstock-evidence of a rushed production schedule? Complete except the "S" on the raised plastic "Silvertone" logo is missing. Very solid, excellent sound and a nice example of one of Danelectro's more atypical creations. Excellent - Condition.