Silvertone Model 1448 "Amp-In-Case" Set Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, made by Danelectro (1965)

Silvertone Model 1448

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Silvertone Model 1448 "Amp-In-Case" Set Model Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar, made by Danelectro (1965), made in Neptune, NJ, black lacquer with sparkles finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black hard shell case.

The Model 1448 was the less expensive of two models of the classic Danelectro-made Silvertone 1960s guitar, sold through Sears and the original equipment for thousands of budding players and teen combos in the mid-1960s. The semi-hollow, black sparkle-finished, double cutaway, asymmetrical body has sharp curling "horns," vinyl edge trim, and a white Masonite pickguard. Someone at Sears must have thought "kids like sparkles", as it's a repeated finish motif on Silvertone instruments.

The fittings include one great-sounding Dan-O lipstick pickup with tone/volume controls and the traditional Dan-O chrome plate bridge with rosewood saddle. The short-scale neck ends in a Silvertone logo "paddle" headstock with skate key-style tuners. The amp-case is surprisingly functional and makes up in snarl what it lacks in volume. This is an amazingly well-preserved example of these great-sounding little classics; one of the few remaining real bargains in an American-made vintage guitar going.
Overall length is 35 in. (88.9 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 23 1/2 in. (597 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This is the cleanest example of this classic set we have ever seen, looking like it just came out of the box from Sears a few weeks ago, instead of 50+ years on. There are a few tiny dings and several edge rubs on the guitar where the textured vinyl siding has picked up dirt from contact with the fabric inside the amp/case. That unit is extremely clean as well, with some rubs to the covering on the corners, three of the little rubber feet missing, and not much else negative.

The amp works perfectly, sounds great, and seems louder than some! The only non-functional element in the set is the tone control on the guitar; it has no effect. This is likely due to a dead capacitor, but as this entire set is absolutely original and untouched, we have elected to leave this part and solder joints unaltered; it can easily be replaced if desired.

What limited wear this set displays appears to be from decades of storage and moving; the guitar appears hardly played. The entire package looks to have somehow gotten lost in time, and includes the original molded cable, pick, pitch pipe, some Goya strings in packages, the Sears service booklet, a Sears-issued rudimentary playing instruction sheet, and rarest of all -- the Sears "Rhythm Guitar" beginner's 45 RPM tutorial record in picture sleeve, which we have never had before. All this appears hardly touched as well. Simply the nicest of these we've ever seen -- a true time capsule! Excellent + Condition.