Silvertone Model 1457 Amp-In-Case Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Danelectro , c. 1964

Silvertone Model 1457 Amp-In-Case Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar,  made by Danelectro ,  c. 1964

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Silvertone Model 1457 Amp-In-Case Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Danelectro, c. 1964, made in Neptune, NJ, red/black sunburst with sparkles finish, Masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, masonite case.

This is the classic Danelectro-made Silvertone 1960's guitar, sold exclusively through Sears and the original equipment for thousands of teen combos and garage bands in the mid-1960's. The double cutaway asymmetrical body has sharp curling "horns", a white Masonite pickguard, two great-sounding Dan-O lipstick pickups controlled by concentric control tone/volume pots, and the traditional Dan-O chrome plate bridge with rosewood saddle. The neck is topped with a Silvertone logo "paddle" headstock with skate key-style tuners. The amp/case combination is actually surprisingly good-sounding, although not entirely practical for many situations! The speaker shows a late 1963 date stamp so this one was probable being assembled just as Beatlemania hit the US, making the electric guitar every kid's dream! This is a truly superb example of these great sounding and playing little guitars, a complete set as it came new in 1964 that remains not only a fantastic piece of fretted nostalgia but one of the best bargains in an American made vintage guitar still going.
 
Overall length is 37 1/2 in. (95.2 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 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.). This is a superb original set with both pieces very well preserved. The guitar is an excellent player, completely unmodified and very clean with hardly any signs of ever being played-just some tiny paint chips and the body edges and neck. Even the little plastic cord holder near the jack is still intact. The amp case is also very clean and the amp itself is untouched original and still works well. The inside of the case looks nearly perfect; outside it shows some minor wear to the covering (mostly at the corners) from 50+ years of handling but is quite nice overall. This package even includes the original trem pedal and molded plastic cable. Overall this is the nicest example of this classic garage band combo we have had, straight out of 1964. Excellent + Condition.