Silvertone Model #1444 Electric Bass Guitar, made by Danelectro (1965)

Silvertone Model #1444 Electric Bass Guitar, made by Danelectro  (1965)

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Silvertone Model #1444 Model Electric Bass Guitar, made by Danelectro (1965), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 3085, black lacquer finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, black gig bag case.

The 1960s Silvertone Model 1444 Bass, nicknamed "Dolphin Nose" for its trademark drooping minimalist headstock, was one of the most popular budget 4-strings of its era. Made by Danelectro for Sears beginning in 1959, this bass listed at $79.95 complete with the Masonite hard-shell case. This one carries pots dating to late 1964 and a manufacturing code from the middle of 1965, showing it was assembled right at the height of the 1960s guitar boom.

With a long 22" fret, 29 1/2" scale neck, and single "lipstick" pickup, the Model 1444 is an extremely useful and good-sounding bass. Designed to be light, handy, and easy to play, the 1444 was aimed by Sears at novice players and teenagers and arguably was important in helping to popularize the electric bass by making it affordable to just about anyone.

This example has some wear but is original and unaltered, with standard Danelectro hardware including the "skate key" tuning machines, "lipstick" pickup, and wood-saddle adjustable bridge. The classic garage band bass, this was the first 4-string for thousands of players in the 1960s and is still an excellent value over 50 years later!
Overall length is 43 1/2 in. (110.5 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 1/2 in. (749 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This bass is nicely original and a good player. There are some chips to the finish, mostly on the headstock edges, which is much more worn than the rest of the bass with a fairly big filled-in chip on the lower edge. The remainder of lacquer and the vinyl side covering are pretty clean. The hardware is all original and also still relatively clean; the only damage is that the very tip of the "S" is missing from the plastic Silvertone logo and it has been glued in the middle. This bass isn't perfect (we actually had a perfect one recently!), but is overall a fine example of this garage band classic. Excellent - Condition.