Silvertone Model 1457 Amp-In-Case Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Danelectro (1965)

 Silvertone Model 1457 Amp-In-Case Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar,  made by Danelectro  (1965)
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Silvertone Model 1457 Amp-In-Case Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Danelectro (1965), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 4095, red/black sunburst with sparkles finish, Masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, masonite case, original gray amp case case.

This is THE classic Danelectro-made Silvertone 1960s guitar, sold exclusively through Sears, Roebuck & Co. and the original equipment for thousands of teen combos and garage bands in the mid-1960s. While the similar single pickup model has a short scale neck and more basic feel, the 1457 was (by Danelectro standards at least) a pro-grade guitar with a full scale neck and very versatile sonics.

The double cutaway asymmetrical body has sharp curling "horns," a white Masonite pickguard 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 two great-sounding Dan-O lipstick pickups are controlled by a 3-way switch and concentric tone/volume pots, allowing the widest range of tones. As with most Nathan Daniel designs they are wired in series so the strongest sound is both combined.

The amp/case combination is actually surprisingly good-sounding, louder than one might reasonably expect although not entirely practical for many situations! There are two inputs (for you and a buddy to jam) and the tremolo is actually quite effective. The neck heel of the guitar and the Jensen speaker both show late 1965 date stamps, so this set was probably being assembled just in time for Christmas that year when an electric guitar was still every kid's dream! This is a nice example of these great-sounding and playing little guitars, not too much worn in and a lovely piece of fretted nostalgia, 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 nice original set with some general wear and tear but both pieces remain fully functional and generally well-preserved. The guitar is an excellent player, completely original and unmodified showing some light wear. The be-sparkled finish shows just a few minor dings, rubs and paint chips to the body edges and neck, with some small dinks off the headstock edges but really not much wear. All hardware is original, the neck is good, the frets not much worn and it sounds great. Even the little plastic cable holder attached to the pickguard is still intact.

The amp case shows some external wear to the covering (mostly at the corners) from 50+ years of handling, including a couple of deeper dinks into the Masonite lid. The amp has been fully checked out; it works as expected and sounds great and more powerful than one might expect. The trem footswitch has gone missing, but the trem works fine. All the original Silvertone-branded tubes are still intact. Overall this one of the cleaner sets we have had and a good playing example of this classic garage band combo, straight out of 1965 into the 21st century. Overall Excellent Condition.