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 # 1215, 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 a Masonite hard-shell case. This one carries pots dating to late 1964 and a manufacturing code from early 1965, so 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 an important instrument helping to popularize the electric bass by making it affordable to just about anyone.

This example has some light wear and restoration but is mostly original with standard Danelectro features: "lipstick" pickup, pebble grained vinyl sides, 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.).

Overall this is a nice clean example of the 1444, with some finish checking but not much play wear. The black lacquer shows just small dents and dings, with some scratching on the back. The bass has been re-fitted with period original style small Kluson Deluxe tuners; it had much larger pegs mounted and so the headstock has had enlarged holes filled and been over finished. The Silvertone logo is an exact repro of the original. Other than that restoration, the bass is completely original and one of the best-playing examples of this popular 4-string that we have ever had, with a superb straight neck and near-perfect frets. Excellent - Condition.