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, 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, the bass listed at $79.95 complete with a Masonite hard-shell case. This one carries pots dating to 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 wear and repair but remains all original with standard Danelectro features: "lipstick" pickup, pebble grained vinyl sides, and wood-saddle adjustable bridge. A 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 is a fairly well worn example of this '60s teen band classic, but all original and remaining an excellent player. The finish has quite a few dings, dents and scratches overall and there are a couple of deep gouges in the back of the neck behind the 7th fret. The neck has several short lateral cracks on the back between the 1st and 3rd frets; these are solidly sealed up and not a structural issue but have not been finished over so are still visible.

There is some noticeable corrosion to the metal parts on the back, while those on the front remain comparatively clean. The neck is quite straight and the frets have recently been crowned making this an excellent player notwithstanding some battle scars. Not the cleanest of these we have had but a nice player's example nonetheless. Very Good Condition.