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 # 2035, black lacquer finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, original grey hard shell 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 a neck date code from the 20th week of 1965 and pots dating to the 40st week of 1964, 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 only light wear and remains all 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 a great-sounding, handy bass and remains 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 nicely original and well-preserved bass, with only some light finish wear and no notable damage or repairs. There is an extra hole by the strap button under the neck heel; possibly someone wanted to move it, then gave up. Other than that the finish has only small dings and dents. The neck is nice and straight, and the frets have minimal wear. Overall the nicest of these we have had in a while, complete with the original (heavy!) Masonite HSC. Excellent - Condition.