Silvertone Model 1446L Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1960s)

Silvertone Model 1446L Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony  (1960s)
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Silvertone Model 1446L Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1960s), made in Chicago, black lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black chipboard case.

One of the very best guitars ever sold through Sears-Roebuck & Co., the Silvertone 1446 is both a sharp-looking and great-sounding guitar. This unique model combines a sleek ebony finished Harmony thinline hollow body and deluxe pattern neck with a Bigsby tailpiece and unique mini-humbucking pickups supplied by CMI/Gibson. These are the same units used on the contemporary Epiphone line, the only difference being a 3-and-3 staggered polepiece pattern as opposed to the straight line, probably to differentiate them visually rather than for any strictly musical reason. The odd-looking white plastic trapezoidal mounting bezels are also unique to this model.

This combination of features makes for a very professional instrument for a Silvertone, and a guitar that has a justifiable reputation as arguably the finest Harmony-made electric guitar of the 1960s. This one has no legible date codes (Harmony sprayed the black lacquer over their own factory stamps!), but this model was only in production from 1961-67. The 1446 is often unofficially named for Chris Isaak, who was seen with one quite a bit -- back before Harmony and Silvertone were considered "cool"! This is one of the coolest, a classic in affordable American '60s guitars.
Overall length is 40 3/4 in. (103.5 cm.), 15 3/4 in. (40 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 in. (610 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This is a super-playing and sounding example of this snazzy Silvertone classic, with some general wear but all original with no repairs or alterations. There is fairly light finish wear overall with some small touched up spots here and there, and a few deeper scratches. A bit of finish is worn off the treble side of the neck.

All hardware is original; even the fragile plastic pickup rings and pickguard have no damage. The pickup covers do show some corrosion and there is a chip off the bottom of the bass side of the bridge saddle. There are some fairly deep divots on the fingerboard in the lower positions, but the frets have been neatly re-crowned and playability remains excellent. One of the better examples we have had; a really fun guitar to play and hear. Overall Excellent - Condition.