Silvertone Model 1446L Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1962)

Silvertone Model 1446L Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony  (1962)
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Silvertone Model 1446L Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar, made by Harmony (1962), made in Chicago, black lacquer finish, laminated maple body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original two-tone 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 Kalamazoo-made 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 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 a factory date code from 1962; the model was 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 vintage 1960s American 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 clean and fine-playing and sounding example of this snazzy Silvertone classic, with only very minor wear and all original with no alterations. There is fairly light finish wear overall with just some small dings, scrapes, and scuffs, including a few touched up spots here and there. Overall the ebony lacquer still gleams like new. There is an old tight crack in the center of the low end of the fingerboard that has been sealed but not filled so is still visible on close inspection.

All hardware is original; even the fragile white plastic pickup rings and pickguard have no damage. The nickel-plated pickup covers do have some very slight wear. The frets show some very light wear in the lower positions, but nothing that affects play. This is about the best example of this model we have had; a really fun guitar to play, complete as it came from Sears in 1962 in its original 2-tone heavy chipboard case. Excellent Condition.