Up for sale, a 1964 Sears Silvertone Model 1457 "Amp-in-Case" student model electric guitar and original tube amplifier built into the case. Manufactured in the USA by Danelectro for the Sears exclusive "Silvertone" line of instruments, this guitar sports the classic hollow Masonite and poplar body with a pair of "lipstick" single coil pickups. Available only from late 1964-1966, the 1457 is a fairly uncommon model and in tone and feel, this instrument is arguably a substantial upgrade over the 1448 model. The most notable improvements are a longer, more traditional 24.75" scale length, and an additional pickup for significantly more tonal breadth!
This guitar has a particularly cool hollow twang, with chiming top end and focused bass response. The Danelectro made Silvertone guitars have been seen in the hands of artists such as Beck and the Rolling Stones, and in addition to being fun to play, they're a great secret weapon for studio use! This is a clean and well maintained 1457 guitar and amplifier set, and the top and back of the instrument feature a red sunburst with metalflake sparkles in the finish. This set is complete, right down to the original 1/4" cable and tremolo footswitch. Outfitted with an NOS tube set, the amp fires up just as well as the day it left the factory, with a low noise floor and great class A tube tone.
The guitar has been professionally setup with low action and the lipstick pickups have all the jangle, sparkle, and twang you'd expect from this little vintage wonder. The neck has a comfortable medium C profile with well rounded shoulders and a red sunburst finish on the profile that's in remarkable shape. The original jumbo frets are in great shape, retaining their full original height and showing only very faint wear beneath the G and B strings down near the nut, with virtually no wear up the neck. The stock Skate Key tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well, and while there are a few tiny holes under the strip tuners from another tuner set being installed at one time, the originals are now back on the guitar. The face of the headstock retains the "Silvertone" script silkscreen and the edges of the headstock show only faint cosmetic wear. There is a very clean and tight repaired crack on the back of the headstock, which has been professionally addressed and does not pose a structural issue.
On the body, the original lipstick pickups and chrome bridge with rosewood saddle is intact. The electronics and pickguard are modern replacements, and the original stack knob design has been simplified to master Volume and Tone controls, with vintage Silvertone knobs. The redburst finish is remarkably clean, original, and well cared for, with a vibrant fade from cherry to deep maroon on the edges of the body. There's plenty of silver sparkles left on the finish too, and this is significant since the sparkles are on top of the finish and first to go. There are a few light scuffs and one repaired tear in the white vinyl on the sides of the body, and there are two small holes just forward of the bridge where the guitar was conceivably fitted with a different bridge at one point, although with the original bridge reinstalled, these holes almost disappear into the finish.
The amplifier case is in good overall shape, with original wicker grillcloth, stock speaker and clean faceplate. The dark gray sparkle case retains the original hinges and handle, and is structurally sound! The amp is stocked with a host of NOS tubes and powered by a 6V6. The tremolo on the amp has a strong pulse to it, and the speaker is the original ceramic Jensen, which sounds particularly good and has a late '63 date code!
Don't miss out on this Silvertone 1457 guitar and amplifier set, crafted by Danelectro and in excellent working condition!