The Silvertone 1488 was the top of the line solid body electric guitar in the Sears catalog in the 1960s. Made by Harmony in Chicago, the 1488 featured three DeArmond made gold foil pickups, individual rocker switches for each pickup and a unique volume-tone-tone-tone control layout. The Bobkat shaped body is actually slightly larger than the Harmony version.

This 1965 Silvertone 1488 is in excellent condition using all its original parts. The DeArmond pickups are high output and the unique rocker switching system allows for unique tonal combinations. The guitar is in excellent shape but does show light signs of wear including some nics, chips and dents. Some of the chrome has light pitting as shown in the pictures. The pickguard has shrunk and required new screw holes for a few of the edge screws. It's likely done shrinking and is securely attached to the guitar. The original case is in good shape but a bit flimsy and has some bent edges.

The Silvertone 1488 with its cherry red finish is, in my opinion, one of the more aesthetically pleasing electric guitars out there. The electronics layout was really ahead of its time (see here: When properly set up (like this one), these guitars play quite nicely and have a unique tone that's not available from a reissue. Call the number at the top of the screen or use the contact form on the right to speak with me directly about this 1965 Silvertone 1488.
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