This is a 1965 Silvertone 1454L (date stamp inside: F-64) thinline, semihollow body, single-cutaway, redburst, electric guitar made by Harmony of Chicago. The pickups are DeArmonds (Rowe) and have a date stamp of January 8, 1965. You can hear this guitar played on Bob Dylan's new album "Modern Times"; check out the inner sleeve of the cd cover for a photo of it in the guitarist hands.
The guitar is completely original. It has a Bigsby vibrato. The body is maple. The details on this guitar are beautiful; check out the rosewood (Brazilian, presumably) supports for the pickups or the tortoise shell pick guard and plate for the pickup switches! The neck is straight but it has some playing wear on the back. It has mother of pearl inlays in the fretboard. All the electronics work properly and it was just set up so the action is fast. It's got the usual wear for a guitar this age; there's some very minor crazing (finish cracks) and a few nicks here and there but overall it's extremely clean. There's some minor wear on the chrome on the pickups but you'll have to look closely to notice it. It has a great tonal range between the three pickups and all the possible combinations. Each pickup has it's own on/off switch so there a nice range of sounds: rock, country, punk, jazz, etc. It comes with a chipboard case but will be packed extremely well.
Here's the original description from the 1965 Sears catalog:
Professional quality hollow-body
Resonant arched tops and tone-chamber bodies
build and brighten the sound of every note..Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Bigsby tailpiece adds perfectly true vibrato
Our finest dual and triple-pickup guitars! Both have laminated-maple tops and backs. Their extra-slim necks speed your fingering. Ovalled fingerboards and low-set strings make even hard chords easy. Each pickup has its own tone and volume controls. Adjustable bridge. Adjustable steel reinforcing rod in neck. Chrome-plated tuning keys. Inlaid position markers. About 41x16x2 inches. Advanced techniques book.
$189.95Description from VintageSilvertones.com
with triple pickup
Hand-rubbed, cherry red finish. With rayon plush-lined case. Tortoise-shell-type guard plate. 3 selector switches give 7 different pickup combinations.
57 H 1454L--Shpg. wt. 15 lbs. $9min.
Item #: h3022