Mid 1960s Silvertone 1446 Chris Isaak model
Silvertone 1446 Specs:
Maple top and back
Maple neck with mother of pearl block inlays
Seth Lover Mini P-90 humbuckers
Two volume and tone controls
All original including the Seth Lover mini-humbuckers. Original case included. All controls and the Bigsby function as normal. This guitar shows normal wear for being approximately 60-years-old including some buckle rash on the back.
Sears, Roebuck & Co started selling stringed instruments in the late 1890s, mostly ukuleles and guitars built by Harmony in Chicago. The instrument line was so successful for Sears that they bought Harmony outright in 1916.
That is the same year Sears started marketing their housebrand, Silvertone, beginning with a hand-crank phonograph. That morphed into radios, batteries and eventually Silvertone instruments and amplifiers.
It’s a little murky, but in 1940 Sears shed Harmony from it’s portfolio. At that point the instrument side of the business was so large Sears was sourcing from several manufacturers and maintained a contract relationship with Harmony.
1941 was the first year Sears offered a Silvertone electric hollow body guitar in the catalog.
1954 was the first year Sears offered a Silvertone solid body electric, likely by Harmony.
Fast forward to 1961 and the Silvertone 1446 is released, made by Harmony.
One urban legend claims Harmony built some guitars for Gibson in the early 1960s and as part of their agreement Harmony was able to get their hands on a good stash of Seth Lover mini humbuckers.
Harmony put the pickups in the 1446 until the model was discontinued in 1966 making this one of the more highly sought after Harmony collectables.
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