Silvertone 1449L Amp-In-Case Black Sparkle 1963

6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar with Rosewood Fingerboard. Made in the USA.
1 review

Silvertone 1449L Amp-In-Case Black Sparkle 1963


Description & Specs


Finish: Original

Body Material: Composite Body

Body Details: Composite wood body.

Neck Material: Basswood Neck

Fingerboard Material: Rosewood Fingerboard

Neck Profile: D-Shape

Neck Thickness (IN): 1st fret:: .81" / 12th: .87"

Fingerboard Radius: 16.00

Nut Width: 1-21/32 in

Neck Details: Bolt-on, one-piece basswood neck with a rosewood board, center dot inlays, and no adjustable truss rod.

Electronics: Two single-coil "lipstick" pickups, 3-way toggle pickup selector switch, and stacked volume and tone controls. -- Electronics are original and free from signs of modification. The pot codes date to 1963.

Pickup Measurements: Neck: 3.1 kΩ / Bridge: 3.2 kΩ

Hardware: Original chrome or nickel.

Weight: 5 lbs 12.3 oz

Modifications / Repairs: n/a

Case Details: Original hardshell case with built-in amplifier. -- The amp is equipped with two input jacks, volume, tone, and a tremolo channel with strength and speed controls engaged with included footswitch. -- The bodyside latch is not functional. The case is held closed with an instrument cable from the previous owner.

Cosmetic Condition: The guitar shows some signs of use or playwear. Scuffs and scratches can be seen in the finish. The sides and edges are worn.

Serial Number: 18511090

Tech Notes: Currently, set up with 10-gauge strings. This guitar was not manufactured with an adjustable truss rod. Over its life time, relief has been pulled into the neck that cannot be adjusted out. With the action set to standard low, this does cause some slight buzzing above the 12th to 14th frets. The frets are wide with moderate height and show only light wear. -- Pot codes date this instrument to 1963.

Customer Reviews
5.0 Based on 1 Reviews
Write a Review Ask a Question
  • Reviews
  • Questions

Thank you for submitting a review!

Your input is very much appreciated. Share it with your friends so they can enjoy it too!

Filter Reviews:
Matthew W.
United States United States
I recommend this product
My first electric love

I bought a guitar exactly like this from a fellow employee at a tv repair shop in 1977. I paid him $50 when he brought it to work. It had been in the attic of his family home in Arlington, Virginia. It was in dead perfect condition. It was my first electric. I put a lot of practice time on that guitar. After a year or so I started adding “improvements”. It ended up with new tuning machines, a 70’s PAF, Badass bridge, Strat style switch and an extra volume. I also modded the amplifier (I still use the amp and speaker combo for recording). It has been my test bed for guitar And amp mods. It seems horrific to many the mods it’s had but it wasn’t anything but a white elephant at garage sales. These are incredibly sweet guitars amp combos. The guitars are well designed considering the era they came from. The necks don’t have truss rods but the have two rectangular steel rods running the length of the neck. I’ve seen bunches of these over the years since and never a bad neck. The fretboard is extremely flat which makes it slide heaven. The bodies are very strong as well. The amplifiers are single ended with a pair of 12AX7s , a 6X4 rectifier and a 6V6 output tube. They have a really happening tremolo to my ears better than a Fender opto tremolo IMHO. Unlike many of it's siblings it has power transformer. This makes it safer. The non-power transformer units were potential death traps. It’s easy and cheap to add an isolation Transformer if you want to play one. I wholeheartedly give the Silvertone 1449 guitar and amp combo a thumbs up. I’ve been an electronicst since the early 60’s when I fixed my grandmother’s five tube standard AM radio. Take my word for It this is the bomb. Enjoy any Silvertone 1449 You can afford this is truly something that should be used. IMHO

You read that right! Any orders over $30 ship for free!*

The CME Difference:  CME's mission is to make sure your shipment will arrive quickly, carefully, and correctly. We realize that the online ordering of guitars and instruments, in general, can be a nerve-racking experience. We are here to put your mind at ease and make your transaction smooth and enjoyable! As musicians ourselves, we want to make sure everything gets to you the way it should, every time.

Most orders ship the same or next day:  
We greatly appreciate your patience, and are working hard to fulfill all requests as quickly as possible, while practicing recommended safety guidelines.

Our Bottom line: We care! This is something we take very seriously, because it's what you deserve. Our shipping, sales, and customer service teams are always striving to create the best experience for you. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, we want to know.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to, or call us directly at 773-525-7773.

*Special exceptions do apply.

The CME Showroom is Open!

Our maximum capacity is 50 people. Per Illinois mandate, we require a mask be worn for entry, and during the length of your visit. Please observe social distancing guidelines while in the store. Thank you for your cooperation.


12PM-6PM Tues-Sat


Scheduling an appointment is preferred, but we are taking walk-ins. For more details, give us a call at (773) 525-7773

Before & After Hours: Try us!
If we are not available, our commitment is to get back to you no later than the next day.

US & International: +1 (773) 525-7773

Fax: 773-525-2775


3316 N Lincoln Avenue Chicago, IL 60657

We're right off the CTA Brown Line 'Paulina' Stop Just North of Belmont and just West of Ashland.

We’re all musicians here at Chicago Music Exchange and we want you to love the gear you get from us. We understand that sometimes you get a piece of gear that doesn’t work out for you. That’s why we offer an easy return policy to take the stress out of purchasing from us.

If you decide you'd like to return an item, please contact your Sales Rep, fill out the Return Request form below, or give us a call.

If you placed your order on Amazon or eBay, we advise issuing the return request from your account on the platform of purchase - our Customer Service team will process a refund upon receipt of the item(s).

Most new items may be returned within 30 days of delivery and most vintage & used items may be returned within 3 days of delivery for a full refund, exchange, or store credit. Please pack the product safely for the journey back to us. If the product was shipped for free, the charge will be deducted from refund, unless the reason for the return is outside normal circumstances.

Please contact us as soon as possible if your order was received incorrectly, damaged, or defective. Most times we will give you an RA number (Return Authorization). Why is that number important? This will allow us to speed up the process of the return.

We reserve the right to charge a restocking fee based on the return condition. Some items we just can’t take back for returns, due to a one time function like strings or drums heads and other times it’s not sanitary to do so with microphones or harmonicas. If you aren’t sure if what you bought falls into a category like this, call us (773) 525-7773!

We strive to get your return processed quickly. Most of the time we have it done within two business days. Funds going back to credit cards usually takes two to four business days. CME strives to make sure all customers are happy with their experience. It is our priority to provide great service along with great gear. We always want to be helpful, and open to your feedback. Please let us know your thoughts! If you have any questions, we’re here for you!

Feel free to email us at or give us a call at (773) 525-7773.