Silvertone 1449L Amp-In-Case Black Sparkle 1963

6-String Solid Body Electric Guitar in Black Sparkle with Rosewood Fingerboard. Made in the USA.

Silvertone 1449L Amp-In-Case Black Sparkle 1963

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Description & Specs

Summary

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.

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MW
08/12/2020
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