This is a vintage 1966 Silvertone H1454 electric hollowbody guitar. Showcased in the Sears catalog as one of Silvertone’s “finest guitars,” no expense was spared when outfitting the H1454 with high-quality top-of-the-line hardware, including a trio of outstanding DeArmond “Diamond Grill” pickups and a Bigsby B3. This absolutely impeccable specimen is one of the finest you’ll find, and includes the original two-tone (gray and cream) soft case, as well as, the original setup instruction pamphlet! Exhibiting absolutely no evidence of actual playing wear nor even the slightest patina from storage, this Harmony 1454 is just about the cleanest one in existence.
Serial Number: 4040H1454
Pickup Stamp: NOV 30 1966 (marked 1,2 & 3)
Pot Codes: 304-6302 (Stackpole)
Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz.
Pickup Resistance: 9.53Ω (bridge), 12.38Ω (middle), 9.66Ω (neck)
This 100% all original example is in mint cosmetic condition, and would rate a strong 9.8/10 on a conservative grading scale. The finish is pristine, void of weather-checking, fading, and other typical natural blemishes induced by both time and storage environment. In fact, the overall sheen and crisp quality of the nitrocellulose finish is highly impressive and very attractive. While it’s not always easy to see in photos, there is some mild flame on the neck and body.
All (3) pickups sound incredible, and deliver that famous DeArmond single-coil character. With robust response, and sensitive articulation, really nothing sounds quite as interesting. Tons of personality, but performance to back it up, this is a great guitar for the money, especially considering the pickups and tailpiece alone are almost worth $1,000.00!