Early 1960's Harmony Stratotone / Silvertone 1420
aka The "Communist Bloc Les Paul" during the USSR era.
Silvertone contract model of Harmony model H46
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2 early DeArmond "motel soapbar" aka "hershey bar" pickups. Great and clear acoustic / electric Jazz and rythm tones at low amp gains, throughout the guitar's volume and tone control ranges; Great Blues & Rock tones at the top of pre-amp head-room gains; "Marshall amp" compressed tones at higher pre-amp gains.
The GREAT tone of these guitars has allot to do with the DeArmond's expertise, and pickups wound with very fine wire creating an expanded / compressed tone envelope with rich dynamics. The pickups are thin vertically and wide horizontally, which senses a wide range of harmonics and tone on the strings. Mr. DeArmond was the first to spread playing the guitar by finger tapping the strings onto the fretboard like Stanley Jordan. It was Mr. DeArmond's way of demonstrating the remarkable sensitivity of these pickups.
With good cause, these 1420's along with the Silvertone Harmony Jupiter were the affordable "Les Pauls" for Guitarists of the old USSR and Communist Bloc countries.
PREVIOUS OWNER REPORTED: 1960 Silvertone Guitar. Printed inside guitar F-60 IP. Good condition. Everything works. One tuner is a little different from the others but works fine.
A tuner shaft is minimally bent which will bend right back in place. I'll be delighted to do that if the Buyer requests I do (Keeping with Industry Standard for vintage guitars; I don't do any work on any vintage guitar unless the Customer requests I do).
A great playing guitar with a phoenominal range of tones & sounds for any style of music.
High resolution pictures are on the following pages.