This is a sweet Silvertone, red sunburst, hollow body, model 1425, electric guitar made for Sears by Kay of Chicago. It has two single coil pickups that range from twangy to smooth. It also features a hardwood top with maple back and sides. This guitar can be played acoustically or electrically and sounds fantastic both ways. It’s a nice light guitar that really puts out. The neck is straight and all the electronics work properly. The action is set fast and it plays really well. This Silvertone feels really good in your hands and sounds amazing. This is definitely a collector’s and/or player’s guitar. It comes with an original, period correct, high quality hard shell case.
This guitar features a sunburst finish, a raised pickguard with a perimeter stripe and an “S” logo, on white plastic pickgaurd on the bottom, 2 f-holes, two metal, single coil pickups, a four-way adjustable rosewood bridge, a trapeze style tailpiece, four white plastic knobs, a slider-style pickup selector, and white celluloid binding on the neck and body. One interesting thing to note is that the 1959 Sears catalog has this same guitar with the slider pickup control although we have another version here with a the toggle. This guitar is virtually identical to the Kay Pacer model K6550 except the binding/trim in this model is one solid color versus the Pacer’s black and white striped trim. It appears that Kay sold these guitars from the mid-late 1950s through the mid-1960s. The pick-ups are indicative of that time period.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is clean and in good condition. There are about four spots of minor surface wear to the finish on the upper bass bout.
The 2×3 closed-back chrome-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners with white plastic buttons are in perfect, smooth working order.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Glued-on, bound, straight neck with rectangular, mother-of-pearl inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 19 frets, and 26″ scale. Frets are in very good condition. The Silvertone logo’d headstock shows very little wear on the edges. The action is fast and the fretboard feels fantastic under the fingers. The neck is kept straight with a steel reinforcement rod. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The two great single-coil pickups are powerful and in good working order. The neck pickup has a smooth, round, thick, clean tone great for jazz, rock and blues depending on your settings. The bridge pickup is clean and bright, perfect for a myriad of styles including, rock, jazz soul, funk and punk. Both pickups together, with usage of the tone settings, gives you a wide range of tonal possibilities. One volume and one tone control for each pickup and a three way toggle switch for pickup selection, bridge, neck and both. All the electronics are in great working order. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The Dimensions are:
Overall length: 43″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body width: 17.25″
Body thickness: 3″ with neck 3.5″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Scale: 26″ approx.
Width of the nut: 1.75″ (depth: 1″)
String height at 12th fret: 1/16″
Here’s the original description from the 1959 Sears catalog:
Handsome, dual-pickup cutaway arched model.Beautiful in tone and looks. Gleaming hand-polished finish. Hardwood top with maple back and sides. The slim neck is reinforced with a steel rod. You’ll find fingering is easy and more comfortable. The thin body is easier to hold while playing. Two volume and two tone controls–one of each for both pickups. Three-way switch for extra versatility. 42×17 inches.
57 F 01425L–Shpg. wt. 12 lbs. Cash $99.95 Description from VintageSilvertones.com