Silvertone acoustic, 1966
We make no apologies for this one! It’s been around the block a bit, the tuner buttons have been changed, and the action is high, (your left hand will probably hold out for around five or six songs) – but it would still be a useful beach house guitar, or a wall-hanger for the studio or home. And the faux flame Sunburst finish is so cool!
Built at the Harmony plant in Chicago, for the Sears department stores Spring/Summer catalogue of 1966, (just in time for the original Summer of Love), the Silvertone H604 model is virtually identical to the H931 Harmony Stella model, with all solid Birch construction, one-piece steel re-enforced Maple neck, brass frets and a pinless bridge, this was Sears’ catalogue-leading flattop model when it was introduced in 1963 – a fully featured instrument, but priced mid-range – “Count on Sears for EXTRA value”.
The standard-sized H604, (36” x 13¼ x 3¾), remained in production until 1969, the 12/18 fret “Shaded Mahogany” acoustic one of Sears’ big sellers. Four decades of ageing have given nice projection to the highly desirable warm sound that comes from vintage Birch.
Although the neck join is solid, there’s a dip from around the 11th to 17th frets, (see lower pic # 6), forcing us to cut a very high saddle to compensate, (see upper pic # 6), thus explaining the high action.
The action and slight cosmetic issues aside, the guitar is otherwise in very good condition, with very little play wear, (frets are virtually mint), remaining quite a good example of vintage American instrument building. It has been freshly strung with a set of Martin ‘Custom Lights’, and is just waiting for a new home
Price: AUD$300.00 GST Included