In 1964, the Danelectro-made Silvertone Model 1449 was replaced in the Sears catalog by the nearly identical 1457. The only distinguishable difference between the two is the pickguard, which encircles the neck pickup on the later 1457. As expected from Danelectro, both models featured classic hollowbody Masonite construction and lipstick pickups.
This circa-1966 Silvertone Model 1457 is a particularly interesting vintage piece because—for whatever reason—it sports the "wrong" headstock. In the Sears 1966 catalog, you'll see the 1478 Silhouette with that same pitched, six-on-a-side Fender-inspired headstock, but the 1478 was made by Harmony, not Danelectro. Perhaps it's an after-market neck, adapted from a Silhouette, but it doesn't have the block inlays and binding you'd expect to see. Instead, it has all the tell-tale signs of Danelectro (steel nut, 14" radius, dot inlays, etc.).
One thing we know for sure is that by 1966 Danelectro was on its way out. The company was purchased by MCA that year, and after failing to find new factory space for production, MCA ultimately shut Danelectro down. So perhaps this 1457 was one of the last Danelectros in the Sears warehouse, and for whatever reason, it needed a new neck? That's all speculation of course, but it only makes us wish guitars could talk!
This 1966 Silvertone Model 1457 plays well and packs every bit of the warm lipstick pickup jangle that makes vintage Danelectro-made guitars so desirable. It has non-original 6-on-plate tuning machines, and the back of its neck was refinished black. If the steel nut is original, it has at least been re-installed once over the years, and the neck may have been re-fretted. Under the hood, the original concentric tone/volume controls have been replaced with more familiar master volume and master tone controls. Also, it sports way-cool knobs that look like they came of a late-'70s pedal.
This Danelectro-made Silvertone has a lot of its own unique vibe and the tone to back it up. Basic gig bag included