This guitar shares the silhouette of various ’60s Harmony and Silvertone releases, like the ones played by Annie “St Vincent” Clark The original 1478 had the now coveted “harp” style gold foil pickups, but vintage tone lovers will not be disappointed with the reissue’s pickups. They show some of the character and punch of the gold foils, but with sound of their own.
The twin volume pots dropped off quickly but smoothly, making it easy to change the tone by relative pickup level adjustment. The two tone pots are voiced perfectly to create jazzy warmth (neck) or a throaty roar (bridge). This 1478 had plenty of acoustic ring thanks to a mahogany body sandwiched in maple, and sustain courtesy of well-finished frets. The Bigsby is a definite improvement over the cheesy original vibrato tailpiece, and adds a string area behind the bridge for Nels Cline-style modern guitar sounds. With its cool looks, distinctive tone, and fluid playability (and with vintage models nearing a grand), the Silvertone 1478 is a steal.
MODEL Silvertone 1478
PRICE $549 street
NUT WIDTH 1 11/16″
NECK Mahogany Bolt-on
TUNERS Sealed Kluson-style
BODY Mahogany w/ Maple top and back
BRIDGE Tune-o-matic w/ Bigsby Tremolo
PICKUPS Two Silvertone Single Coils
CONTROLS 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way pickup selector
FACTORY STRINGS Cleartone .010-.046
WEIGHT 7.68 lbs.