Guitar of the Month 2011
December: 1969 Silvertone 1490 Bass
The ’69 Silvertone 1490 bass showcased here has a 30" scale, three-tone sunburst, double-cutaway 14"-wide body—described in that year’s Sears and Roebuck catalog as hardwood—and a rosewood fretboard on a maple neck. Sears described it by saying, “an ultra-slim neck gives ‘uniform feel’ throughout the whole register.” Additional appointments include 20 frets, two singlecoils that are controlled by individual rocker tabs, two Volume knobs, a Tone control, an adjustable bridge, two-piece celluloid pickguard, and a thumb rest. This Silvertone originally sold for just $77.95.