The hollowbody market was a hard to predict one, and the year this
was first offered, 1968, Sears went from offering zero double cutaway hollowbody
offering no less than FOUR separate models by years end. I'll blame this
on George Harrison, who was often seen sporting a handsome double cutaway Gretsch
Country Gentleman. The Japanese
the Gretsch nearly exactly, but Harmony was here with some American made guitar
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The 1485 was a Harmony-made ES-335 look-alike, and a premium guitar at the time it was offered, commanding one of the largest prices for a Silvertone in any catalog at $199.95. Obviously related to its long available brother the 1454 (and itself most closely related to the Harmony H78), it was available for only a year as the Made In Japan instruments took over. The higher than usual price tag of the 1485, along with its small window of availability, make this a rare Silvertone.
Fall/Winter 1968 at $199.95
as the 57H1485L
Fall/Winter 1969 at $199.95
as the 57G1485L
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