Vintage 1950's Silvertone Aristocrat Model 1354 Archtop


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Vintage 1950's Silvertone Aristocrat!
Model 1354 Archtop Jazz Box! Made In USA!
This is really cool. You are looking at a Vintage 1950's Silvertone Aristocrat Model 1354 Archtop Jazz Guitar. In production from 1952 to 1955 this was the most ornate of any Silvertone built. Beautiful Headstock and matching pickguard. This Aristocrat has some diamond shaped Mother of Pearl fret inlays. The Gold Top bell shape painted area just under the bridge really sets this guitar off. I don't think this is original, but it was done really right.
From The Web:
This Aristocratic from Kay was the first in a long-running series of well-appointed archtop electric guitars from Sears. It set the pace for the guitars to follow in all but one respect: this was the only single pickup 'Aristocrat' ever offered.
Manufactured in the USA by the Kay company for the Sears catalog, the Aristocrat is essentially one of Kay's high end Upbeat models (very similar to Kay's Barney Kessel in fact), yet featuring the "Soap Bar" chrome topped pickup popular on many of Kay's other models. This archtop features a full 17" lower bout, spruce top and figured curly maple back and sides, with a gorgeous, blonde finish. The tone is nuanced and warm, with a percussive quality that adds definition to single note lines and complex Jazz chords.
The neck has a generous chunky C shaped profile with 1 11/16" nut width, and the profile is firmly in "baseball bat" territory, filling the palm and chording very comfortably. The rosewood fretboard sports pearl diamond shape inlays and original frets that show very little wear, with their full original height and well rounded crowns. Kay used a surprisingly robust fretwire for a guitar made in the '50s, and these particular frets have a bit more width than you usually see in this era, playing cleanly up the neck with no buzzing or dead spots. The headstock is easily one of the best features of this instrument with an overlay that looks like a medieval crest, with gold "Silvertone" script etched at the top. This is no mere veneer and there is depth to the design, which is immaculate and features vibrant colors. Original tuners but the tuner butter buttons have been replaced.

 The original nickel trapeze tailpiece is present, along with the carved rosewood bridge. Even Kay's signature flag pickguard with etched Aristocrat Crest is intact and in fantastic shape with the stock mounting bracket. The original creme bakelite "cupcake" knobs are present as well.  

Our luthier did a complete setup. He did a "Neck Reset" and the guitar plays beautifully! He also installed a 1/4 jack so it will so work with any modern guitar cord. Frets are in great shape. Neck is Straight. Brand new strings were installed. Gig ready on Arrival!
Nut Width: 1 11/16"
  Case is NOT Included
Cosmetics: Good Condition. This guitar shows its fair share of honest wear, with lacquer checking across the entire body, some wear in the pick path. Keep in mind that this is nearly a 70 year old vintage guitar that has been played. There are scratches, scuffs, chips, dings and dents all over the body of this guitar. Cool wear marks add to this very authentic piece of Americana.  Dripping with "Mojo" It is used. Not perfect. Look at the pictures closely. They will tell the story. 

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Product Specs

Condition: Very Good (Used)
Brand: Silvertone
Model: Aristocrat 1354
Finish: Natural
Categories: Archtop
Year: 1950's
Made In: United States