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Rendition 1457 Guitar and Bass

Pictured are three electric guitars that resemble the infamous Silvertone Model 1457. Only the guitar on the right is an actual Silvertone guitar. The other two are Specimen creations inspired by the original.

In the center is a 120-percent Specimen enlargement of the Silvertone. It features a 25" scale length with a Bigsby tremolo tailpiece. On the left is a Specimen 140-percent enlargement, transmuted into a 5-string bass.

Tim Hurley (Red Red Meat, Sin Ropas) purchased the guitar, while the bass belongs to Mark Greenberg (the Coctails, Eleventh Dream Day).

"I believe Ian read my mind and built this bass just knowing I would have to have it. The moment it was in my lap, I knew it would be with me for a long time. Not only is it hilarious to look at due to its inflated size, it actually plays really nicely and sounds GREAT! It is the kind of bass I can really dig into, very physical. I loved it so much I ended up getting a guitar to match. Often, when on tour with the Coctails, small girls from the audience would ask to have their pictures taken holding the bass. It was like a baby holding a king can or a kid with one of those oversized novelty foam hands that say 'Our Team-#1!' When I see pictures of me on stage playing the bass, it looks like the bass is close but I am far away. This bass is as close to surrealism as I get." -Mark Greenberg

Other Silvertone-style Specimens include the Silvertone Tele, Silvertone Maxwell, Schnellercaster Custom, Andrew Bird Maxwell, BJQ Pippin, and Indian Corn Guitar.

FEATURES

GUITAR:
Neck: Maple
Scale: 25"
Fretboard: Rosewood
Body: Masonite and pine body, black nitrate finish with silver-sparkle, vinyl wallpaper edging, white masonite pickguard
Pickups: Lipstick pickup in the middle, humbucker in the bridge
Controls: Volume, tone, three-way pickup selector
Bridge: Tune-o-matic with Bigsby

BASS:
Neck: Maple
Scale: 34"
Fretboard: Rosewood
Body: Masonite and pine body, black nitrate finish with silver-sparkle, vinyl wallpaper edging, white masonite pickguard
Pickups: 5-string bass pickup
Controls: Volume and tone
Bridge: 5-string bass bridge

Specimen Custom Silvertone-style Guitar and Bass

Specimen Custom Silvertone-style Guitar and BassSpecimen Silvertone 1457 Style Custom Guitar

Specimen Silvertone 1457 Style Custom Guitar