series of guitars is likely the largest selling acoustic bunch of
guitars in Sears' long history. Available for nearly a decade, with
nicely featured ads in all catalogs during that time, the 604 enjoys a
ubiquity today that no other Sears acoustic achieved. I see an average of at
least one a
day on eBay.
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The 604 began life as the model 608 in 1959, changing over to the long-running 604 in '61, and ending up its last few months of availability as the 1204 in the late '60s.The low-priced guitar came complete with a braided cord for a strap (ouch!), instruction booklet and later included a record. A couple weeks' worth of grass-mowing, or a friendly aunt, uncle, grandfather or Santa was all that stood between you and 6-string stardom. Click over to page 2 for some interesting variations over the years, including the rare Kay-built version!
Introduced: 1959 as the 608
Became the 604 in late '61
Retired: 1968 as the 1204