There wasn't really
a predecessor to this guitar...it was just one of many simple
one pickup machines that Sears sold. Not much
to it; no switches, no whammy bar, no fanciness or features at all. Just a
pickup, tuners and a tailpiece. At least it had a volume AND a tone control.
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The 1406 was a Japanese-made single pickup entry-level axe from our friends at Teisco. It was as basic as you could get, and its styling left a bit to be desired, in my book. Oddly, the guitar's final (I assume) and far more rare iteration was much more attractive, as well as not listed in any catalog that I can find. It's the exception to the rule, however, as most 1406 models that you see will be the one that is listed in the Sears catalog from 1971ish through 1972. Most are 'Space Dot' branded, a precious few got a metal Silvertone logo.
1970/71(?) at $27.95
Last Sighting: Fall/Winter 1972 at $30.95.