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As November Draws to an End, we've got a few amps and guitars from the
'end of the line' for the Silvertone brand (and the start of the
'Space Dot' insignia) as our first ups today.
MIJ (Univox?) HBEG w/ C G $450 Clean, some
wear, logo has glue residue from where it was 'shamed'
at some point, gold finish worn from metal parts, wood inlay missing
from whammy, weird dots in finish (mold damage?)
Could the quality of the photos have been the determining factor
in the disparity in these prices for these two 1212 guitars?
Harmony FTAC VG $170 Clean, light wear, 'Space
Dot' in great shape
Harmony FTAC VG $56 Clean, light wear, 'Space
Dot' in great shape
The Seller's wife demanded he clean house get a little holiday
cash, so out these early 'Space Dot' 1420 amps go! Check out the build
differences between these two amps. They are both 1420 designated, but
the suffix to the number varies a bit, and did over a variety of 1420
Here's a nice informative bit from the seller/modder about what he did
to these amps: " I have several of these 5XL amps,
because they're easy to work on, easy to customize, and sound great.
Plus these are a real steal for a "vintage" tube amp -- no circuit
boards, no transistors, just point-to-point wiring, and made in the USA.
Of course these were cheap to buy new, and were made cheaply. They use
the tubes from the old "All American 5" radio circuit -- 35w4 rectifier,
50c5 power tube, and 12au6 preamp. These tubes are dirt cheap even now,
so you won't have a problem re-tubing in the future. The down side on
these amps is that they had no fuse and no power transformer - the juice
comes out of the wall, and directly into the amp. So, depending on which
way you plugged this into the wall, you could be the path from the metal
chassis to ground. An easy way to get that Hendrix hairstyle you've been
lusting after. This one's been updated with a fuse. And an isolation
transformer. And a grounded power cord. No, you should still not play
this in the shower, but it is about as safe as any modern amp now. The
filter caps have been replaced, since they're only expected to last 10
years, and this amp is about 45 years old. All resistors and capacitors
were checked and replaced if not to spec."
Sears tube amp MOD $85 Clean, light wear,
modded with transformer and 3-prong AC
Sears tube amp MOD $67 Clean, light wear,
small rip in grille, modded with transformer and 3-prong AC
Alright... on to the true Silvertonium!
Harmony HBEG w/ C G $760 Could use a
cleaning, some edge wear, finish dull, some scratches on back, pickguard
missing, rust to Bigsby roller and spring bolt, logo broken at 'S,'
crack at jack wraps around to treble waist, looks like some overspray or
removed finish on head
Dano SBEG G $411 Clean, surface wear and
scratches, whammy arm missing, logo strong, stress crack at neck
pocket, pickguard screw crack at treble upper bout
Another 1450; this is one a later version with a different logo, a
symmetrical neck screw pattern and triangular plate
Dano SBEG VG $375 Clean, some wear and
finish checking, repro pickguard, NS whammy arm, logo strong,
whammy spring cover missing, NS knobs
Dano tube amp MOD $155 Covering rough,
knobs DYMO-labelled, grille looks good, NS handle, tubes light up
otherwise untested, modded with various additional jacks and cooling fan
Dano tube amp P $75
Covering rough, stains to grille, no tubes, power cord spliced, date
stamping indicates March 1962 build
1470 Sears tube amp G $99
Wear to covering, logo strong, inner label intact, "The amp has just
been serviced and re-capped; however, there is still a slight
Dano sold state amp only G $65 Clean, some
covering wear and one ciggy burn, amp feet missing, functional but
distorted, trem works, rev doesn't, no footswitch, speaker cables left
hangin' seller says " the harder I strum a guitar chord, there is a
momentary reduction in the volume"
1385/1427Harmony HBEG MOD <$1150 Clean, light
wear, some finish checking, repro logo, NS bridge, NS tuners, neck has
been reset, pickguard missing
Harmony FTAC w/ C VG $119 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, serial #5390H1143, date stamped F-65
Harmony FTAC VG $55 Clean, light wear, logo strong, nut shimmed two
light cracks on bass upper bout
Kay mandolin w/ OC E <$450 Clean, minimal
wear, slight mar on headstock at logo, neck has been reset, pitch
pipe/strings/how to book and guarantee/care pamphlet incl.
856 Harmony ukulele w/ OC
VG $120 Clean, light wear, logo strong, some
tape residue on bass side top
Harmony FTAC VG $155 Clean, light wear, a
few scratches on top and back, logo strong, stamped F-66
216 Harmony FTAC VG w/ C
VG $180 Clean, some pick wear at soundhole, 'Melody Ranch'
"This was owned by a European polka band who painted all their
instruments red and white."
Kay FHAC w/ C MOD $69 Clean, plenty of
wear, refinished, NS bridge, logo still visible under the paint.
Alright... that oddball was just one small part of an ENORMOUS
Silvertonin' weekend... check it out:
Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $150 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, NS tuners, , holes in top indicate the guitar
pickguard was set up for left-handed play at some point, serial
Harmony FTAC w/ OC G $24 Could use a good
cleaning, light wear, logo strong, bridge needs some TLC
Here's a Silvertone World FIRST... of course, there wasn't a
Silvertone logo anywhere on this violin, but the included pamphlet ID'd
it as such. The inner label says "Copy of
Made in Germany." I won't comment further than the fact it looks like
it's been through many a hoe-down, with the neck of the fiddle worn down
to the wood. Went with case and bow for $105.
Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG $960 Clean, light
wear, logo intact, pick wear at treble side of lead pickup, pots dated
Spring 1960, original cable incl.
Dano SSEG VG $500 Clean, edge/surface wear,
logo barely there, rust to tuner plates, date stamp indicates March 1958
Kay FHAC w/ C VG $300 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, treble side tuners NS, NS pickguard
Dano tube amp VG $450 Clean, some edge and
corner wear, some scratching to control face, recently serviced, trem
functional, no footswitch, cabinet stamping indicates Spring 1956 build
Did ya think those legs under that amp were some
homemade jury-rig? Think again!
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $539
Clean, light wear, logo strong, some wear to case, small rip in guitar
sidewall lower treble side, duct tape 'repair' to case corner,
rust on clasps, 'cord keeper' still present, tremolo functional,
footswitch incl. but doesn't work
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $315
Clean, light wear, 'cord keeper' still present, some tape playing guides
on fretboard, logo strong, case faded, transitional model with
oval-button strip tuners, 3-screw neck attach & neck tilt
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $310
Clean, light wear, logo strong, inserts missing from guitar knobs,
transitional model with oval-button strip tuners, 3-screw neck attach &
neck tilt, speaker stamping indicates 1964 build
Dano tube ampincase only G $149
Cover worn with some tears, NS speaker, insert missing from knob,
Dano tube ampincase only G $103 Wear all
over, lining faded, some slight warping to case edge, NS speaker, NS
knob, clasps functional but rusty
'Me and My Silvertone' Flashback Friday for ya...
it's The Trends from Louisville, Kentucky and 1968! My friend, author
Alanna Nash is the groovy drummer there in the back. Looks like
the keyboard player is using a Silvertone 1483 to get her sound out,
while the bass player and guitar player are playing a Teisco KB-2 and a
Harmony H75. Photo by Edgar L. Daub.
These groovy young ladies are firing on all the 'guitars and amps we
love' cylinders, with a
Silvertone 1483 amp for the keyboard, the bassist with a Teisco
KB-2, and the guitarist is rockin' a Harmony H75.
Here are a few more 'Me and My Silvertone' snapshots, gathered
from our recent
Facebook page posts:
From an unknown officer's club in the early/mid-'50s, here's a fine
bunch of men in uniform, enjoying a rockin' combo with a Silvertone
guitar and amp front and center! That's a Harmony-built 1350 guitar and
one of the first Dano-built amps that Sears sold, the
Garage band fun with The Elusives, from 1965 and Malta Bend, Missouri.
Rockin' some Silvertonium all around; coupla
1484s and a back-up
1481 (there by the drummer...
see it?), a 1444 bass and a
1477 six-string up front. A Gibson
Firebird rounds out the mix.
From 1965, it's The Warringtons! Looks like a
1485 and a
1484 amp on the backline,
1446 guitars up front.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Everett. That's all we know. Well, that and March
1958. And Silvertone. So, what else can we *guess* from this photo?
Looks like Everett was on top of the fashion trends of his time; he's
got the cool Elvis-with-a-jacket look, his pomp looks regulation, and
he's rockin' with a fine Harmony-built
Great shot of a couple of US Navy sailors and a mid/late '50s
Harmony-built Silvertone 602.
Unknown sailor, unknown ship, unknown location. But we *do* know it's
from 1954, and that's certainly a Harmony-built
Silvertone 1317 he's got to keep
the swabbies entertained!
Kay FHAC w/ OC MOD $365 Clean, top nicely
refinished, crack on top repaired, logo laminate in great shape,
pickguard insignia strong, light wear
FTAC VG <$345 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, action 'a little high going up the neck'
Valco tube amp VG $220 Clean, light stain
to grille, logo strong, handle and covering in great shape, bottom
Valco tube amp G $173 Clean, grille faded,
handle missing, some edge wear
Valco tube amp G $147 Needs a good
cleaning, handle badly worn, grille cloth a bit ripply
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet G $423
Clean, plenty of wear and some cover peel, control face shows rust dots,
AC cord replaced, speaker stamping indicates early 1965 build, rev/trem
functional, no footswitch
Dano tube ampincase only VG <$249
Clean, light wear, liner looks great, a few scuffs to grille fabric
Sears tube amp VG $181 Clean, light wear,
some water spotting to back cover and inside cabinet
No Logo... but still pretty neat.
1321 Dano SSEG MOD $406
Could use a good cleaning, refinished, logo "can be seen very faintly,"
date stamped October 1957
Kay FHAC G $151 Clean, some wear and dings,
logo strong, some neck separation, high action, (1) bent tuner, stamped
57-619 & P-3
Dano Reverb/Tremolo Footswitch $63 Worn, a
little oxidation around the button nuts, untested
OK, I know ZIP about Silvertone accordions.
The auction only caught my eye because of the relatively high price.
That said, here's an early 50s Silvertone accordion, model 1565,
apparently manufactured by the long-running accordion concern
Italy... Went for $1450 on an eBay auction... doggone, it wasn't
cheap in the first place! The catalog listing is from 1953.
A little something from the '64 Files...
My Mom Was a Big Elvis Fan, and I
eventually turned into one. I've heard this song as long as I can
remember, and there's really no other version that compares with it
(even though there are over
versions of the Hayes/Johnson tune). I knew this song was
part of the "Elvis' Christmas Album," released in late 1957, but what I
didn't know (until stumbling across this industry ad in my year-long
search for all things 1964) was that it wasn't released as a single
until this week 50 years ago! Oddly, the flip was a song from the
four-years-previous movie "G.I.
Blues," a tune called "Wooden
Annnnnd... just in case you've never heard it... here ya go, the
original with Scotty, Bill, DJ, the Jordanaires and the high voice of
TV Theme show collections have been popular a mighty long
time it seems. Too bad the art of the television show theme seems to
have gone downhill in recent years, using a 'known' song for a show
theme, or in many cases these days, no theme at all.
How about this? Billboard Magazine giving DJs a little
craft project so they'll have some hep patter to spin along with those
stacks of wax!
OK, I certainly remember the Nashville Teens' "Tobacco
Road." Um... "Google Eye"...
not so much. Just a great example of the record industry hype machine.
Went Top 20 UK, apparently.
I used to play songs from their "Ballads and Bluegrass" album on my
Saturday bluegrass shows back when I was a DJ, so I was excited to find
this program announcement for Buck Ryan and Smitty Irvin appearing on
Jimmy Dean's network show this week 50 years ago, and even more thrilled
when I found the clip was available on YouTube!
Little o' This, Little o' That....
Harmony FTAC VG $45 Clean, some edge wear,
logo strong, light rust to tuner plates, (1) tuner bent, stamped F-64
Dano tube amp VG $499 Clean, light
wear all over, 'flying V' logo a bit skewed, recently serviced, trem
functional, no footswitch
Dano SSEG guitar only VG $425
Clean, light edge/surface wear, logo strong, knobs missing inserts,
seller is original owner
Soooo Many Speakers... the Solid
State 1466 was one of the priciest, most powerful amps that Sears ever
made available. This one looks great, and needs a little TLC to get back
up to gut-punching speed... those half-dozen 10" Jensens are ready to
Dano Solid State amp and speaker cabinet G $700 Clean, light wear,
casters present, amp "makes very low volume when ranked," cabinet
stamping indicates late 1967 build
Dano tube amp MOD $445 Clean, light wear,
one ciggy burn on top edge. Recently serviced; from the seller/tech:
"This amp has been blueprinted to better than original specs without
destroying it’s classic sound. All it’s old electrolytic caps have been
replaced as well as any marginal drifted resistors. A 3-wire grounded
power cable has been fitted and the death-cap removed. The unnecessary
ground switch has also been disconnected. Switching (auto grounding)
1/4” input jacks have been installed. Both channels are strong - Mods
that were done: channel one had a 180 pf cap added across the volume pot
to give it a brighter sound. The other channel is stock; the 16 mfd
first stage power supply filter capacitor was replaced with a 60 mfd
that fattened and tightened up the bottom end. Dimed it has a bit of
crunch - more so on the 2nd channel. This thing takes pedals extremely
well especially a Screamer and sounds great through a 8 ohm 2 X12 cab.
Very quiet at idle, clean and NO HUM. It has 2 Sylvania 6L6 Output
tubes, 2 - 12 ax7s preamp tubes (one an original Silvertone), a
Silvertone 6FQ7 mixer tube and a Sylvania 5Y3GT Rectifier. The original
transformer has not been replaced - sounds like it was not abused -
strong and functioning well. The original speaker cable was removed and
was replaced with a 1/4" jack (it will be included in the sale)."
This bass would go great with either of those amps up there!
Dano SSEG bass VG $899 Clean, light wear,
logo intact, NS knobs, looks like the neck has had its share of stage
Harmony HBEG E $1060
Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, date stamped F-66
Harmony HBEG MOD $381 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, small ding on headstock, playing wear to neck, some 'cord
melt' on back, pickups replaced, middle p/u covered, (2) V/T controls
eliminated from network
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $375
Clean, some light scratches to back of guitar, case-scrape ding on lower
treble bout, ampcase has some scratches/tears, logo strong, recently
Kay FHAC w/ C P $79 Needs a lot of
TLC; no hardware, several cracks, finish faded, 'wind chime' logo strong
Harmony FHAC w/ C G $185 Clean, some edge
wear, some repaired cracks, logo strong
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG
$999 Clean, light wear, logo looks worn, NS tuners, scratch
There's Always That ONE Zombie that
comes out after you think the rest are vanquished.
Dano SSEG guitar only MOD $250 Clean, NS
humbuckers, NS knobs, pickguard cut to accommodate pickups, logo strong
Check the bridge... those front two screws are supposed to go under
the plate, not through it.
Valco tube amp VG $165 Clean, light cover
wear, small bump on front corner, logo strong, handle worn, recently
serviced, 3-prong AC mod
Dano tube amp VG <$400 Clean, light wear,
xformer replaced, stamping indicates early 1966 build, tremolo
unmentioned but seller says : "WORKS FINE, HAS A VERY SLIGHT HUM, GREAT
Kay FHAC VG $223 Clean, light wear, logo
worn/retouched, playing wear to neck
Harmony FTAC G $100 Clean, wear all over,
logo strong, looks like some water damage along back bottom edge
Prince Has A New Album Out...
and he appeared last night on Saturday Night Live, in an
unprecedented 8-minute slot in the middle of the venerable late-night
show. Being the creaky sleep-deprived geezer I am (regardless of
the extra hour of snoozetime we got last night), I TIVO'd the show, and
FF'd to Prince's performance this morning. From the opening group still
of the band, and given the non-Silvertonium tendencies of Prince and his
bands, I wasn't expecting anything in the way of our fave instruments,
so I was pleasantly surprised when
Ida Nielsen, bassist for Prince's current band 3rdEyeGirl, could
be seen holding down the bottom end with a Danelectro Longhorn bass!
Warmed my ol' heart to see some lipstick-pickup goodness powering the
sound of one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the
past 35 years.
Check out the entire performance of "Clouds" and the
guitar-melting "Marz" and "Anotherlove:"
Make sure to visit Fall
Pt. 1 2014,
with some spooky Frankentones,
plenty of Silvertonium, and more dispatches from Fall 1964!
/ MANUFACTURER / INSTRUMENT TYPE /
CONDITION / PRICE /
Abbreviations: M-Mint, NM - Near Mint, E-
VG- Very Good, G- Good , F-Fair, P-Poor, NS-
HBEG- Hollow Body Electric, FHAC- F-Hole Acoustic, FTAC-
Flat-Top Acoustic, SBEG- Solid Body Electric, SSEG-
Semi-Sold Electric, MIJ- Made In Japan, MOD - Modified
significantly from stock, w/ O/C Original / Case, DNS -
Did Not Sell; used mainly to show an item of interest whether it sold or
Unless otherwise noted, I'm rating them by what I see in the pictures
and read in the description.
The items depicted on this page are not for sale by Silvertone World.
These are reviews of items from completed eBay auctions on or around the
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