1964 was an incredible year
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Mustang! Yeah, I had one when I was a
lucky teenager in the late '70s. It was a 1965 coupe, fire engine red
with a 289 V8 engine onboard. That machine would definitely get up and
go! I'm sure you've seen plenty this week in the media about the
50th anniversary of the classic car, so I'll not rehash the details
of its history and special place amongst American sports cars; there are
there far more conversant than I to take care of informing you. All
this news of what was my very first car did make me kinda wistful
for, if nothing else, the sheer simplicity of that vehicle. Look at that
dash: speed, engine temp, fuel, odometer (and not Trip1, Trip2, DTE, etc
etc... just miles and tenths), lights and some sliders for the heat (no
AC in my Pony)... not an LED or digital readout in sight. And dig
that stylin' push-button radio, from a time when you could still get
some decent jams on the AM band. Of course, being a teenager, I added
extra tune-age; a
ludicrous FM converter at first, then later a bulky slide-in
Pioneer SuperTuner with cassette. I serenaded my dates (with varying
degrees of success) with carefully crafted Dolby-ized mixtape cassettes,
and enjoyed many road trips with a big box of vinyl dubs by my side.
Alas, that pretty brushed chrome (and apparently tempting and obviously
easily removable) audio hardware eventually got stolen, and I decided to
go it alone with the radio. My best memory of that chrome-knobbed
companion is long nights delivering Domino's Pizzas to the area
surrounding the Norfolk Naval Base, relying on that AM radio to keep me
entertained. Lucky for me, a station in the area had recently gone
retro, playing some really good '60s and early '70s tunes, much 'deeper'
than what you hear on 'classic rock' stations these days. The Mustang
eventually got sold, replaced by a Ford Escort, and many more vehicles
since then have come and gone in my driveways. But, of course, I'd still
love to be able to slide into that leather bucket driver's seat, shift
into 'D', hit the road, roll down the windows and crank up some Neil
Young or Beatles or Marvin Gaye or T-Rex or Elvis or Traffic or Kinks or
Cream or Hendrix or Eddie Cochran... maybe even deliver a pizza or two.
Alright, on to the Silvertonium!
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $800
Clean, edge/corner wear, 1/4" jack mod to cab, rev/trem functional, no
footswitch, NS Sovtek power tubes, speaker stamping indicates Fall 1966
Would you like some Harmo-metal with that?
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG <$1750 Clean, light
wear, some finish checking, pickguard cracked at rhythm pickup screw
Kay FHAC w/ C VG $233 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, bolt-on neck, zero fret, 'bell' truss rod cover, frets
Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG $485
Clean, light wear, fingerboard/fret wear, logo intact but bent at 'S,'
replacement pickguard or all labeling worn off, seller says it
might need a fret job
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG
Clean, light wear, logo strong, some grille staining
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG
Clean, light wear, logo strong, speaker stamping indicates 1966 build
Dano SSEG Bass MOD $398 Poorly refinished,
logo missing, strap buttons missing, pickup has chrome rub-off
Dano tube amp $285 Needs a cleaning, light
wear, handle looks good, logo emblem shiny, faux alligator looks good,
no speaker, tubes light up, otherwise untested
Rare amp; sad condition
Dano tube amp $153 Needs a thorough
cleaning, re-upholstered, handle broken, logo emblem missing, most of
the tubes and (1) speaker missing, untested
Odds and Mods... at first glance, I
wanted to peg this one as an 'Espanada' model, but the extra real estate
at the cutaway IDs it as a 1446 'Chris Isaak,' albeit without its
trademark Gibson-sourced mini-humbuckers set in those cool pentagonal
bezels. It does seem to have inherited an 'Espanada'-style pickguard,
hamhandedly trimmed to fit the replacement pickups. I stuck a little pic
of the 1384/85/1427 down there
to give you some comparison.
Harmony HBEG MOD $660 Clean, wear/flaking,
logo intact, NS pickups, replacement modded pickguard
Harmony HBEG VG $1136 Clean, light wear,
some finish checking, playing wear to neck, logo intact, pickguard
missing, toggle switch tip missing
MIJ HBEG VG $221 Clean, light wear, 'Space
Dot' looks good, chrome shiny, small piece of binding chipped at
cutaway, related to the 1460
Harmony HBEG body/neck $203 Clean, logo
strong, hardware/electronics gone, stress cracks at jack hole, seller
says "It was in good playing condition before I took it apart."
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $1200
Clean, light wear, some rust to jack nuts, original dolly/caster incl.,
footswitch incl., rev/trem function unmentioned, seller says "This unit
was used in the 1960's and early 70's and has been in storage since
then... wear marks on the outside of the speaker cabinet, all the tubes
work but I do not have an instrument to check it for sound. I am the
original owner, purchased in 1962."
Dano tube ampincase $76
Clean, light wear, some corner wear, rust to case hardware,
functionality unknown; seller says "amp does turn on, but makes noise
while moving knobs, AC cord not good"
Sears tube amp F $97 Clean, light wear,
grille loose with a small tear, some paint spatters to covering, knobs
missing, back missing, AC cord spliced, pots date to late '69,
markings show a 1970 date, seller says "loud hum... no signal, speaker
blown, tubes test strong"
Dear Sellers: Please take more complete pictures of your items
than this. You'll make more money, I promise.
Harmony FTAC VG <$66 Clean,
light wear, logo strong
Wow! What a Weekend! Kickin' off
today's report with this beautiful 1484.
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet E $1600
Clean, minimal wear, schematic/manual incl., rev/trem functional, no
footswitch, speaker/cab stamping indicates Summer 1966 build
From a stone-stock amp to a gizmo-modded Frankentone...
Check out this Kay-built Silvertone 619, with some interesting pickups
and a top curve-matching control box! There was also a stack of lyrics
typed on now-yellowed paper in the case. The auction didn't specify any titles, but
the top song on the stack was Paul
Revere & the Raiders' "Kicks" from 1966!
Kay FHAC w/ C MOD <$400 Clean, light wear,
logo strong but second 'e' worn, NS electronics added
Well, this is... um.. well, different... When you get a short,
sweet description like "Vintage SILVERTONE Electric 6 String Guitar with
Microphonic Pickup" with the additional info of "Watch is in running
order. Has never been serviced, only one owner" for the auction, you
know it's probably best to just accept the odd 'mud puddle mottled
marble' refinish job and roll on...
Harmony SSEG w/ OC MOD $354 Refinished,
pickguard legends strong, pickups shiny, selector knob missing, logo
Now for a 1482 amp Double Play!
Dano tube amp VG $550 Clean, scuff control
face, some residue on knobs, footswitch incl., cabinet stamping
indicates Summer 1964 build, recently serviced, stock speaker replaced
with a Jensen C12R,
3-prong AC mod, tremolo functional
Dano SSEG w/ C VG $830 Clean, some
edge/surface wear, logo strong, playing wear to neck, NS aluminum cavity
cover, internal stamping indicates Fall 1958 build
FTAC Classical w/ OC VG $35 Needs a good
dusting, light wear, neck slightly bowed
Oh, almost forgot... check out out this unidentified
military man strumming what looks to be a Harmony-built Silvertone model
700, or maybe an early 710. Unidentified base, possibly in the
'Near Mint' is not a term I get to
apply much to Silvertone auctions that I report on here; it just doesn't
happen that much. Well, it happened today. So, go ahead and drool over
this beautiful 1966 Silvertone 1454!
Harmony HBEG w/ OC NM $2000 Near mint...
pretty much says it all. Original care guide and a few 'how to' Mel Bay
books included for good measure. Pickups stamped Nov. 1966.
Dano SBEG Bass w/ OC MOD $225 Clean,
refinished, playing wear on back bass edge, logo missing, NS nut
Harmony FTAC G $260 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, finish checking, neck heel lifting slightly, high action
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $683
Clean, light wear, logo strong
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $521
Clean, light wear, volume knob missing, other knobs show light adhesive
seep, volume pot scratchy, amp work but tremolo functiona unmentioned,
Dano SSEG Bass VG $999
Needs a cleaning, some edge/surface wear, logo intact but chrome is worn
Harmony FHAC w/ C G $173 Clean, some
surface/edge wear, some checking/flaking, binding yellowed, pickguard
missing, top refinished, 'deco' logo faded, nice grain on back, NS
bridge, seller pegged this as a 1945-era axe, but the 694 was available
Kay FHAC w/ C G $172 Clean, edge surface
wear, checking/flaking, refretted, NS tuners, logo laminate
stained/yellowed, pickguard yellowed, neck wear, side cracked/repaired
all the way around, three holes cut for NS electronics (now empty),
seller pegged this as a 1947-era axe, but the block-markered 674 was
available mid '50s
The Second Rarest Silvertone Amp is
today's first up; it's the very unusual green and beige radius-cornered
1343, the end-of-the-line version of the 1342. Offered only in the
Spring/Summer 1954 catalog, and depicted as a trapezoidal shape with a
very different speaker opening. If Dano ever made one just like the one
in the catalog, I've never seen it.
Dano tube amp G <$900 Clean, covering wear,
no logo, handle worn, control face worn, grille looks good, amp
functional, tremolo unmentioned
Oh, right... the *rarest* Silvertone amp? Well, I've never
ever seen one of these. Identical to the Dano-branded
'Commando' and the Montgomery Ward GDR-8518A / 55 JDR 8437. I have a
theory that if you ordered a 1337 from Sears, you actually
received a Commando, possibly with a Silvertone brand/number plate
bolted over the Dano brand area, much like the Monkey Wards amp depicted
below. If anyone out there has a Silvertone-branded version of this amp,
I'd certainly love to see it.
This next amp up is more common, but one in this condition
certainly isn't... looks like it just came out of the box.
Oh, wait... it did!
Dano tube amp E $500 Clean, minimal wear
(not sure what that white stuff is on that one bottom corner; it wasn't
mentioned), shiny everything, tremolo functional, no footswitch, orig.
A Tale of Two Basses... well, it's a
short story... one was beautiful, the other... not as much.
Dano SSEG Bass w/ OC E $895 Clean, minimal
wear, logo bent at 'S,' shiny chrome & finish, neck stamp indicates
Spring 1965 build
Dano SSEG Bass w/ OC G
$450 Clean, edge wear, surface 'swirl' wear, pickguard border
worn, logo bent at 'S,' limited photos
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase E $640 Clean,
minimal wear, logo strong, footswitch, orig. cord incl., looks like some
water staining to covering to one side of ampcase, case needs (1) new
Hot off the heels of that fine 1457, I though you might
like to se this recent Dano-branded reissue... went for $243. Note the
dull chrome finish to the lipstick pickups, the compensated bridge, and
the single knob controls.
Quite a Silvertonin' Weekend! We've
got a great variety of items that went under the gavel the past couple
of days, let's start off with this fine example of the rare '50s-era
Kay-built 696 archtop.
Kay FHAC w/ OC VG <$595 Clean, light
wear/checking, logo strong with a scrape on the 'S,' bridge missing
Harmony HBEG w/ C $750 Sold as a 'project,'
logo missing (but proudly Sharpie'd back in), NS tuners, NS bridge,
edge/surface wear, jack repaired, wear to pickup cover inserts, truss
rod cover missing, pots scratchy, finger peeling (was it varnished at
Harmony SSEG w/ OC E <$750 Clean, minimal
wear, logo intact, chrome shiny, pickguard legends strong, pickups date
Teisco SBEG Bass VG $275 Clean, light wear,
logo intact, some pitting/oxidation to chrome parts, serial #89311
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase E <$629
Clean, minimal wear, sidewalls bright, chrome shiny, logo strong,
transitional version; triangle legend cylinder knobs, strip tuners,
three-screw neck attach and neck tilt
Teisco SBEG VG <$295 Clean, light wear,
logo tag looks good, recently rescued from 40 years in storage
Harmony FTAC G $15 Clean, some edge
wear/flaking, top split on bass side, fingerboard wear in the 'cowboy
chord' area, logo strong
Hey, look! It's a 1483! The Silvertone amp of choice for Peter
Buck, Rilo Kiley and Vampire Weekend!
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $375
Clean, light wear, duct tape residue on top of cab
Dano tube amp only VG <$400 Covering
painted, control face legends almost erased, NS knobs, rust to metal
Dano tube ampincase only VG $128
Clean, some wear to covering and lining, some wear to hardboard amp
chassis, knob missing, amp functional
Dano Solid State amp only VG $75 Clean.
light wear, some tape residue on panel face, tested functional; no
mention of rev/trem
Valco tube amp VG $400 Clean, light wear,
logo looks great,
some staining to grille, paint drips on one side, schematic nearly
intact, handle looks good, recently restore; seller says "All
out of spec parts replaced. Pot cleaned. 3 prong power cord added for
safety. The original 6"Rola speaker is dirty, but cone is still in very
nice shape with no rips or tears. Vintage tubes are all GE and all test
good on my Hickok 6000A, 6SJ7, 6V6GT and 5Y3GT."
Dano ampcase knobs $25 apiece Light wear,
slight adhesive seep to inserts, (1) shows a rounded rim
Guitars and More!
Harmony SBEG G $1200 Clean, edge/surface
wear, some finish checking/flaking, buckle rash worn through to wood,
whammy intact, logo worn, lamination lines showing at headstock, NS
tuners, NS truss rod cover
Harmony FHAC w/ C VG $195 Clean, light
wear, 'thick script' logo strong, pickguard missing (bracket's still
there), a little 'cord melt' area to the finish on back lower bass side
bout, playing wear to neck (and maybe some weather exposure to
headstock), serial #2491H612
Now, a little blast from the audio past with these entertainment
systems from very different eras...
17420 Simpson-Sears phonograph
$200 This is one groovy unit from our friends
in Canada... plays every record speed, has a flippable needle, record
changer and a smoked dust dome to complete the look. From the
year of 1971, you'll have to find your own far-out speakers...
1582 Sears tube radio <$795
Beautiful 'cathedral' radio from the Depression era. Functional, sourced
from Colonial Radio
And, well... just because I came across it.... the predecessor of
the iPod dock from 1972.
Let's grab a little 1964 throwback while we're at it... you may
have heard of these fellows...
Here's your top long-players for this week in 1964...
Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah... this happened: The Fab Four control the
top five spots on the Billboard singles chart. On *four* different
End Of The Line? That's our first up
today; as the best-selling 1477 was about to bow out of the pages of the
Sears catalog, it experienced a few changes, resulting in a handful of
much rarer 'Bobkats.' These axes got bigger knobs, a roller bridge, and
colorful inserts to their DeArmonds. Today's example (stamped 1479, but
appearing in the catalog as a 14773) looks terrific, with its whammy
handle intact, shiny chrome, and little wear to speak of. Frankly, I'm
surprised it didn't go for more.
Harmony SBEG w/ OC E <$465 Clean, minimal
wear, logo strong, pickup selector 'finicky'
How about this nice example of an early 1448? Black dome ribbed
knobs, strip tuners, two-screw neck attach... it's all there!
Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $375
Clean, light wear, logo strong, NS knob on amp, bridge could stand a
cleaning. Relisted on 4/16 with a mysterious caveat: "Customer return -
after 7th fret, it malfunctions." Went for just $220 this time.
Dano tube amp F <$300 Covering is rough,
logo emblem missing, control face shows wear, stamping indicates 1958
build, tremolo non-functional, NS tubes, seller says "This
recapped, so the net effect is that it pops and sizzles and buzzes and
it does not operate at full efficiency."
FTAC VG $284 Needs a cleaning, light wear,
'wind chime' logo strong, tuner buttons deteriorated away, stamped L6865
Harmony FTAC E $118
Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, orig. box incl., stamped S-67, serial
Dano SSEG body/pickguard only $150 Neck
tilt screw and ferrule also present
So... April is 'National Guitar Month,' eh? It's also Foot Health Awareness Month, Frog Month, Garden Month,
Home Inspection Month, Humor Month, Keep America Beautiful Month, Kite
Flying Month, Poetry Month, and Welding Month, among other things.
We'll just stick with the guitars, OK?
I reckon if Kay had designed these guitars like this from the
get-go, Gibson might have shut 'em down. Here's a beautiful
're-imagining' of the Silvertone 620, looking more 'Jumbo' than ever:
FTAC MOD $305 Clean, top refinished, new
pickguard, logo strong, block markers look good, new tuners, new bridge,
Shadow NanoFlex electronics/pickup/tailpin jack added
A rare bird from our friends at Kay; a maroon-logo'd Aristocrat...
Kat FHAC w/ OC VG $307 Clean, light wear,
'thick script' logo strong, pickguard legend and border looks good,
seller says "Neck
kind of wiggles when moved back and forth."
Can't believe this rare all-mahogany 623 and a seldom-seen 1214
both went for less than eighty bucks!
Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG $355 Clean, light
wear, chrome shiny, 'thin script' logo strong, some edge wear along back
1417 Dano SSEG w/ OC VG $492
Clean, logo intact, refinished (originally copper), all knobs missing
Valco tube amp VG $499 Clean, light wear,
logo looks great, grille shows very light scuffing, control face legends
slightly worn at low end of Volume circle
Dano tube amp VG $650 Clean, light wear,
reverb functional, tremolo not working, NS Groove Tube power tubes,
speaker stamping indicates 1963 build making this one of the last ones
1232 MIJ FTAC Classical E
$80 Clean, minimal wear, soundhole decoration and label look
good, seller says "This is far
better quality than any of the US made Silvertones. Most Silvertones
were student instruments and have sufferedthe
miss handling of students for more than 40 years."
Teisco SBEG with solid state ampinguitar VG $173
Clean, light wear, logo has some wear, some oxidation to metal parts,
tuner ferrules cracked, battery door missing, internal amp not working
Just because it's National Guitar Month, I thought I'd
share this Teisco-branded TWO-pickup whammy'd
TRG-2L (that's as close as I can get, actually... I've never
seen one exactly like this, with the brownburst body and the one-piece
pickguard). Look at that chrome! With the amp untested, and the
whammy handle and battery cover missing, it sold for $255.
Wonder if someone tried a 'Pete Townshend' on this poor,
Dano SSEG body only $19 Cracked at neck
Here's Some April Foolin' from
Google that came today in my statistics report from Google Analytics,
and then one I cobbled together for our
Facebook page. BTW, if you have a website,
Google Analytics is a
No foolin' on these three guitars that sold today, though!
Harmony w/ OC SBEG VG $511 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, middle pickup not working, 'seat belts' still in
case, pickup assembly stamped October 1965
Harmony SBEG w/ OC VG $465 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, non-whammy version (pre-'66)
Harmony SBEG w/ OC VG $1000 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, Bigsby intact, stencil/marker inside case
Make sure to visit Spring
Pt. 1 2014,
as we rolled into the new
season for our continuing spotlight on 1964 memories, and of course, lots of great Silvertonium...
/ 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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