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Cosmetically, I'd give this 1481 an excellent rating. Function-wise, we'll have to take a pass, because the 6X4 tube is apparently missing!

1481 Dano tube amp E $297 Clean, minimal wear, one of the nicest I've seen, cabinet stamping indicates early 1964 build, seller says "tubes light up, but we have no way to test it"



1448 Dano tube ampcase only $50 Needs a cleaning, some edge/surface wear to case covering, seller says "amp worked until a recent drop which killed the tubes"


1/29

Middle of the Week Slump alleviated by a nice Teisco-made 'Starship' 1436 and a pocketful of 1448s!

1436 Tesico MIJ SBEG w/ C VG $335 Needs a cleaning, light wear, logo tag looks good, slight neck bow, scratchy pots, jack needs attention, (2) NS tuners



1448 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $389 Clean, logo worn, light edge wear, last of the strip tuner spec'd models with three screw neck attach and neck tilt



1448 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $262 Needs a cleaning, light wear, logo strong


1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $465 Clean, some edge wear, logo strong, transitional model: triangle inserts to amp and guitar knobs, oval-buttoned strip tuners, 3-screw neck attach, neck tilt


1423 Harmony SSEG w/ C G $539 Needs a cleaning, wear all over, fingerboard worn, checking, bubbling, some flaking, stress cracks at jack, logo worn, mismatched NS tuners, NS selector switch, scratchy pots, endpin broken off



604
Harmony FTAC w/ OC G $69 Clean, light wear, repaired damaged on back lower bout, nut needs replacing, rust to tuner plates, logo strong, original cord 'strap' incl.


1466 Dano Solid State amp only VG $125 Clean, light wear,  some staining to control face, 1/4" jack mod


1482 Dano Tube amp VG $422 Clean, light wear, NS knobs, 3-prong AC mod, NS back panel, NS feet, looks like some caster 'prints' on bottom, trem functional, no footswitch, cabinet stamping indicates late 1966 build


1482 Dano footswitch $111 Cleaned and polished


1465 Dano footswitch $41


1/27

An Incredible Haul of Silvertonium
up from the mines over the past few days. Trio of stunners to start out with; first, a beautiful 1476... then a terrific 1425... then a long, lean 1443! And after that, even more! Dig in!

1476 Harmony SBEG w/ OC E $495 Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, all chrome shiny



1425 Kay HBEG w/ OC E <$975 Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, beautiful grain to back



1443 Dano SBEG Bass VG $610 Clean, some edge wear/dings, buckle rash, logo intact, bridge cover missing



1441 Univox MIJ SBEG VG <$500 Clean, light wear, whammy arm present, bridge cover present(!), late-era 'block' logo strong, some checking near neck pocket




1491 Dano SBEG Bass VG $265 Clean, light wear, 'Space Dot' missing, some checking on back, thumb rest missing



1324 Harmony HBEG VG $275 Clean, light wear, 'deco' logo strong, small ding on treble lower bout, seller says "there are bare wires that need replacing"



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $361 Clean, some edge wear, logo strong, date stamping indicates late 1965 build


1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $250 Clean, light wear, logo strong, NS knob on amp, case missing handle, early version of this guitar with round-buttoned strip tuner, two-screw neck attach and no neck tilit, black dome knobs, and rare 'star' pattern sidewalls



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $406 Clean, light wear, ding on back of neck, some finish flaking at neck/body joint, some adhesive seep to knob inserts, sidewalls dingy, bridge improperly installed, case hardware covering and grille in great shape, date stamping indicates Spring 1964 build




1448 Dano tube ampincase only VG $189 Clean, grille looks good, light edge/corner wear, some rubs to inner lining,  orig. cord and 'cord keeper' incl.



Some amps don't fare so well...

1482 Dano Tube amp F <$245 Needs a cleaning, control face shows stains/oxidation, grille stained, handle captures rusty, cover worn, innards rusty, speaker blown, tested functional with outboard speaker, tremolo does not work, pots scratchy, cabinet stamping indicates 1967 build


1448 Dano tube ampincase only <$140 Liner worn, amp chassis loose, wear to covering, grille looks good, does not power up


1485 Dano tube amp only $380 Needs help. Front face rusty, pilot light bezel & bulb missing, (2) tubes missing, DYMO labels on chassis, untested




Harmonious axes coming your way...

1423 Harmony SSEG w/ C VG $400 Clean, light wear, logo intact, dime-size ding on back, pickguard printing strong, orig. cord & care/warranty manual incl.




OK, I've never seen a whammy setup like this one!

1423 Harmony SSEG MOD $800 Clean, NS tailpiece, NS logo, NS bridge, faux MOP dots to pickguard, pickguard print strong



1477 Harmony SBEG VG $227 Clean, edge wear to headstock, high 'E' tuner post missing,  wear, logo strong, whammy handle present, pickguard broken at lead pickup



1478 Harmony SBEG w/ OC VG <$400 Needs a cleaning, light wear, a couple of small dings, logo strong, strap buttons missing. case still has 'safety belt'



1454 Harmony HBEG G $571 Clean, some wear/flaking, logo nearly worn away, all knobs missing, (1) pot shaft broken, frets worn, NS truss rod cover, NS tailpiece, NS bridge, pickup stamping March 1965, serial #6821H1454



1320 Harmony HBEG F $300 Clean, edge/surface wear, 'deco' logo strong, pickguard missing, tone control disconnected, neck bowed, back shows significant wear


1348 Harmony HBEG VG <$978 Clean, some edge/surface wear, logo laminate looks good



600 Series harmony FTAC F $159 Edge/surface wear, logo strong, neck needs re-set




Now for some quality time with Kay...

658 Kay FHAC G $125 Clean, edge/surface wear, logo strong, neck separating, pickguard missing, block markers indicate pre-66 build



Haven't seen one of these in a while...

1445 Kay SSEG VG $395 Clean, light wear, logo strong, pickguard missing, tuners show some rust, (1) knob missing



661 Kay FTAC 4-string Tenor VG $200 Clean, light wear, logo strong, some pickguard warp due to shrinkage, some edge wear/flaking on back bottom edge, stamped L2333 / 661



1445 Kay SSEG neck only <$159 Logo strong, truss rod cover in place, markers look good



My favorite Silvertone uke! I'll have my own one day...

852 Harmony Ukulele VG $48 Clean, light wear, logo and stencil strong


 

 

1/23

The Revived Silvertone Brand
has been bringing some great updates to our old favorites. Yesterday I told you about the new 604 reissue, and later that evening, Silvertone dropped an interesting photo on their Facebook page from this week's NAMM show. I've grabbed/edited a few of the all-new acoustic beauties lurking in that photo for you to check out:

Looks like some 600/1200 Series reissues...


...and the resurrection of the popular 'Sovereign'-based jumbo dreadnought as well!


Premiere Guitars dropped a nice photo over on Twitter...





Specs on this 'Jumbo' reissue: Specs: Jumbo Dreadnought body, Solid Engelmann Spruce top, X-style bracing, Mahogany back and sides, C-shape Nato Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard (12” radius), Nut width 1 11/16”, 19 fret, 25 1/2”scale, Dot inlay, Ivory single ply binding, Tortoise pick guard, Chrome sealed tuners, Rosewood bridge. There will also be an 'E' model with on-board electronics.

Also, on the electric side, the new REDBURST 1423 reissue with re-designed pickups...


More details as they become available...



1410 Teisco MIJ SBEG VG $140 Clean, some wear, some checking, 1" ding near endpin, logo strong, whammy arm missing, recently serviced



1484 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG <$600 Clean, light wear, paint drip on cab, NS JJ 6L6 tubes, NS casters, rev functional/trem unmentioned, cabinet stamping indicates late 1966 build




Another modified 618? Two in a row!

618 Kay FHACw/ C MOD $165 Clean, wear, checking, flaking, logo strong, NS electronics with DeArmond 'moustache' pickup, NS tuners, NS bone nut




Wow, these 1294s are comin' out of the woodwork! Third one this month!

1294 Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $110 Clean, light wear, light oxidation to tailpiece, SSN carved into neck at headstock,  'Space Dot' and soundhole decoration strong, stamped F-70



1/22

I Love My Silvertone 643, but I've always wanted one of these early 'round bottomed' examples of the 600 series.

602 Harmony FTAC w/ C  VG $150 Clean, light wear, 'deco' logo strong, NS bridge





Some cool news from this season's NAMM and our friends at SilvertoneClassic.com, the first acoustic guitar of the historical reissue series:



Here's the specs on this 'parlor' beauty: Solid Engelmann Spruce top, X-style bracing, Mahogany back and sides, C-shape Nato Mahogany neck, Rosewood fingerboard (12” radius), Nut width 1 11/16”, 19 fret, 25”scale, Dot inlay, Ivory single ply binding, Ivory pick guard, Chrome sealed tuners, Rosewood bridge. There will also be a 604E with on-board electronics.

Here's the inspiration...

604 Harmony FTAC G $81 Clean, edge wear, some checking, logo strong but worn at second 'e'



623 Harmony FHAC G <$175 Clean, light wear, some back separation near neck joint and bottom back, endpin missing, logo strong, pickguard missing, serial #2027H623



1465 Dano Solid State amp only VG $200 Needs a good cleaning, light wear, some oxidation, 1/4" jack mod, rev/trem functional, no footswitch



2574 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp w/ OC E $100 Clean, minimal wear, record/manual/picks/tuning wrench incl.



1484 / 1485 Dano footswitch $202 Cleaned and polished, tested functional


1457 Dano SSEG body only $99


1457 Dano SSEG body only $85 Nut and tuner ferrules present, date stamped 51st week of 1956, looks like head has been cracked/repaired


 

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A Rare Amp in a Sad State... well, it looks pretty good, anyway...

1344 Dano tube amp $230 Needs a good cleaning, handle broken, some corner/surface wear, logo strong, does not work, stapled-on schematic intact




615 Harmony FTAC G $69 Clean, some edge wear, a few scratches, endpin broken off, light rust to tuner plates, some sticker residue on pickguard, logo strong, serial #268H615


1484 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet MOD $1225 Clean, light wear, rev/trem functional, speaker baffle reinforced, 1/4" jack mod on head and cab, re-tubed, re-capped, bias adjusted, 3-prong AC mod




A rare look under the hood of this otherwise sad 1456....

1456 Teisco MIJ HBEG $77 Clean, light wear, prismatic 'Space Dot' looks good, oxidation/pitting to most metal parts, pickup mounting rings broken, back cracked, whammy complete, screw crack in pickguard near jack, high action, electronics need some attention; "just buzzes when plugged in"



1457 Dano SSEG only $411 Some assembly required


UNK Kay FHAC body/neck $165 Unusual scalloped headstock, neck poorly re-set

 


 

1/20

A Couple of Nice Flattops to start out our Silvertonium reporting today.

615 Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $120 Clean, light wear, a few scratches, logo strong



641 Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $48 Clean, light wear, may be a burn on treble upper bout, logo strong, rust to tuner plates, wear to fretboard in 'cowboy chord' area




The headstock on this 'Aristocrat' has been changed enough that I can't quite tell which model this is...

1365 or 1371 Kay HBEG w/ OC G $250 Clean, light wear, headstock modified, NS bridge platform, NS tuners, neck binding missing, knobs and pickguard painted, neck 'repaired' at some point



1482 Dano Tube amp VG <$415 Clean, some corner wear,  light stain on grille, cabinet stamping indicates October 1966 build, signed by 'Bob Somebody' on the back, tremolo unmentioned but seller says "tested and appears to work well," no footswitch


1481 Dano tube amp VG $250 Clean, light wear, small covering tear on front right bottom corner


1471 Dano tube amp E $281 Clean, minimal wear, cabinet stamping indicates Summer 1962 build




The above amp was bought together with this next guitar at Sears back in the day... kinda sad to see 'em split up...



1420 Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG $510 Clean, light wear, logo strong



604 Harmony FTAC w/ OC P $30 Needs a cleaning, plenty of wear, checking, neck pulling, bridge lifting, stamped F-65, something "loose inside the body," logo strong, and I really don't know what's going on there at the missing 'E' tuner... Oh, yeah... seller says "may need new strings."



1446 Harmony HBEG body/neck $250 Capt. Zig-Zag carved into headstock


1482 Dano footswitch $202 Cleaned and polished



1/19

Did Someone Say 'Amp In Case?'

Let's start off today's slew of 1448s with a super-rare early WHITE-knobbed example!

1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG <$500 Clean, light wear, some rubbing of ampcase liner, early model with triangle-insert knobs, round-buttoned strip tuners and two-screw neck attach and no neck tilt, speaker stamping indicates 1962 build




And another early 1448, with the rare 'star' pattern sidewalls!

1448 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $265 Clean, light wear, logo strong, pickup cover split on treble side, 'star' sidewalls,  early model with triangle-insert knobs, round-buttoned strip tuners and two-screw neck attach and no neck tilt



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $429 Clean, light  wear, logo strong, light sidewall case rub, grille clean, light rust to case clasps



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $305 Clean, light wear, logo strong, 'cord keeper' present, bridge saddle missing, small hole in amp grille, seller says "not used since 1970."



1448 Dano SSEG guitar only G $400 Clean, some wear, knob inserts missing, logo strong, NS tuners, screw crack on treble horn of pickguard, NS saddle, headstock broken/repaired



1448 Dano SSEG guitar only MOD $235 Clean, some surface wear, modified for NS bridge pickup, NS whammy system, NS tuners, NS toggle switch, NS jackplate, bridge pickup re-mounted from front, refretted (seller says 'not a perfect job')



1300 Dano SSEG VG $1149 Could use a cleaning, logo worn, some surface wear, fretboard grunge, screw at top of cutaway, NS tuners swapped back for correct (holes open, old tuner pattern evident)



1487 Teisco MIJ SBEG with solid state ampinguitar G $356 Could use a cleaning, surface wear, logo worn nearly away, 'SILVER TONE' sticker missing, amp non-functional, tuners show rust, (1) NS tuner assembly



1457 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $599 Clean, light wear, (1) knob missing, logo strong with some (paint? tape?) residue to headstock, tremolo unmentioned, no footswitch, seller says "Works great!"




There was an amusing argument in the auction about the 'ugly' missing Bigsby on this guitar, mis-ID'd as a 1454.
"The trapeze bridge is also an after market part. It originally had the ugly bigsby tremolo but i have no idea what happened to it."
"DO YOU HAVE THE ORIGINAL TUNERS AND BIGSBY TREMOLO. THE BIGSBY TREMOLO IS FAR FROM BEING UGLY AND IS 1000 TIMES BETTER THAN WHAT IS ON THERE NOW. YOU SHOULD NEVER CHANGE AN ORIGINAL VINTAGE GUITAR UNLESS YOU PLAN TO KEEP IT YOURSELF FOR LIFE!!! ORIGINALITY MEANS EVERYTHING ON THOSE OLD GUITARS."

1429 Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $748 Clean, light wear, logo intact, NS bridge/tailpiece/tuners, light checking



Just so you know, 1429s never had a Bigsby...


1484 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $680 Clean, light wear, logo/labeling painted over with black on front face, (1) knob missing insert, cabinet stamping indicates March 1966 build, rev/trem functional, footswitch incl.



1484 Dano tube amp only $278 Plenty of wear, plenty of rust/oxidation, untested



1464 Dano Solid State amp and speaker cabinet F $276 Could use a cleaning, wear and water damage to cab, less  wear to amp,  rust to jack nuts/washers, NS Celestion speakers, 'L' brackets holding one corner of cab together, seller says "amp sounds great."



1432 Dano tube amp VG $405 Clean, light corner wear, 'V' logo emblem looks good, grille shows light discoloration, rust to jack nuts/washers, handle edges show light wear, 3-prong AC mod, tremolo unmentioned but seller says "great working condition," cabinet stamping indicates March 1959 build



1448 Dano tube ampincase only VG $173 Clean, light wear, logo strong, NS speaker, adhesive seep to knob



615 Harmony FTAC G $115 Clean, edge wear/scratches, some checking, logo strong, pickguard missing


1294 Harmony FTAC VG $140 Clean, light wear, 'Space Dot' and soundhole decoration strong, stamped F-70



1294 Harmony FTAC w/ OC   VG $78 Clean, light wear, 'Space Dot' and soundhole decoration strong




Taking 'Silvertone Shame' to new heights...

1463 Dano solid state amp only MOD $41 Control face painted flat black, 3-prong AC mod, 1/4" jack mod


...and a relatively unmolested example...

1463 Dano solid state amp only MOD $129 Clean, light wear, 3-prong AC mod, 1/4" jack mod, recently serviced




We'll give the logo an 'A' for effort!

UNK Kay FHAC w/ C MOD $200 Refinished in shiny red with edge stripes, 'deco' logo handpainted, NS tuners



618 Kay FHACw/ C MOD <$525 Clean, wear, checking, flaking, logo strong (looks like it was covered at some point), NS P90 pickup/electronics, currently strung left-handed



13XX Kay HBEG pickguard <$99 'S' and trim line faded, bracket and (1) screw incl.



This entire guitar sold in December for $299... looks like it's bein' parted out...

1457 Dano SSEG body only $75 Cow spots on sidewalls


1417 Dano SSEG body only $156 Refinished blue, date stamping indicates July 1960 build

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Wow. Some things just come along and make your jaw drop. This funkily reconfigured fire engine red 1448 did that for me today.

1448 Dano SSEG guitar only MOD $180 Refinished, NS knobs, NS custom pickguard, logo gone



1425 Kay HBEG w/ OC VG $316 Clean, some edge/surface wear, some finish checking, logo strong, seller says "...the neck itself is straight and the guitar would benefit from a proper neck reset. Also, as a result of steaming off the neck the 11th and 12th frets are not original and could stand to be reseated."



1423 Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG <$900 Clean, light wear, logo intact, pickguard printing strong, some playing wear at top of neck, some scratchiness to pots



1320 Harmony HBEG w/ OC G $332 Clean, playing wear to top bass side, crack over f-hole bass side, pickguard missing, 'deco' logo strong, stamped F-53-E



657 Harmony FTAC Classical w/ OC G $82 Looks good enough in limited photos, serial #3303H657



Built in the 40th week of 1963, this fine 1482 was one of the last of this model to roll off the Dano line.

1472 Dano tube amp VG <$435 Clean, some corner and edge wear to covering, 'tremolo' spelled properly on control face, date stamp indicates October 1963  build, no footswitch, tremolo unmentioned but seller says "...tested and appears to work well."


The auction above had a nice shot of the 1472 along with its successor, the 1482; check it out.



Branded as an organ amp, this leggy oh-so-60s beauty was also paired with the 'Value Leader'-derived 1458 guitar.

4707 Tube Organ Amplifier $249 Wear to finish, grille needs some attention, back missing, operational but vibrato status uncertain



1482 Dano Tube amp speaker only $10 Seller says "I haven't hooked it up in years, sold as-is." Dano factory build stamped 30th week of 1965



Coulda come from a Silvertone... Harmony... Holiday... anyway, we rarely get to see the workings of these ubiquitous devices, so here ya go!

1750 Harmony Tremolo/Tailpiece assembly <$60 Clean, screws included, seller says "removed from a working guitar"



1965 Harmony Catalog Whammy Family:

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1454 Harmony HBEG w/ OC E <$1000 Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, beautiful grain, serial #4039H1454



1455 Teisco MIJ HBEG VG $450 Clean, light wear, light checking, logo strong, whamy bar present, bridge cover missing




Have you noticed these 604 prices are all over the place lately?

604 Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $50 Clean, light wear, logo strong, rust to tuner plates, serial #1122H604


602 Harmony FTAC G $61 Clean, light wear, some fingerboard wear, some checking, logo strong, hole drilled in heel, 'D' tuner bent, light rust to tuner plates


1445 Kay SSEG VG $265 Clean, pickguard missing, logo strong, can't tell much from single auction photo


1484 Dano tube amp only VG <$388 Clean, light wear, footswitch incl., rev/trem functional, speaker leads cut


1484 Dano tube amp only $250 Clean, light wear, seller says "I used this amp head for the last 6 months. I took the tubes out and put them back in. I believe I put one of the tubes in wrong and the power supply burnt out. The tone was amazing before it stopped."


1483 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $539 Clean, light wear, some rust to control face, cabinet logo missing, pots ' a little' scratchy


1481 Dano tube amp VG $246 Clean, light wear, light oxidation to chassis, small discoloration area to grille, logoplate looks good,  small stain on back panel, some adhesive seep to knobs


1481 Dano tube amp VG $144 Clean, light wear, light scratching swirls to chassis, knobs show light adhesive seep, no back cover, date stamping indicates early 1966 build


1391 Dano tube amp G $250 Clean, light wear, homemade back panel, logoplate shows a little tarnish, control face on back has light scratching, NS NOS 6AU6, NS Jensen speaker, seller says operational, but "could use a little bench work"


805 Kay Banjo VG $250 Clean, light wear, logo strong, armrest missing, new head/strings


758 Kay 'Venetian' Mandolin VG $ <$329 Clean, light wear, fretboard dry/faded, logo strong, pickguard missing


660 Kay FTAC Classical F $49 Surface wear, inside label intact, NS tailpiece, neck is separating from body



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1482
Dano Tube amp VG $430 Clean, light wear, control face shows light oxidation, 3-prong AC mod, a few caps replaced, tremolo functional, microphone channel disabled, footswitch incl.


606 Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $71 Clean, light wear, logo strong, stamped F-67, warranty/car pamphlet and vintage Mel Bay instructional books incl.


625 Harmony FTAC G $56 Clean, light wear, some finish checking, logo strong, bridge cracked / worn /  screws missing



619 Kay FHAC G $103 Clean, light wear, NS tuners, seller says "neck could use a re-set"


1484 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG <$750 Clean, light wear, grille and logoplate look good, rev/trem functional, 3-prong AC mod



1/11

Seldom-seen Acoustic Guitars
are part of our first ups today, one from the earliest days of the Silvertone name being applied to guitars, and the next from when the name was abandoned by Sears. The first, a relative of the 291 'Crest' model (they share the diamond-dotted necks), and one of the last archtops available before Sears' guitar drought during World War II, the 710.

710
Kay FHAC VG $420 Clean, playing wear, some checking, rust to tuner plates, 'wind chime' logo shows light wear




Sears began its abandonment of the Silvertone trademark around 1969. The name hung around until 1972 or so, as there was a lot of stock with that name applied in the warehouses. This 1209 model was one of the first 'Space Dot' branded guitars, even though it's been removed from this example.

1209 Harmony FTAC VG $40 Clean, light wear, 'Space Dot' logo gone



604
Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $170 Clean, light wear, some flaking, logo strong, stamped F-64


216 Harmony FTAC G $100 Clean, tuner buttons crumbling, light wear, no logo, stencil and 'autograph' strong, some cracks front and back


From 1942:


Just for fun, here's EMENEE's plastic four-string 'Gene Autry' model:


623 Harmony FHAC MOD $179 Clean, light wear, some edge flaking on back, light buckle rash, NS pickguard, painted markers replaced with faux MOP, stamped S-61-HB, serial #2826H623




The silkscreened model number on the back of the headstock pegs this as one of the last 619 archtops out the door, somewhere around mid-1968.

619 Kay FHAC w/ OC G $56 Clean, light wear, finish checking, neck needs re-set, logo strong, pickguard mismounted, nut broken at low 'E'



1455 Teisco MIJ HBEG w/ C VG $375 Clean, light wear, logo strong, whammy bar present



1413 Kay SBEG VG $280 Clean, light wear, logo strong



Stop the presses! A Kay guitar with the actual model number stamped inside!

618 Kay FHAC MOD $146 Clean, some water damage and binding loss on bottom, some finish flaking, logo strong, NS electronics, neck has been re-set, owl sticker



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $700 Clean, light  wear, light case rub to sidewalls, logo strong, some grille and covering wear to ampcase, original cord incl.



1448 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $325 Clean, light wear, logo strong, last of the strip tuner version with 3-screw neck attach & neck tilt



1484 Dano tube amp only VG $388 Covering painted black, light wear, control face clean, 1/4" output jack mod, slight overspray on back bottom chassis, rev/trem unmentioned, seller says "Just redone."



1421(5800) Sears Solid State amp VG $84 Clean, light wear, amusing 'silvertone' sticker


1474 Dano tube amp chassis only <$250 No knobs, new pair of 6L6 and all other tubes incl., rev/trem do not work, 3-prong AC mod



853 Harmony Ukulele MOD $26 Clean, recently repaired/refinished/refurbished, chips to top, logo strong

 

1/10

We Certainly Love Our Old Instruments,
but archaeologists recently unearthed an extremely vintage stringed instrument on a dig in China. It's a se, a multi-bridge, many-stringed plucked zither, and it's in great shape, especially for a 3,000 or so year-old wooden instrument. Looks like it needs a new set of strings...


I couldn't find any se videos, but big this "Sweet Child O' Mine" cover...


...and something a little more traditional...



Alright... history lesson over, on to some Silvertonium!

1316 / 1433
Harmony Lap steel and Dano amp VG $650 Clean, light wear to guitar surface, logo strong, amp has NS knobs, flying V looks great, NS knobs to amp



1484 Dano speaker cabinet only VG $375 Clean, some edge wear, cabinet/speaker stamping indicates July 1965 build



853 Harmony Ukulele G $30 Clean, playing wear, logo strong


1457 Dano SSEG neck only $99 Tuners/nut/ferrules present, logo strong, date stamped early 1965


1457 Dano SSEG neck only $85 Wear/flaking, nut and ferrules present, no tuners, date stamped October 1964



1/9

1478 Harmony SBEG G $375 Clean, some edge/surface wear, some flaking, logo shows wear, neck wear, recently 'refurbed,' NS whammy arm, NS bridge, dated June 1964



653 Kay FHAC $155 Finish faded, finish checking and wear all over, logo strong, neck loose, lamination peeled/broken on back, unplayable in its current state, stamped L1176 5520



The most exciting thing about the sad-sack 'Blue' above was the empirical evidence (courtesy of that skewed bridge) that the green finish we often see on these guitars is indeed a UV exposure or otherwise environmentally-induced fade, and not a different paint formulation. See the area at the tip of the 'V' area that was covered by the bridge? Standard issue 'Kentucky Blue' color! Also, thanks to the bridge-induced scraping of the finish, we can also see that the entire guitar was 'shot' blue, then the white applied.



1421 Sears tube amp E $299 Clean, minimal wear, (1) small hole in grille, original vinyl cover incl., footswitch incl., trem not mentioned, but seller says "All works very well and sounds awesome."



1484 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet G $300 Could use a good cleaning, oxidation to control face, speaker cab shows significant wear, tested working, rev/trem unmentioned, no footswitch


 

1/8

Elvis 80th Birthday? My, how time flies! I've never been able to find a picture of EP holding or playing a Silvertone, try as I might. There is a famous photo of him from 1958, though, with a 6-string Dano bass at Nashville's Studio B. The Nashville guys loved the 'tic tac' sound of this bass, identical (save for the branding) to the Sears-sold Silvertone 1373.



From The King to an Aristocrat... check this beautiful 670!

670
Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $899 Clean, light wear, logo laminate in good shape, pickguard design strong, NS bridge




605
Harmony FTAC G $80 Clean, surface/edge wear, 'deco' logo strong, crack in middle of back, buckle rash


619 Kay FHAC w/ C MOD $208 Clean, light wear, some edge flaking, logo strong, modded pickguard, NS tuners, NS electronics, scratchy pots



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $363 Clean, light wear, logo strong, amp output low, frets crowned/dressed


1457 Dano tube ampcase only VG $335 Clean, some corner wear, no footswitch

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1423 Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG $1499 Clean, light wear, logo intact



1482 Dano tube amp $306 Clean, light wear, some staining/scratching to control face & knobs, rust to speaker cage, cabinet stamping indicates 1964 build, from seller: "amp does not power on; keeps blowing fuses"


1484 Dano tube amp only $505 Can't tell much from the dark photos, seller says "This is a clean and sonically pleasing Silvertone Head. The auction is for the head only. Both the trem and reverb sound great. The plug has been changed to a grounded three prong and the single 2 ohm out has been changed to two 4 ohm outs. Couple this with vintage bugle boy, RCA & Silvertone tubes and you have the dream 1484 head."



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Our First Aristocrat of the Year, and it's a nice one!

676 Kay FHAC w/ C VG $<1225 Clean, light wear, logo laminate in good shape, pickguard legend strong, neck re-set, new bone nut




Did you know that the Silvertone World page for the 604 is our most visited guitar page? It's true!

604 Harmony FTAC w/ C G $57 Clean, some edge wear, logo strong, top split below bridge on bottom treble side



This is either a custom job or a mod... unfortunately, the pickup year date stamped was rubbed off. I'm going with the mod.

1454 Harmony HBEG MOD $960 Clean, some edge wear, scratch on back,  logo strong, NS 'toaster' pickups installed, guitar stamped S-66



1448 Dano SSEG guitar only G $389 Clean, some glitter rub-off, pickguard edge wear, fret wear, logo strong, some rust to tuner keys, tone knob insert missing, pickup cover split, wear to pickup chrome, NS strap button


1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase G $369 Clean, light wear, logo strong with light wear at 'S,' rust to case clasps and some corner wear, NS speaker, guitar knob inserts dirty/worn, amp 'lights up but does not work'


1457 Dano SSEG guitar only MOD $300 Clean, light wear, logo strong, nut slot and back drilled for different nut/bridge then restored to original, replacement pickguard, pots need some attention, replacement selector switch



1422 Sears tube amp G $350 Clean, light wear, some scratching around inputs and power light, small hole in grille, NS speaker (original incl.), re-capped, 3-prong AC mod, trem works/rev doesn't, footswitch incl.


1255 MIJ Ukulele VG $43 Clean, light wear, block logo strong, inner label looks good, original box incl.


1441 Rowe/DeArmond Pickup Assembly $173 Clean, shiny, cord spliced, untested, selector switch top broken, dated June 1965


1457 Dano SSEG guitar body only $75


1319 Harmony Lap Steel G $256 Clean, edge/surface wear, 'deco' logo strong, frets numbered in pencil


1319 Harmony Lap Steel G $275 Clean, edge/surface wear, 'deco' logo shows some wear, some finish flaking, fret marker board broken bass side bottom

 

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Happy New Year, Silvertonians! Thanks for all your support this past year, and we're looking for 2015 to be even bigger and better here in Silvertone World!

The first Silvertonium off the auction block this year was a lovely piece that went for a pretty good chunk of kala.

852 Harmony Ukulele E $220 Clean, minimal wear, logo  and design strong, 1950 sheet music for "(If I Knew You Were Comin') I'd Have Baked A Cake" incl.




 



And the last bit of Silvertonium for 2014 went for a pretty penny, too!

1448 Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG <$585 Clean, light wear, logo strong, cabinet stamping indicates late 1966 build, making this one of the last 1448s sold


Check out this all new page for the famous 'Kentucky Blue!'

 

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Make sure to visit  Winter 2014 #2 , filled with amazing Silvertonium, and our final dispatches from 1964!

MODEL # / MANUFACTURER / INSTRUMENT TYPE / CONDITION / PRICE / NOTES

Abbreviations: M-Mint, NM - Near Mint, E- Excellent, VG- Very Good, G- Good , F-Fair, P-Poor, NS- Non-Stock, 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 not.

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 date specified.

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