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'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.
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