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Spring 2015  
  

3/30

Serendipity, Thy Name is Silvertone! We saw the identity-changed 1459 a couple of days ago, and here we are with the amp that was disguised to make it. I've always loved this era of Silvertone amp design, a little space-agey, and the top-mount controls made 'em practical players.

1432 Dano tube amp G $332 Clean, light wear, handle in good shape, grille damage to corner edge, 'V' logo shows light corrosion, footswitch incl., stamping indicates 1959 build, seller says "tremolo is there but faint and amp is scratchy with it switched on"



1485 Harmony HBEG G $1000 Clean, some surface/edge wear, logo nearly worn away, stress crack at jack, NS bridge, binding yellowed, rust to neck screws and Bigsby handle pivot, pickguard missing, (1) knob missing





Extreeeeeemely rare amp.. whoever bought this thing, send me some better photos!

1335 Dano tube amp G $305 Clean, covering shows wear, logoplate worn, grille looks good, handle missing, control face in good shape, tremolo does not work




1421 Harmony SSEG $200 Clean, some edge/surface wear, finish near jack in bad shape, jack repaired, some finish checking, neck shows playing wear, logo strong but scratched at 'l v', NS knobs, stamped S-61, seller says "Needs work. When plugged it makes loud hum."



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase MOD $315 Clean, light wear, logo strong, all knob inserts dirty, NS bridge & tailpiece, grille pushed in at speaker, amp panel needs cleaning, case hardware rusty, early example; triangle knob inserts, oval-buttoned strip tuners, two-screw neck attach and no neck-tilt mechanism



1304 Dano SSEG w/ OC MOD $400 Refinished, sidewalls missing or painted over, logo strong, NS cavity cover, pickguard missing



1455 Teisco MIJ HBEG w/ C VG $340 Clean, light wear, logo strong, whammy handle present



1227 Harmony FTAC 12-string w/ C VG $114 Clean, light wear, 'Space Dot' looks good, stamped F-72



1481 Dano tube amp VG $203 Clean, some corner wear, back panel missing, logoplate strong w/ light wear on border, adhesive seep to knob inserts, stamping indicates 1966 build



1481 Dano tube amp VG $205 Clean, light wear, logoplate tarnished, 1/4" ext. speaker jack mod on back panel, light rust to handle captures, stamping indicates 1966 build



1484 Dano tube amp only $400 Light wear, some oxidation to front panel, (1) knob chipped, rev/trem functional, no footswitch, not much detail in limited photos


1484 Dano speaker cabinet only VG <$499 Clean, light wear, small stain on top, NS casters, logoplate clean, grille looks good, speaker lead has 1/4" jack added, stamping indicates 1966 build



1457 Dano SSEG neck $31 Headstock broken, nut present, neck tilt 'button' present, logo strong, date stamping indicates early 1965 build


1457 Dano SSEG neck $103 Replacement nut, refinished, NS tuners




3/27

1479 on the Headstock, 14773 in the Catalog. That was the 'gold foil' end-of-the-line version of the 1477. Here's one up today that has the teeny knobs of the 'classic' 1477. I'm wondering... did a previous owner think those big honkin' knobs of the 14773 were wrong, and replaced 'em with what he thought were the 'right' knobs?

1477(3) Harmony SBEG VG $495 Clean, some surface and edge wear and a few dings, logo strong, whammy handle present, NS knobs, rust to tuner plate



1452 Dano SBEG only MOD $275 Clean, light wear, logo strong, trem cavity has a pice of oak plugging it, custom pickguard, Seymour Duncan SLS-1 pickup, custom machined bridge, NS tuners, new wiring harness, needs knobs



653 Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $485 Clean, light wear, logo strong, light checking, stamped L9939 N-2



1296 Harmony FTAC VG $60 Needs a cleaning, light wear, block logo strong, chrome shiny

 



1481 Dano tube amp E $190 Clean, minimal wear to covering, light wear to amp chassis, adhesive seep to knob inserts, logoplate and grille look good, handle captures shiny



1483 Dano tube amp w/ speaker cabinet VG $394 Clean, light wear, light grille staining, speaker baffle reinforced w/ plywood panels, channel two bass knob rim chipped,  1/4" speaker jack mod, back panel re-covered, cabinet stamping indicates 1965 builld



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase G $305 Needs a cleaning, logo worn at 'S,' checking and flaking, case worn w/ grille stains, (1) knob insert missing, bridge screws corroded badly; looks like the entire kit was kept in a humid environment




1482 Dano Tube am chassis only <$75 No knobs, no tubes, no pots



14XX Dano footswitch $100 Cleaned and polished, functional


1384/5 Harmony HBEG body/neck $277 Logo intact


Pickguard $80 Some cracking, 'S' shows wear, bracket/screws incl.


1384/5 Gibson pickup $158 Came from bridge position


$133 Neck position


Knobs $34



3/25

Rare As Hen's Teeth. However, unlike hen's teeth, these odd woodgrain-stickered black-covered 1459 amps do exist. They were offered with the 'Value Leader'-based 1458  guitar in a combo deal in the 1960 Wish Book. Dano just took a good ol' model 1432, covered it in black 'tolex' instead of the gray of the late-'50s/early '60s 14XX series, then... printed model number and control legends on woodgrain contact paper and stuck 'em on, hiding the existing 1432 info already on the chassis. Most examples you see either show some scratching of the contact paper, and sometimes some slight bubbling. Needless to say, a rare amp.

1459 Dano tube amp VG $460 Clean, light wear, logoplate shiny, some grille 'push' and light staining, tremolo functional, handle worn, no footswitch, tube diagram label looks great, cabinet stamping indicates Summer 1960 build





Here's another one we don't see much of, especially not this pretty... it's the Rare Red-Ringed Harmony-built classical 664! Just wish the seller had taken a full length shot of it!

664 Harmony FTAC Classical w/ OC VG $190 Clean, light wear, small ding on bass back upper bout edge, serial #7362H664



621 Harmony FTAC VG $290 Clean, light wear, logo strong, new bone saddle




1304 Dano SSEG VG $395 Clean, light wear, logo strong, stamping indicates build date of  early 1959



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $370 Clean, light wear, logo strong, back has been monogrammed with stickers, rip in speaker grille, speaker stamping indicates 1965 build, untested other than "all 3 tubes lit up and it hummed"



1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase VG $400 Clean, light wear, logo strong, adhesive seep to knob inserts


1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase $260 Finish flaking off back, seller says "This guitar is in very good condition." We'll just have to take his word, won't we?


1457 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $375 Clean, light wear, logo strong, playing wear to neck, neck pickup cover slightly split

 




I am going to attribute the approaching plethora of parts and pieces to Spring cleaning...

1482 Danofootswitch <$180 Cleaned, functional


1457 Dano amp chassis $50 "Works, but makes a buzz sound," tremolo strength knob damaged, pots dated late 1964, tremolo function unmentioned


1474 Dano tube amp chassis only $154 No tubes, reverb balance knob missing, oxidation to aluminum and pot covers, untested




1484 Dano tube amp only $188 Needs a cleaning, corner wear, rust, (2) knobs missing, (2) tubes missing, untested, seller says "Found this while cleaning out my father's house"



676 Kay FHAC <$325 Poorly refinished at some point, neck lifting, NS bridge, top cracked/repaired, brace loose, neck binding gone, logo laminate and pickguard design strong



1423 Harmony SSEG body/neck $350 Logo gone, no electronics, truss rod cover, tailpiece and nut present



1452 Dano body/pickguard $125 Neck tilt mechanism still present


1448 Dano SSEG body $54 Finish stripped


1449 Dano SSEG body only $68 Neck tilt mechanism still present


Pickgaurd $10


Volume/Tone Network $36


1478 Harmony SBEGbody/neck $160 Routed, stripped, markers lifting, logo barely there



3/24

Archtops? Yeah, we got 'em. Start things off with a mid-50s pair, the 696 and 688 from Kay.

696 Kay FHAC VG $183 Clean, light wear, 'wind chime' logo strong



688 Kay FHAC G $250 Clean, surface wear, buckle rash, pickguard missing, checking all over, tuner buttons shrinking, 'wind chime' logo strong




On to this rare and well-kept 663, needs a new bridge and some attention to the neck, but it's in beautiful cosmetic shape. Check that binding!

663 Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $281 Clean, light wear, 'wind chime' logo strong, needs a new bridge, neck needs re-set, pickguard needs to be screwed into bracket, stamped 663 6384 P4




Now on to some Harmony, and you may remember this 623, it sold for a few dollars less back in February.

623 Harmony FHAC w/ C VG $295 Clean, light wear, NS Harmony-branded pickguard, logo shows slight smudge at 'one,' serial #3037H623



710 Harmony FHAC VG $181 Clean, light wear, 'deco' logo strong, some playing wear to cowboy chord area, stamped F-54

 



OK, time to get electric!

1488 Harmony SBEG w/ C G $550 Clean, edge/surface wear, some flaking, lamination line showing on headstock, logo strong, NS knobs, NS bridge, NS tuners, whammy handle missing



1477 Harmony SBEG w/ C VG $286 Clean, light wear, logo strong, whammy handle present, screw chips to pickguard top and bottom




One of the last guitars to receive the Silvertone brand, this 1412 was always illustrated in its scant catalog appearances as a 'Space Dot.'

1412 Teisco MIJ SBEG G <$300 Clean, some edge/surface wear, heavy checking on back, (1) neck screw missing, whammy handle missing, 'block' logo strong, some oxidation to metal parts



1442 Dano SBEG Bass G $285 Clean, edge/surface wear, some chipping/flaking, checking, logo intact,



1420 Harmony SSEG w/ C VG $330 Could use a cleaning, light wear, logo strong, shiny chrome, selector switch tip missing, playing wear to neck



1304 Dano SSEG G $329 Looks good enough in single photo provided, some surface wear evident, NS knobs, seller says logo "Worn off, but you can still see it."


856 (1256) Harmony Baritone Ukulele w/ OC VG $140 Clean, light wear, logo strong



856 (1256) Harmony Baritone Ukulele w/ OC G $85 Clean, some checking/drying, logo strong


660 Kay FTAC Classical w/ OC G $76 Clean, can't tell much from photos; looks good enough


1319 Harmony Lap Steel G $215 Clean, some edge/surface wear, 'deco' logo strong, some oxidation to chrome, come checking, original integral cord intact




3/23

Astounding. That was the first word that came to mind when I saw this very early non-catalog mid-pickup'd 1448. Then, I was kinda at a loss for words when I saw that the guitar went for just slightly over three hundred dollars, with just three bids placed! Very few of these are 'in the wild' these days, as a very limited number of them were built, before Dano moved the pickup forward a couple of inches, brought on the ribbed cylindrical knobs, and became the familiar 1448 that is the poster child for all that is Silvertone.

1448 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $302 Clean, some edge wear, neck shows playing wear, some glitter rub-off, logo strong, case rub to sidewall lower bout, high 'E' tuner bent, this is the very earliest example of the 1448: black ribbed dome knobs, mid-placed pickup, round-buttoned strip tuners, star-pattern sidewall tape, two-screw neck attach and no neck-tilt mechanism






And here's a beautiful example of the 1448 we are all familiar with...

1448 Dano SSEG and tube ampincase E $420 Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, case looks great, light adhesive seep to knob inserts, seller says "closet find"




How about a gorgeous example of the 1451, the successor to the mega-selling 1448?

1451 Dano SBEG with tube ampincase VG $448 Clean, light wear, logo strong, white finish to pickguard show humidity-induced 'puckering,'



1317 Dano SSEG w/ OC VG $428 Clean, light wear, logo strong, pickup cover slightly split, swirly pattern to sidewall tape (NS?), cavity stamping indicates late 1957 build, untested




1300 Dano SSEG G $525 Clean, edge/surface wear, neck shows significant playing wear, logo stronf, some finish checking, picking wear at treble side of bridge



1381 Kay HBEG VG <$1200 Clean, \some edge/surface wear, light flaking,  logo laminate looks good, pickguard design strong, plenty of bedazzlement via added rhinestones, initials missing from personalization plate



1441 Univox (?) MIJ SBEG VG $356 Clean, light wear, 'block' logo strong, whammy handle present




At last! A mostly intact Kay-built 680! Time to update the page!

680 Kay FHAC VG $386 Clean, light surface wear, pickguard missing, logo inlay intact, new tuner buttons, nice graining, neck has been re-set, stamped L 8086-8905 & P4



653 Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $267 Clean, light wear, logo strong, neck lifting, stamped L 9836



604 Harmony FTAC w/ OC E $150 Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, light rust to tuner plates, stamped F-61, case very clean



619 Kay FHAC VG $153 Clean, light wear, logo strong, NS strap button in heel



1430 Dano tube amp  $195 Could use a cleaning, covering wear/staining, logoplate looks good, handle broken, oxidation to chassis, does not power up



1446 Harmony HBEG w/ OC G $774 Needs a cleaning, edge/surface wear, pickup mounting rings and knobs yellowed, logo strong, rust to pickguard bracket and neck screws, scratches and maybe some cord melt to back, Bigsby paint flaking off



1446 Harmony HBEG G $687 Clean, some edge wear, finish checking, logo intact, paint worn from Bigsby, NS Grover tuners, headstock scratched on back, some binding sloppily re-glued, pickups are patent number (vs. the more rare PAFs)



615 Harmony FTAC box only $25 Addressed to a Syracuse, NY Sears, from 'H. Co.,' the thinly veiled name Harmony put on their shipping labels





And now, for a little perspective... all kinds of things slip through my 'Silvertone' filter on eBay. I've tuned it over the years to let the good stuff through, while not exclusively limiting my search to only amps or only guitars, cutting down my results from an insane 450,000+ active auctions that have the word 'silvertone' in them, to a more manageable 15,000 items or so. OK, I said all that to say all this... sometimes something slips through the filter that puts everything I report on here in a different light. Like this Herm
és 'Kelly 28' bag, with 'silvertone' hardware (which is why it snuck it's way into my list). It's 9 years old, and it looks like... well... a purse. No better or worse for carrying around your stuff than would a bargain center purse that you'd pick up for ten or twenty bucks. This purse, however, sold for SIX THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS. Yup. $6,500. Sixty-five Benjamins. Six and a half large. And I must say, with the padlock and the catches and the straps and such, it does look like a particularly inconvenient purse, as purses go. So, I'd say we've got it pretty good. I'd far rather be collecting Silvertones, where you just saw that super-rare mid-pickup'd 1448 go for just $302, than collect purses... stained purses, according to the auction description, that cost more than I have left to pay on my Toyota Matrix.



 



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12/23

Make sure to visit  Winter 2015 Pt.2,  the weather was c-c-cold, the deals were hot!

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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.

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