Hello, Fellow Silvertonians! I've got something important
to tell you.
Thanks to all of you out there, over the past nine years we've
grown Silvertone World into the top site for Silvertone-related
information in the known universe. I thank you most sincerely for that.
When you search the Web for 'Silvertone,' you're likely to find
Silvertone World in the top five results, and that is absolutely
awesome. It's all been done in my spare time, balancing home, two
young daughters, family life, work life and everything else with
providing all of you the best-researched information, images and info
that I can muster. But I want more, and I know you do, too.
So, I've left my 'real world' job in customer support for
a large nationwide hardware distributor, and am now the CEO and Grand
Poobah of Silvertone World! I've set goals for the site, and with your
help, I intend to meet and surpass every one of them. First, to have
this site not just self-supporting (which it is, thank you very much),
That's where you come in. We have 60,000 or so visitors a
month here, and Google ads help pay the site's way. If you could afford
a sliver of your time to click through to an ad whenever you visit, it
would do a great service not only to me and my family, but to
Silvertonians worldwide who enjoy the information presented here. Google
does a pretty good job of getting guitar and music related links
populating the adspaces here, and even if you go no further than
clicking through the ad, it'll add to Silvertone World's bottom line.
I'm not looking to get rich, but I do have the attainable
goal of this being a long-term full-time job. As big as the site is,
we're gonna at least quadruple it. By the 100th anniversary of
the Silvertone brand name in late 2016, I'm aiming to have every
Silvertone guitar and amp with its own page on the site. That's
Every Silvertone Ever. I'll also be revamping older pages with new
pictures, newly-discovered catalog listings and new info that I've
gleaned over the past 9 years that the site has been online. Along with
that, I'm developing a mobile/tablet friendly version of the site for
quick reference when you're on the go. Add some Silvertonium merchandising to
and you can see I've got my work cut out for me. But that's good,
because ever since finding my first 1448 on top of some sad soul's
garbage heap some 33 years ago, I've had an enduring love, appreciation
and curiosity for these funky, far-out, friendly instruments and
amps, and I love sharing that with all of you.
Listen, friends, I don't 'click bait' you on this site
(never have and never will). Sites that make you trudge through 20 pages
of ad-laden material to get what could be presented on one page drive me
insane, and actually lessen the chance that I'll ever return. I
don't do that. Some Silvertone World pages may have multiple parts, but
that's just because there's so much info that I want to get to you on
these guitars and amps that I have to split it up. Anyway, my point is, I've
always tried to present the kind of website that I would want to
go to for this sort of information. Truth be told, I often do
Google the site, when my brain can't cough up a fact or year or model!
The Google ads are unobtrusive (by my design), tend to match well with
our interests, and are certainly not the spammy, questionable ads
you might encounter... *ahem* elsewhere.
All that said, your help is greatly appreciated and very
necessary. Here's what you can do: First off, I need your feedback
email me if you've got an idea, some information, some new
pictures, a page request for a model I've not gotten around to yet...
I'll get right back to you, and do my best to honor your request, post
your pictures, or simply answer your questions. Secondly, keep
coming here, and click through an ad when you visit!
It'll do us all a (Silvertone) world of good.
Hey, look! There's one of those ads right down there!
Whew! Lotta Page Craftin' goin' on 'round
these parts! Click on the screen grab to go to these all-new pages at
A Guitar of Note...
musical notes, that is. We've got a brand new page for the Kay-built
model 290 with some sweet dot and diamond fret markers, and a
Another 'Artist?' You Bet! The
'Artist' title was spread across a few Silvertone guitars and lapsteels.
We saw the Harmony-built archtop Artist
last week, and here's a snazzy one from Kay!
Five Days, Five New Silvertones! Today we
wrap up the "First Family of 1940" with the rare Harmony-built 'Maestro', the Silvertone 256!
The 'Named' Silvertones Keep a-comin'!
Here's a brand new page for the
Harmony-built 'Artist,' Silvertone model number 255!
Three for Thee, with more to come. Here's
the second in the 'named' series of Silvertones that first hit the
catalog in 1940, it's the Silvertone model 254, the 'Royal!'
Rolling On With The Very First Silvertone
strummers from Sears. Here's a brand new page for the model 253, the
'Crest,' built by Harmony.
What Better Place to start than the
beginning? Here we go with the very first Silvertone six-string acoustic
from the Fall of 1940. It's the 'good' model in the lineup, the
Harmony-built 252, only available for a year. Look for the rest of the
class of 1940 this week.
Happy Fourth, everyone!
Make sure to visit
with lots of great Silvertonium blooming!
/ 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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