January / February / March 2016Silvertone World and the Silvertone brand name are in a happy synchronicity this year; it's been a century since our favorite department store brand name took the stage, and a full decade since this website went online. I worked very hard on the design of this site, and in many ways I felt it was far-reaching. I purposely made the design a 'one-pager.' That is, the design for each model of instrument or amplifier would fit one one page; no need to scroll or move around too much, and the slide shows for the items would pop over the page itself. It's worked well for the past 10 years, but the web moves at the speed of light, and it's time for some changes here. I'm getting a lot more mobile/tablet traffic, and sometimes the old design just doesn't fit. Smaller screens, different orientations, etc. can make getting around and viewing what you want less than optimal. So, I'm starting to re-program the site using 'responsive' techniques. You should be able to get what you want here from whatever you're viewing it on; from your iPhone or Android phone, your tablet of your home computer. This page, as well as the 100-year celebration of Silvertone section will all be programmed this way, and I've begun the arduous task of converting nearly 300 individual pages to this same format. The handmade charm of the old site will give way to a more regimented, responsive look, while retaining all the info that you've come to appreciate over the years here from Silvertone World. Help me out as you're browsing; if you come across a hiccup or glitch, email me and let me know. If there is a particular instrument or area I've not explored yet, let me know; I'll give your feedback top priority.
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1966 Murph-built Silvertone 6-String, serial #6708
Check out this rare Silvertone that went up
for sale recently! It's a Murph-built Silvertone, the second one
I've ever seen, and part of only a couple dozen that Murph made
for Sears back in 1966. Sears had exhausted their buying budget
for that year, but promised a much larger buy in 1967. Sadly,
Fender sued Murph Guitars over their body shape (the offset body
of the electric line was 'too derivative,' Fender claimed), and
rather than fight a long, expensive legal battle over the suit,
Murph simply shut down in early 1967. So, instead of the thousands
of Murph-built electric 6 & 12 string Silvertones (and who
know what else; Murph was a very innovative company) we could have
enjoyed, we've got these very few ultra-rare collector's items.
Ended up selling for over $1300!
You just don't see too many of these... this may be the third one I've come across in 35 years of collecting. It's one of the 'named' guitars that Sears sold when they began offering Silvertones in 1940.
2256 Harmony FHAC VG $700
Light wear, logo inlay intact, fret markers
look good, pickguard design strong, stamped S-40
This Kay-built 710 is simply beautiful, and one of the handful of guitars offered by Sears before the 'guitar drought' brought on by World War II, when no guitars were available in the 1944 and 1945 catalogs.
710 Kay FHAC VG $355
Light wear, tuner buttons deteriorated,
'wind chime' logo strong
A few years after WWII, Sears 'recycled' the part number for this Harmony-built archtop:
710 Kay FHAC w/ OC E $331
Minimal wear, 'deco' logo strong, stamped
S-56, original paperwork incl.
Sibling to the 50s-era 710 was the tiger-striped blond 702:
702 Kay FHAC G $350
Edge/surface wear, 'deco' logo strong,
playing wear to neck
644/649 Kay FHAC w/ C VG $1295
Some wear at f-holes, light fading of
pickguard design, logo strong, bridge needs to be installed
653 Kay FHAC w/ C VG $475
Light wear, color strong with light
checking, logo strong, strap button missing, slight neck
The Kay-built 619 was easily the most popular Silvertone archtop of the 1960s.
619 Kay FHAC VG $199Surface/edge wear, logo very faded, replacement pickguard, refretted
619 Kay FHAC VG $161
Light wear, logo strong, NS bridge,
neck lifting slightly
612 Harmony FTAC F $45
Surface/edge wear, some staining at logo,
stencil strong, several
varied repairs over the years
1227 Harmony FTAC 12-string G $50
wear, prismatic 'Space Dot'
looks good, stamped S-72, action 1/4" at the 12th fret
We don't see the Electroharp very often, and the sad shape this one is in gives us a rare chance to look under the hood.
1850 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp w/ tube amp in case F $153
Needs a cleaning, and some TLC, amp
Another rarity - this early '50s blond 672 . Its partner, the tobaccoburst 670 , sold much better.
672 Kay FHAC G $158
Playing wear, pickguard missing, headstock
laminate looks good, heel lifting
1487 Teisco SBEG w/built-in Solid State amp G $228
Some surface wear, logo strong with
typical wear, amp non-functional, battery cover and speaker
cover missing, label worn but intact, (1) NS knob, neck plate
and tuner mounts chrome shows corrosion
1475 Matsumoku MIJ HBEG VG $316Light wear, some binding wear/missing, whammy painted black where wood overlay used to be, 'block' logo worn, switch holes on upper bass bout plugged, bridge pickup mounting ring has screw crack, replacement whammy handle
Could use a cleaning, 3-prong AC mod, baffle replaced, tremolo
functional, NS footswitch incl., back panel present (not
1482 Dano tube amp VG
Well, here's one we see fairly... well, never. It was sold in Canada by Simpson-Sears, and built by Mirtone of Weston, Ontario.
26702 Mirtone solid state amp & speaker cabinet VG <$425 BOA
Light wear, rev/trem functional
1434 Dano tube amp VG $695
Light wear, grille 'shadows,' NS 6L6
tubes, recently serviced, tremolo function unconfirmed
The last 12-string to receive the Silvertone brand name...
1226 Harmony FTAC VG <$375 BOALight wear, 'block' logo strong
...and its 'Space Dot' successor.
1227 Harmony FTAC VG $50Edge/surface wear, prismatic 'Space Dot' looks good, stamped S-72
1427 Harmony HBEG VG $1215Light wear, pickguard missing, logo looks re-glued
232 Regal FTAC G $89
Clean, logo strong, crack on top, crack on
back (both repaired). This is a real rarity, and one of a very
small group of early '40s guitars that were made for Sears
by.... Regal! Yes, indeed. This one features an early
variation of the 'wind chime' logo, and some snazzy
triangle/diamond motif fret markers. I'm working on new pages
for all the Regal-built Silvertones.
I really wonder why this guitar didn't sell better than it did.
1439 Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $358Light wear, logo strong on headstock, chrome shiny, repro pickguard
Maybe the very brief window of availability had something to do with its low sales...
The Buck Owens 'American' model sometimes gets lost in the shuffle, as it's rarely listed as a Silvertone, since it technically isn't. However, I've claimed it as part of the family, since it was offered in the Sears catalogs at the same time Silvertones were available, and since it was made by one of the largest producers of Silvertones, Harmony. The first contemporary 'boost' the American got was its exposure on the MTV 'Unplugged' episode featuring a soon-to-be-no-more Nirvana, with Pat Smear playing Krist Novoselic's 'American.' Recently, however, it would seem that Ryan Adams frequent use of the guitar onstage has really put it in the spotlight. Looks like the auction prices have driven up a bit, too. In a recent search, most of the examples I saw went for a grand or better!
Here are a few Americans that went under the gavel recently:
1219 Harmony FTAC G $1200Headstock laminate falling apart, some binding missing, some checking, metal replacement pickguard, discoloration to truss rod cover, yellowing
The engraved metal pickguard was installed by Buck Owens Enterprises, and guitars adorned as such were given out as gifts over the years by Buck, who had bought Sears' remaining stock of the guitars after its brief but good-selling catalog run. Looks like this one was a Christmas gift to the late Jed Dellerman and his wife, one of St. Louis' limousine service owners.
1219 Harmony FTAC w/ C VG $1105Headstock laminate falling apart, residue from the de-installation of a left-handed pickguard
1219 Harmony FTAC VG $1425Some surface wear, headstock laminate cracked, bass lower bout side cracked/repaired
1219 Harmony FTAC VG <$1000 BOASome surface wear, some checking, couple of small repaired cracks, headstock laminate intact but shows some wear, truss rod cover has some discoloration and missing (1) screw, LR Baggs M1A pickup added
1219 Harmony FTAC w/ C VG <$2350 BOANice all around, replacement pickguard, light wear
1457 Dano SSEG w/ tube ampcase E $750Minimal wear, no footswitch, original cord and 'cord keeper' & manual incl.
1457 Dano tube amp $65No case, operational, some oxidation to faceplate, footswitch incl., tremolo unmentioned, pots date to 1964
1448 Dano SSEG V/T network $50
Pots date to 1964, knobs incl.
1415 Dano SSEG VG <$800 BOALight wear, some checking, logo intact
From late 1957 to 1961, the low end of the Silvertone amp line didn't say 'Silvertone' at all! This Dano-built model 1430 was dubbed the 'Meteor,' a name Sears had used on items over the past several decades.
1430 Dano tube amp VG $169Some covering wear, grille 'shadow,' 'Meteor' emblem looks good, NS speaker and handle
First catalog listing:
1436 Teisco SBEG G $195
Plenty of playing wear, whammy complete, some oxidation to
chrome, logo emblem looks good, could use a cleaning
1481 Dano tube amp VG $170
Some corner wear, grille looks great, logo emblem clean, rust
dots to handle captures, stamping indicates Spring 1966 build
702 Kay FHAC F $100
Wear all over, 'wind chime' logo strong, top separating in
spots, (1) set of NS tuners
This guitar is mighty rare, because (a) this color didn't sell very well and (b) it would soon be built by Harmony rather than Kay. There are far more of the Harmony-built version (1955-late 1957), which was sold a year or so longer than the Kay (late 1952-late 1954) version.
Don't see many of these non-catalog 1205 models, especially not in this shape!
1205 Harmony FTAC VG $140
Light wear, sticker residue on back upper bass bout, block
logo strong, vintage strap incl.
604 Harmony FTAC G $32
Could use a cleaning, some surface/edge wear, logo strong,
crack in upper bass bout front
618 Kay FHAC w/ OC E $395
Minimal wear, 'wind chime' logo strong, NS tuners
If you've been looking at Kay-built guitars very long, you'll be pleasantly surprised to see that this guitar has its actual model number stamped inside!
1454 Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $1399
Light wear, some checking, some fret wear, logo strong, paint
worn from Bigsby, some oxidation to pickup covers, mis-ID'd as
1365 Kay HBEG VG $433
Logo laminate in fine shape, couple of finish chips on back,
'S' on pickguard worn, some checking, heel shows slight
separation but joint strong, NS bridge
UNK Supro/Valco SBEG VG $550
Wear and a couple of dings, wear to pickguard, some
wear/oxidation to headstock badge, pickup covers and
tailpiece, electronics need cleaning
1449 Dano SSEG with tube ampcase G $368
Wear to guitar and case, some glitter voids, amp recently
serviced, NS speaker, all pots replaced, case hinges replaced
1449 Dano SSEG guitar only VG <$400 BOA
Some edge wear, some glitter voids, logo strong, bottom strap
button missing, 'cord keeper' still present
1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampcase VG <$600 BOA
Some light wear, logo strong, amp functional, (1) pickguard
screw missing, from
Revolution Guitar Company
1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampcase $299
Light wear, logo strong, amp non-functional, corner wear to
case, pickup cover split on bass side
1304 Dano SSEG VG <$750 BOAA few scratches, logo strong, pots date to 1960
14772 Harmony SSEG w/ OC VG $290Light wear, logo strong, whammy complete, bridge out of alignment
This guitar is the last variant of the venerable 1477. Just before the 'Japanese Invasion' of late 1968 into the Sears catalog, the guitar received some upgrades; bigger knobs, a roller bridge, fancier pickup cover inserts and new colors. Though they were numbered 14772 and 14773 in the catalog, the actual guitars were stamped with 14798 for the red, and 14799 for the yellow.
Here's a 'yellow sunburst' 14773:
758 Kay mandolin F $121Light wear, some checking/flaking, 'wind chime' logo and pickguard design strong, could use a cleaning, tuner buttons deteriorated, neck joint has sloppy repair
2317 Valco lap steel w/ OC VG <$250 BOALight wear, some oxidation to pickup assembly, tuner buttons deteriorated, logo badge looks good
This next amp is an oddity in the Silvertone family; it's a variation of the 1432 amp. Black covering, and a woodgrained sticker overlay on the aluminum panel branding it as the 1459, an amp sold only with the 'Value Leader'-based 1458 guitar.
1459 Dano tube amp head only G $289 BOALight wear, speaker grille 'shadow', grille pushed in a bit, handle worn but functional, tremolo function unmentioned
1485 Dano tube amp head only G <$650 BOALight wear, some 'dotting' to aluminum face, a couple of knobs lightly chipped, burn marks all along top edge, rev/trem non-functional, from Gordon LaSalle Music
1481 Dano tube amp G <$250 BOA
1481 Dano tube amp VG $196
Light wear, replacement back panel
1392 Dano tube amp VG <$349 BOA
Edge and corner wear, handle worn but functional, handle
captures tarnished, 'V' logo in good shape, light staining to
grille, 'good working condition,' tremolo unmentioned, no
1455 Teisco MIJ HBEG VG <$247 BOALight wear, logo strong, chrome shiny, whammy complete, pickguard missing, hairline crack on back
1457 Dano SSEG w/ tube ampcase VG $500Light wear, logo shows some wear, NS speaker, amp status unconfirmed but seller says "Tube still light up"
1457 Dano tube ampcase only VG $199Light wear, all stock, tremolo unmentioned, no footswitch
I am reported to be the third owner. As the story goes, the previous owner, a mother, was looking for a guitar for her young daughter to learn on and mentioned it over coffee with her older friend next door. The neighbor woman told her that she also had purchased a guitar when her daughter was young, but that she lost interest very quickly, and that the instrument had been in the closet ever since, that the daughter was long grown and offered to give the guitar to her neighbor. The 2nd owner accepted that offer and had exactly the same experience where her daughter also lost interest and the guitar was again relegated to a closet."
1476 Harmony SBEG VG <$400Some edge wear, logo strong, pots scratchy
605 Harmony FTAC w/ OC $80Light wear, 'deco' logo strong, light rust to tuner plates, stamped S-57. This one is an oddball in that its serial number is designated 8286; as you can see, it shares the same body as the Airline-branded Model 8286 from the mid-1950s.
605 Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $54Light wear, 'deco' logo strong, light rust to tuner plates, stamped S-58, slight dryness cracks to fingerboard
1202 Harmony FTAC G $60Edge wear, finish checking, 'Space Dot' strong, 'B' tuner post missing
A very rare flattop, this 1202 showed up long after the name Silvertone had left the Sears catalog
694 Harmony FHAC G $90Some edge wear, bridge missing, 'deco' logo worn, needs a cleaning
1295 Harmony FTAC G $31Light wear, 'Space Dot' and fret marker design strong, rust dots to tailpiece, rust to tuner plates, humidity-induced crack on back, could use a cleaning
660 Kay FTAC Classical w/ C <$95 BOALight edge wear, some wear to fretboard, label in good shape
1484 Dano tube amp only VG $649Light wear, some oxidation to faceplate, 3-prong AC mod, NS tubes, new switch, rev/trem unmentioned
1422 Sears tube amp VG $360Light wear, footswitch incl, recently serviced, new tubes, 3-prong AC mod all by Frank Mufich
1465 Dano solid state amp and speaker cabinet VG <$599 BOALight wear, grille looks good, all (6) stock Jensens present, from panel clean, reverb functional, power switch replaced, 3-prong AC mod, (2) 1/4" jacks added to back of cab and amp, tremolo unmentioned but seller says amps is "fully functional," date stamp indicates Spring 1967 build
1482 Dano tube amp E $450Light grille staining, 3-prong AC mod, very light edge wear to top, tremolo unmentioned but seller says "very good working condition," no footswitch
1482 Dano tube amp VG $454Light covering wear, tremolo functional, no footswitch
1482 Dano tube amp VG <$440 BOANeeds a cleaning, grille staining at bottom, tremolo unmentioned but seller says "in good working condition," no footswitch
1472 Dano tube amp MOD $400Light wear, dual speaker outputs, NS Crate speaker (needs reconing), NS tubes, actually a 1482 chassis in the cab, power switch installed backwards (on is off, off is on), tremolo unmentioned
1475 MIJ (Matsumoku) E <$499 BOALight wear, closet kept, light wear to goldtone, logo intact
1413 MIJ (Univox?) HBEG w/ OC E <$499 BOALight wear, closet kept,
1441 MIJ (Univox?) SBEG VG $399Light wear/scratching, NS logo, whammy complete, slight buzz when touching Volume 1, playing wear to pickguard
9636 Sears speaker $30Can't imagine the 'fi' is very 'hi' on these babies, but they sure do look cool!
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, BOA - (related to price) Best Offer Accepted; price shown was asking price, sold for less, 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.