Coming Soon To A Music Store Near You!
In case you hadn't heard,
Samick Music Corporation is
resurrecting the classic logo and the classic guitars of yesteryear with
a brand new line of vintage-style Silvertones! First out of the gate
are these reissues of the 1478 and
a grayburst reimagining of the 'U2' body style
1303 Both reissue strummers apparently also to be
available in classic. My buddy Tony at Samick/Silvertone assures me we should be able to lay our hands on 'em some
time this month!
Check this beautiful 1478 reissue, with a real Bigsby, dual
single-coil pickups and the classic Silhouette/Bobkat lines of the
And how about this cool 1303 reissue, with a compensated string-thru
bridge, lipstick pickups and the classic narrower lines of the so-called 'peanut'
or 'C' body shape?
Here's a fine 1956 vintage 1359 that brought somewhere under it's
asking price of $1495. I can't be more specific, because eBay doesn't
publish 'best offer accepted' prices.
Dano SSEG w/ OC VG <$1495 Needs a dusting
at the very least, light wear, some neck wear, logo strong, date stamp
indicates spring 1956 build
Super-Duper Bonus Grab Bag! That's
what we've got today; our haul of Silvertonium runs the gamut from ukes
to amps to electric to acoustic to even a couple of cool radios that I
thought you might enjoy. Dig in!
Interesting... this double cutaway is tagged on the headstock as a 1454
(and probably stamped internally as one, as well), but the model number
given this double cutaway is the 1485. It's enjoying some 'heat' these
days as one of the many guitars that Black Keys axeman Dan Auerbach
Clean, light wear, logo strong, Bigsby
intact, NS truss rod cover, stamped as a 1454, (2) knobs missing
Part of the 'stealth' Japanese Invasion, this non-catalog guitar, along
with the 1436 and amp-in-guitar
1487 paved the way for the sea
change of late 1968 to nearly *all* Japanese-built electric guitars
available from Sears.
1437 Teisco SBEG w/ OC
VG $535 Clean, light wear, logo tag looks good,
whammy bar present, pots/switches 'a little scratchy,' selector 'chicken
head' NS, serial #314717
Here's a great 'skier' uke; this is the later mid-50s model with
the molded fretboard.
851 Harmony Ukulele
VG <$170 Clean, some edge wear, logo and stencil
strong, plastic fretboard
1840 Oscar Schmidt Guitaro w/ OC
VG $150 Clean, light wear, original
guarantee card, tuning/playing guides and tuning wrench incl
1304 Dano SSEG VG $394 Clean, some wear esp. on back, logo strong with
light scratch on 'S,' light rust to tuner plates
VG $565 Clean, some wear/scratches and neck wear, logo
shows some wear, arm wear on lower bass bout
Nice shade of Frankentone Green™
on this one...
1415/16 Dano SSEG
MOD $124 Refinished, NS knobs and cavity cover, logo gone
Another double play, this time of the four-string variety...
1443 Dano SBEG Bass
VG $700 Clean, light wear, some wear on bottom edge,
logo intact, finger rest relocated, tailpiece cover missing
1443Dano SBEG Bass
w/ OC VG $725 Clean, light wear, logo broken at 'S,' NS
A little woodworking...
1483 Dano tube amp
MOD $226 Re-cabineted, rust dots to front face
Don't see too many of these...
1465 Dano tube amplifier and speaker cabinet
$200 Could use a good
cleaning, functionality unconfirmed, rust to xformer and handle
captures, no footswitch
The Sovereign-based 633/1220/1221 had a fairly long life, available in
the catalog from 1965 through 1972.
1220 Harmony FTAC w/ OC
VG $225 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, glue residue on headstock, serial # 4475S1220
This 'Thin Twin' needs a little TLC, but still brought some good money.
Clean, logo strong, finish checking, binding
missing, rust dots to tailpiece, tuner buttons deteriorating, neck has
One more stereovision sighting, this time dueling 'Chris Isaaks!'
Harmony HBEG w/ C
Clean, light wear, logo intact, Bigsby intact, patent # pickups, light
oxidation to pickup covers
1446Harmony HBEG w/ C
Clean, light wear, logo gone, Bigsby
intact, jack area repaired, NS pickguard
The end of the venerable 1477 line saw some beefed-up specs in a better
bridge, a little extra color, and bigger knobs. The knobs have been
replaced by non-stock dials on this example.
Clean, some wear, logo 'shamed,' NS knobs,
whammy bar present
All aboard for Jupiter!
Harmony SSEG w/ C
Clean, light wear, logo intact, NS tuners
Here's a couple of the non-Dano amps that appeared in the catalog when
Sears switched gears (by force, more likely than choice) after Dano was
bought out by MCA and subsequently shuttered in the late 60s.
Dano tube amp
Clean, edge wear, jack mod on side, 3-prong AC mod, logo tag shiny, back
panel present but not pictured, recently serviced
I wish I could tell you more about these EKO-built guitars, but they
were never in any catalog, and if it weren't for some fortunate stamping
inside, we'd not even know the model number.
698 EKO FTAC
F $25 Clean, finish checking, logo strong, bridge lifting,
high action, United Airlines wings medallion on treble upper bout
We see plenty of the all-black 1420 models, but the 'shaded walnut' 1421
is a welcome seldom-seener...
1421 Harmony SSEG w/ OC
VG $495 Clean, some surface/neck wear, buckle
rash, logo strong
The 'Champ' of Dano-built Silvertones, this little 1481 packs a sweet
Dano tube amp
Clean, top of cabinet slightly bowed, knob inserts discolored/worn,
recently serviced, looks like an extension speaker mod there on back
"All transmitters to full... all receivers to boost..."
Came across some cool radios this past week, thought I'd share.
I just love this late-30s vintage mini-radio; great design, super cool
knobs, and oh, so small! Look how tightly packed those tubes are! Sold
'Matched Twin Speakers' on this cool pink-encased AM radio. Model number
label is gone, but the seller claims late 50s vintage. If true, this is
certainly the earliest appearance of the 'Space
Dot.' Brought $130.
Available from Sears
for just $12.95 in 1938 and '39, this radio was advertised as
"designed for modern people living in a modern
world." The model 6110 was also available in walnut brown and ivory 'plaskon,'
design of this 'Machine Age' radio is PATENTED! This one went for a
Here's a 1938 Sears catalog ad:
And here's Clarence Karstadt's
patent; Des. 113,004
I Don't Usually Do This... but this amp
is so amazing, I feel it needs a wider, appreciative audience. It's one
of the very first Silvertone amps ever offered; so early in the game
that it's not even branded 'Silvertone.' It's in simply jaw-dropping
shape for a 70+-year-old amp, too. Check it out, and
grab it if you got six Benjamins burnin' a hole in your pocket. As
you can see in the vintage catalog listing below, this amp was made
available with the very first electric archtop from Sears, a kludgy
affair with a standard acoustic F-hole married to a Valco pickup. Note
the cord snaking out through a hole on the bass side lower bout.
12K02328 Valco NM Buy It
Now at $599 Clean, minimal wear, seller says
caps in both the power supply and coupling have been replaced. The glass
is new (I can send the glass that was originally in there when I
purchased it) and a 3 prong plug/power cord has been added for safety.
Let the photos do the talking, but please feel free to ask questions.
She is exceptionally clean, just that very slight tear on the bottom
corner featured in the photo. With respect to full disclosure, there is
a bit of intermittent scratchiness that I can not trace. All sales
final due to vintage of this piece."
Extremes... one refinished Harmony 'Stratotone,'
and one ridiculously low-priced Harmony-built Silvertone.
H88 Harmony SBEG MOD
$1301 Refinished in red, repro logo decal, stock
Harmony FHAC w/ OC VG $10 Clean, light
wear, 'deco' logo strong. Yeah, ten bucks.
There's 'Silvertone Shame,' and
then there's 'Silvertone Pride;' this one falls under the latter
category. Looks like a custom-cut vinyl 'deco' logo on the head of this
Harmony FHAC MOD $255 Refinished, re-logo'd,
Let's Start off May with a terrific "Me and My
Silvertone," and a little history lesson. We've
got a great shot of some Army Air Force personnel in the winter of 1942
relaxin' with a Harmony-built 'Lone Ranger' guitar. These men were part
of an installation on the west coast of the United States near
Cape Perpetua, the location was used during World War II as an
observation site and radar station for the detection of enemy submarines
and aircraft, and a large coastal defense gun was temporarily installed.
The catalog illustration is from the 1938 Sears catalog.
And of course, it's Link Wray's Birthday today!
With his seminal, made-up-on-the-spot, banned for its corrupting
influence (yeah, right) on youth, speaker-rattlin' rockin' anthemic
'Rumble,' Wray invented the power chord, and rocked
audiences until his
death in 2005. Here's a dramatic shot of Wray with his Dano 'Guitarlin,' and an American Bandstand clip of Wray and the Raymen rockin' (well,
pretending to) some 'Rawhide.'
Time To Get Your Pick On! The
pick store is back with classic
black 'thin script' logos on a white matte-finish Delrin pick.
Our first batch sold out fast, so get 'em while they're hot!
Make sure to visitApril 2013,
we saw some great stuff as we
moved into Spring
/ 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
Links in blue
open in a new window, and take you to a Silvertone World info page, a
period catalog listing, or a link of interest.