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Fall 2014   

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It's That Time of Year Again...
 time to dig up the mods and hack jobs and reupholstering and refinishes and craft projects that I've seen from the past year perpetrated  on SIlvertones of every stripe and put 'em in a big bowl, just ready for you to come ring the bell for some tricks and treats. There are literally hundreds of Frankentone projects depicted, so I hope you'll drop by, laugh and cry and maybe.... scream. Just dim the lights, grab some popcorn, click on the screen capture below and enjoy.

My buddy Paul Johnson wrote a song called "Frankenstein Island" a couple of years back, basing it on a horrible movie that both he and I love. I animated the video below, and of course had to feature ol' Frankie rockin' some Silvertonium. Enjoy!


Double Double Doozie!
A good chunk of money thrown at these two double plays!

1427 Harmony HBEG w/ OC E $1552 Clean, minimal wear, hardware shiny, logo intact, sat in a safe and then a closet from 1963-2013

1385 Harmony HBEG MOD <$1400 Clean, light wear, pickguard missing, logo intact, NS tuners/bridge/Bigsby, alternate hardware incl., stress crack at jack

1219 Harmony FHAC w/ C VG $2000 Clean, light wear, second owner, headstock laminate replace (stock piece incl.), stamped F-70, serial #9632H169

1219 Harmony FHAC w/ C G $1000 Clean, playing wear to neck, some yellowing/checking of white finish, original headstock laminate shows some wear w/ crack at truss rod cover and is separating, tuner pegs oxidized, stamped F-70, serial #9922H169



It Never Appeared In Any Sears Catalog... but it sure seemed to sell a few 'in store.' Check out this 1487 'ampinguitar' model, complete with super cool Silvertone-branded strap, gig bag, and the original schematic/user manual pamphlet. Went for a song!

1487 Teisco SBEG with sold state amp onboard VG $268 Clean, light wear, logo strong with slight flake-off at 'S,' amp non-functional, original paperwork and strap incl.

1421 Harmony SSEG VG $650 Clean, light wear, some picking wear to top between pickups, replacement metal logo, stamped S-62, Stackpole pots date to mid-April 1962

1457 Dano SSEG guitar only G $395 Clean, wear to knobs/pickguard edges/body, some sidewall peel, logo strong

Blurry pics, rare guitar, steal of a deal. Here's a seldom-seen MIJ 1424.

1424 MIJ HBEG VG $104 Clean, light wear, logo tag looks good, whammy intact, stock knobs, pickguard mising

1481 Dano tube amp VG <$275 Clean, light wear, logoplate missing, stamping indicates late 1966 build date

1417 Dano SSEG VG <$695 Clean, light wear, small ding on top under bridge location, logo intact, date stamp indicates early 1960 build

Oh, baby... me gotta go! Mighty fine 'Kentucky Blue' with what looks like some original "Louie Louie" sheet music.  Aside from some tape residue or some kind of splotch on the pickguard, this is one of the nicest Blues I've seen in a while.

653 Kay FTAC w/ OC VG $395 Clean, light wear, stain on pickguard, logo strong, hardware shiny

658 Kay FTAC G $280 Needs a dusting, light wear, logo strong, big ding to top by bass f-hole, block markers indicate pre-'66 model

A little something from the 1964 File...

Capitol was pushing this "Command Performer" proto-karaoke setup fifty years ago, and look at the guitar they chose to decorate their ad with!

That's right, it's a logo-shamed Silvertone 1423 'Jupiter', built by Harmony.

Here's a little blurb from the October 3, 1964 Billboard:




This Guitar Is 75 Years Old?!?
Yes, indeed. Before Sears began applying its tried-and-true-since-1916 Silvertone name to musical instruments, it used the name 'Supertone.' This lovely Harmony-built carved top f-hole strummer was one of the very last guitars to receive the Supertone moniker, as the changeover occurred in 1939 and '40, with the full Silvertone line taking over in the musical instrument department.

286 Harmony FHAC w/ OC VG $450 Clean, light wear, logo worn, stamped F-39, serial #3285H286

I'm Still Kicking Myself for letting one of these 1451 guitars slip from my grasp for $140 16 years ago. Fell asleep before the auction ended.

1451 Dano SBEG guitar only G $599 Clean, some edge & pickguard wear, logo strong, knob insert shows yellowing/adhesive seep, pots scratchy, slight hump to pickguard

And I could kick myself now for missing out on this beauty. What a deal!

605 Harmony FTAC VG $52 Clean, light wear, logo strong, original 'under the tree' gift box incl., stamped F-58-T

Over on our Facebook page, Silvertonian Charles shared some great shots of his band, Poor Richard & the Almanacs. Charles can be seen here with his Bigsby-modified 1476, a short-lived classic from the early '60s. You'll also notice the Dano-built 1444 bass in the 'onstage' shot.

1476 Harmony SSEG w/ C VG $355 Clean, some edge wear, logo strong, one tuning post missing, pickguard date-stamped Sept. 1964



Rarest Silvertone Lap Steel Ever? Yes. Yes it is. Pretty amazing, y'all. I'd seen this oddly shaped lap steel in my catalog for years, but had never come across one in the real world. Well, that changed this week when this amazing Dano-built machine showed up on eBay. It's the model 1304, and was only offered in the Fall/Winter catalog of 1955. Given such a small window of availability, it's no wonder that these would be so rare. It's an odd affair, with an unusual body (I think of the Kay 'Solo King' when I see it) and a very 'Gumby' headstock. It also sports the vacu-form 'bump' pickup that showed up on the first Dano-built 'real' guitars, as well as a modified flattop that Sears sold around this time. Paired with a 1330 amp from the same period, it went for over 600 dollars.

1304 Dano Lap Steel and 1330 amp VG $638 Clean, light wear to both guitar amp amp, logo slightly worn at 'ne,' guitar & amp functional, slight damage to nut

Here's a look at the guitars that shared the same 'before the lipstick' pickup; they are mighty rare as well:

1375/77: You'll note that these knobs (and the single one on the flattop bleow) are identical to the ones on the lap steel.

You might notice this acoustic-turned-electric shares the same yellow 'thick script' logo as the lap steel, and the same black-buttoned tuners appear on the lap steel and the acousti-lectric, as well. So, what do you think? Harmony/Kay/Somebody shipped these hole-less flattops off to Dano for electrification, hardware-izing and branding?

Just for grins and comparison, here's that funky Kay 'Solo King' I was talkin' about.

Now, that's just beautiful! Check this dynamite 1448 setup, one of the best I've seen this year.

1448 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase E $599 Clean, minimal wear, amp and guitar functional. Early transitional model; line-legend barrel knobs, three-bolt neck with oval-buttoned strip tuners



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Rock On, T.S.!
Here's a fine pre-'57 'Thin Twin' 1381. The first versions of this guitar, which was introduced in 1954, had the Silvertone brand as a stylized script on a plastic laminate, and the last guitars of the line featured a two-layer laminate black headstock with a Silvertone logo stencil-routed to reveal the white layer underneath. The black headstock axes also got a number model change to the 1369.

1381 Kay SSEG w/ C VG $1040 Clean, light wear, light finish flaking, logo laminate looks good, tuner buttons shrunken/deteriorating , (1) NS tuner button, 'T S' monogram stockers on treble bout area of pickguard worn

Just for fun, here's a treat: I'd never seen the 'Old Kraftsman'  branded version of this guitar 'til recently. I'm diggin' the 'lightning bolt' motif. Want it? It's up for bidding on eBay.


Here's a little ad for a big song from this week in 1964, it's a trade ad in the back pages of Billboard for the quintessential teenage tragedy song, J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers "Last Kiss," just beginning its climb up the charts.


Whew, it's been QUITE a Summer!
Now that we're gettin' back in the 'back to school' mode, I figured it's time to get back on the Silvertone World horse here, with some updates and new pages, and even more from 1964. Of course, I never *really* take time off from Silvertonin'... our Facebook page recently passed 1,000 likes, the visits here on the website are as strong as ever, and Silvertone is holding a firm footage on stages all over the world, with Beck, Coldplay, Vampire Weekend, The Bots, Dum Dum Girls, Dex Romweber, and many more bringin' the Silvertonium to the people!

The Beatles continued their domination and influence on the music scene over the Summer of 1964, and here's something interesting from this season 50 years ago:

A couple more tidbits from the same week:

The Chipmunks' Beatle album was actually my first exposure to the music of the Fab Four!

I remember buying this album as a teenager, part of which was recorded right around this time in 1964. If you've heard the disc, you know that the record execs "hoping the anticipated screaming [would] dissipate" because of the Hollywood Bowl being an outdoor setting didn't quite work out...

If you haven't heard the record... well, here ya go. Thanks, YouTube!

Make sure to visit
 Spring Pt. 3 2014, as we rolled along in the new season for our continuing spotlight on 1964 memories, and of course, lots of great Silvertonium...


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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