1964 was an incredible year
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Funny How The Silvertonium slows down
right near the end of the year festivities. Time is spent doin' lots of
other things besides getting guitars ready to ship out from auction
sales, and that's OK. Once the bonuses are in the bank accounts, and the
holiday cash is in the pockets, things'll crank up again.
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase G $233
Clean, edge wear, knob inserts missing from one guitar knob, rip to amp
covering, logo strong, some case rubs to sidewalls, playing wear to
neck, amp lights up but produces only static
Kay FHAC MOD $350 Clean, edge/surface wear,
headstock/logo laminate looks likes it's been modded then repaired
(extra strings added?), NS pickguard, NS bridge
I've Really Enjoyed remembering the rockin'
year of 1964... hard to believe we're half a century down the line from
there. I'll continue
to bring you a few more fifty-year treats in the waning days of 2014,
and here's a few neat items I came across that were introduced to us
that year; some of them things that we still use daily!
8-TRACK! Developed (believe it or not) by the Lear Jet
Corporation (among others in the development group), 8-track tape
cartridge and player technology was unleashed on the buying public in
1964. If you're as old as me, you likely remember the
low-fi, trouble-prone, oddly-edited tapes.
Of course, Sears was there you help you get your sounds
Here's a scribbled page of hopefulness from the '64 'Wish Book:'
The price of use hasn't gone up much on these, comparatively...
'Near Mint' isn't a term I throw
around loosely... the best you'll usually get is an 'E' for excellent.
But today's first up... wow!
Harmony HBEG w/ OC NM <$1900 Nothin' much
to say but a few details: pickups stamped May 1961, body stamped F-61 W
/ Inspected by 515 RU, seller says "It
was purchased from the original owner's family, and per their
recollection, it was never used."
Well, Here's Something you don't see every day...
It's a Harmony-built Silvertone 603 that's been Patsy-fied!
Not that decorating the
603/1200 is without precedent, mind you...
Lil' Tumbleweed did it...
A child of the 70s did it... those are 'Dukes of Hazzard' stickers,
And Elvis Presley signed one!!!
1369 Kay SSEG
G $750 Wear/checking/flaking all over, logo intact, pickguard
insignia strong, neck binding ,missing on bass side, nut/knobs
FTAC Classical G $40 Clean, some surface
wear/scratches, label intact, high action
Dano tube amp MOD $190 Re-grilled, new OSB
speaker baffle, handle missing, logoplate missing, NS knobs (2 bare
pots), trem unmentioned, stamping indicates May 1960 build
14XX Dano Footswitch $100
The Beatles' "I Feel Fine" continues it fast flight up the charts!
Up to #5 from it's entry at #22 last week.
Wow. Just wow. It didn't sell for
the hope-filled asking price of $2599, but we did get to see this
doubleneck Dano in all its beauty over on
Onward to the Silvertonium!
Harmony FHAC w/ C G $200 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, neck lift, high action, crack at neck heel/binding, serial
UNK Supro/Valco/National SBEG
G $714 Clean, logo badge intact, some
edge/surface wear, metal surfaces show oxidation, pickguard design worn
away, tuner buttons shrunken, (1) knob missing, serial #X86876
Dano SSEG Bass w/ OC VG $500 Clean, light
wear, logo intact, seller is orig. owner's son
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG $600
Clean (case could use a dusting), logo strong, guitar knob inserts
missing, a couple of edge dings, late transitional model with
oval-buttoned strip tuners/3-screw neck attach/neck tilt
Dano tube amp MOD $395
Covering painted black, clean, light wear, grille looks good, NS pilot
light cover, 3-prong AC mod, new Electro-Harmonix 6V6 & 12AX7, trem
functional, no footswitch, cabinet stamping indicates late 1964 build
Oh, Canada! The Silvertonium mines
are still chock full of gems... time digs a little deeper, and we get
something we've not seen before! Oh, it's in excellent shape, too!
Thanks, Santa! This vaguely 'Starcaster'-shaped
axe is certainly a mystery; we know it was Canadian-sold (the double S
headstock logo tells us it was from
Simpson-Sears), Made In Japan (the sticker on the headstock makes
this plain, just in case we were wondering), the triangular control
cover is very Teisco-ish, but the pickup covers, bridge, headstock,
pickguard, whammy and... I dunno... 'feel' of this twanger isn't very
Teisco-ish to me. If you have any ideas,
let me know.
UNK MIJ HBEG w/ OC E
<$890 Clean, minimal wear, logo intact, all chrome shiny,
whammy handle missing
Dano SBEG G $450 Could use a cleaning, some
edge/surface wear, logo gone, (2) replacement knobs (not the right kind,
but at least they're Dano), trem spring cover missing
Kay FHAC E $650 Clean, minimal wear, paint
chip on corner of headstock, tuner buttons shrunk, thumb wheels missing
from bridge, strong 'wind chime' logo indicates earliest available
version of this guitar, original guarantee/care booklet incl.
Harmony Ukulele F $31 Needs some TLC, logo
strong, wood fingerboard, nut broken
Dano Solid State amp only $125 Clean, wear
to control face, some covering wear, logo scratched, tape residue on
14XX Dano footswitch $70
Five decades ago this week on "Shindig!" the Kinks rocked the youngsters with "You Really
Here's a Wild One for your Wednesday!
It's a redecorated, seldom seen, Kay-built 'Value Leader'-based 1458,
available mostly in the early '60s 'Wish Book.'
1458 Kay SSEG VG <$550 Could
use a good cleaning, logo strong, some surface/edge wear, headstock
repair, playing wear to neck, logo strong, replacement pickguard, NS
Dano tube amp only VG $389
Clean, covering wear, NS handles, 1/4" speaker jack mod, rev/trem
functional, no footswitch
Dano tube amp only VG $320
Clean, covering wear, some oxidation to control face, 1/4" speaker jack
mod, 3-prong AC mod, reverb tank removed, trem functional, NS handle,
Dano tube amp with speakerless cabinet $295
Dano tube amp VG $175 Clean, light wear,
one small covering peel, ext. speaker mod on back panel, 3-pron AC mod,
Dano tube amp G <$185 Plenty of covering
wear, NS knobs, grille stained/brown, back panel missing, cabinet
stamping indicates early 1962 build
Sears tube amp VG $284 Clean, a couple of
grille rips, re=capped, re-tubed, trem functional
Harmony FTAC G $66 Needs a cleaning, some
edge/surface wear, light strap melt on back, logo strong, bridge split,
EKO FTAC VG $57 Clean, light wear, small
chip to nut, logo strong, 'Made in Italy' logo strong, back checking (as
14XX Dano footswitch $100
A few musical notes from this week in 1964...
Dano SSEG guitar with amp-less case VG $338
Clean, light wear, logo strong, pots scratchy
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG $385
Clean, light wear, logo strong, knob inserts missing, late transitional
model with oval-buttoned strip tuners/3-screw neck attach/neck tilt
Dano tube amp E $168 Clean, minimal wear,
logo tag looks good,
14XX Dano Bridge
<$65 Saddle and mounting screws
We may have the Oculus Rift
these days... but back in the day, I explored the 3-dimensional
world with no WiFi, no LED screen, no batteries.... VIEW-MASTER! I went
underwater, traveled to outer space, Pike's Peak, the World's Fair,
laughed at Peanuts, rode with Batman, saw the Grand Canyon...
This listing from the 1964 'Wish Book.'
Wow! 50 Years ago this very week one of
the longest running holiday specials made its debut. Of course, I'm
talking about "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," chock-full of
now-classic Johnny Marks tunes, featuring great animation (done in
Japan!), and a holiday favorite for many of you out there. The USPS has
great set of stampsto mail your cards with, along with some
nice collectible art. There's a
book outon the making of the special, and a
50th anniversary Blu-Ray set, plus a LOT of other
50th anniversary geegaws...Go Rudolph!
A little bit from the country side of late '64...
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG $529
Clean, minimal wear, case rubs to bottom sidewalls, knob inserts show
adhesive seep, skate key tuners/3-screw neck attach/neck tilt
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG $445 Clean,
some wear, logo strong, 'cord keeper' present, knob inserts show
adhesive seep, sidewall has case rub, light staining to grille, transitional model with oval-button strip
tuners, line/legend knob inserts and three-screw neck attach w/ neck tilt
Thought you might want a gander at some of the beautiful
point-to-point wiring in this amp...
And here's that listing from the 1964 'Wish Book.'
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase G $300 Clean,
some wear, knob inserts yellowed, amp does not power up, amp lining
worn, NS speaker, early transitional model with oval-button strip
tuners, triangle knob inserts and two-screw neck attach w/ no neck tilt
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $605
Clean, some edge wear, oxidation to control face, re-capped, footswitch,
Teisco MIJ HBEG w/ C VG $300 Clean, light
wear, logo intact, whammy bar present, nut cracked low 'E'
Kay SSEG VG $495 Clean, light wear, NS 'chickenhead'
selector, logo strong, some yellowing to pickguard and binding, a few
binding cracks, some rust to tuner covers and posts, center pickup
"seems a bit weak when compared to the others," NS nut, NS tuners, light
Harmony FTAC VG $76 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, serial #1008H621
Somebody's elf was watching over the purchaser on this one... what
Harmony FTAC VG $28 Clean, light wear all
over, looks like some slight water damage on back bottom, 'deco' logo
strong, 'D' tuner slightly bent
OK, so a lot of parts that I see show up at auction claim
"from a Silvertone this or that." Knobs, tailpieces, bridges, tuners...
but, really... unless you see it on the guitar, how are you gonna
know it's real Silvertonium? Well, there's certainly one item
that's specific to a certain Silvertone guitar. As long as it's in that
unique pentagonal mounting ring... it's the Gibson-made mini-humbucker
from the 1446 'Chris Isaak' model.
Generally goes for a pretty penny, too... this one went for $182,
and its sibling went for $170.
These are the
#2,737,842" vs. the "Patent Applied For" stickered models. Oddly
enough, this patent number is actually for a
Les Paul credited trapeze tailpiece from 1952. Hit the first link
for more info, but here's the money quote from that link:
"Gibson printed the incorrect number on some PAF stickers
after they obtained a patent (U.S.
Patent 2,896,491) for the PAF pickups. Most humbuckers were labeled
U.S. Patent 2,737,842 until 1962 and the number shown on the pickup
is actually a patent for a Gibson trapeze tailpiece bridge and not for a
pickup at all. Both true PAFs and incorrect patent marked PAFs are
fairly rare today and make an expensive vintage collectors' item."
Here's an entire V/T/ network from a 1446 that went for less than
Sears' 'Wish Book' choices could sometimes be puzzling...
you'd think that the 1448 or 1457 (recently featured in the Fall/Winter
'Big Book') would be a natural for the holiday shopping season...
instead we get the oddball Electro-Harp featured, along with a nice
1482. Sears 'Wish Book,' 1964
Lastly for today, a little something from the "I know it's
not a Silvertone, but..." file. This wild (mid-60s?)
Univox 12-string electric!
I'd Never Heard of Noble Amplifiers...
but this one that sold at auction certainly seems to be related to the
Dano-built 13XX Silvertone line... I've compared this amp to a
Silvertone 1334. Pretty neat!
Oh, the Noble sold for $195 in "powers up but doesn't make a sound"
Harmony HBEG G $500 Needs a good
cleaning, light wear, pickguard missing, logo intact, crack in side,
Kay mandolin w/ OC VG $300 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, NS tailpiece, tuner buttons shrinking
Dano SSEG guitar only VG $338 Clean, some
wear and scratches, wired mod to saddle, logo strong
Well, if you didn't want to spring for a Silvertone, time-honored Danish
Craftsmen were there for you! And Beatles. Wish Book '64.
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG $475 Clean,
light wear, logo worn, some adhesive seep to knob inserts, transitional
model with oval-buttoned strip tuners & three-screw neck attach
They wouldn't need the wire on the saddle on this one if they'd
put the bridge plate on right...
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase MOD
$215 Needs a cleaning, light wear, pickup chopped, NS knobs,
bridge improperly configured
Dano tube amp VG $300 Could use a cleaning,
light wear to edges, trem unmentioned, but seller says all is
functional, red border panel with correct tremolo spelling
Dano tube amp G $159 Needs a thorough
cleaning, light wear, "tested and working," tremolo unmentioned
Dano tube amp G $275 Covering rough, a few
grille picks, logo shows some oxidation, tremolo unmentioned (although
seller says "works great"), handle missing
Dano SSEG Bass w/ OC VG $689 Clean, light
wear, a ding or two, logo intact but worn
Sears tube amp VG $76 Could use a good
cleaning, light wear, back panel present, tested good
This guitar is back in action after "hanging over a
bar in a saloon out West for decades."
Harmony SBEG VG $500 Clean, light wear,
some oxidation to whammy unit, screw cracks to pickguard, logo
worn/faded, (3) knobs NS but period correct repros, recently cleaned and
set-up, lamination lines showing on headstock, pickguard stamped Dec. 11
And this one looks like it might have just come from an Old West
Harmony FTAC $10 Sold "As Is." Needs
plenty of TLC: tuners buttons gone, cracks, scratches,
The folk revival was certainly
booming in 1964, and Sears was there to help you get your hootenanny on!
This page from the Spring/Summer '64 Sears catalog.
Sears Solid State amp G $99 Clean, some
edge and corner wear, trem functional, reverb weak, scratchy pots
Harmony w/ OC VG $292
Clean, light edge wear, logo strong, 'grainy' headstock, rust to tuner
plates, some scratches on back
Harmony FTAC F $75 Clean, pickguard
missing, edge wear, logo scratched at 'n,' high 'E' tuner post missing,
Dano Solid State amp only $49
Cabinet/covering shows light wear, sound is distorted, rev/trem
functional, power switch touchy, circuit board cracked/repaired, NS
Originally scheduled for a July 1963 release, "Introducing
The Beatles" came out on 10 January 1964, on Vee-Jay Records, ten days
before Capitol's "Meet the Beatles!" The album was the subject of much
legal wrangling, but ultimately, Vee-Jay was permitted to sell the album
until late 1964, by which time it had sold more than 1.3 million copies.
This copy has lived happily in its Sears poly bag for fifty years.
Grab it on eBay if you've got a few dollars you want to spend.
December is Underway! We're gonna
have a lot of fun this month; wrapping up our year-long look at 1964
with a stocking full of 1964 catalog treats daily, and of course, a
sleighload of Silvertonium!
Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $80
Clean, light wear, logo strong, light rust to tuner plates, neck lifting
slightly, stamped FL-59, serial #2365H608
Harmony FTAC w/ OC G $185 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, bridge repaired, (2) bridge pins missing, stamped
F-64, serial #4665H621
Dano tube amp VG $300 Clean, light covering
wear, trem functional, no footswitch, cabinet stamping indicates May
Beautiful listing for the Harmony-built
Silvertone 1478. Sears Wish Book,
FHAC G $230 Clean, pickguard missing, some
overall wear esp. to playing area, logo laminate looks good, NS
tailpiece, NS tuners, neck possibly reset, this is the later version
with the 'boater hat' markers
With zero songs on the Hot 100 since October, the Beatles finally
return this week 50 years ago with the feedback-laden intro'd "I Feel
Fine." The song entered the Hot 100 at #22, and we'll track its
rise over this last month of 1964-centric throwback updates. Dig the isolated guitar-only track
of the Beatles' classic below:
I was quite amazed to find out that the distinctive riff on this song
was played by John on a Gibson acoustic-electric, the J-160E!
In researching 1964, I'm always coming across these odd, minor hits from
groups I've never heard of... like these young ladies.
...and some pleasant surprises, like this holiday ditty from The Gems,
featuring the exquisite Minnie Riperton.
Make sure to visit Fall
Pt. 2 2014,
filled with terrific 'Me and My Silvertone,'
some amazing Silvertonium, and more dispatches from Fall 1964!
/ 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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