1964 was an incredible year
for Silvertone, and we've designed thisincredible 11"x17"
full-color Limited Edition Poster to celebrate what
we really think of as a peak year in the Silvertone realm. Want one?
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Tricks and Treats!We're gonna end up the month with one
more all-new Frankentone, and then fill your bag with some fun-size Silvertonium for you to enjoy. And, you can enjoy it
ALL... no stomach ache! Well, unless you see something that you really
wanted and missed out on...
The good Doctor abandoned this creation, but, lucky for us, we get a
glimpse into the inner
workings of these Dano-built guitars.
Dano SSEG body Asking Price: $150 Cutouts for humbuckers and
repositioned lead lipstick, top panel removed, sidewalls removed
You can see here where the slick top layer of the Masonite adhered
to the pieced-together poplar frame when it was removed. I'd certainly
love to see every step in the manufacture of these iconic beauties. When
I get my time machine, I promise my first stop will be Neptune... New
Jersey, that is, so I can make a documentary on the Danelectro factory.
Compare this to an unfinished 'U' shape frame we came across a few
OK, kids... hold that bag open wide... we've got a
lot of Silvertone to throw in there.!
Here's one of the best-looking examples that I've seen of the MIJ
'Country Gentleman' clone, the Silvertone 1475, one of the last guitars
to receive the Silvertone brand.
MIJ (Univox?) HBEG w/ OC E $537 Clean,
minimal wear, very light oxidation to metal, logo intact, bridge cover
present (!), original strap incl.
How about this beautiful 'Chris Isaak?'
Harmony HBEG VG <$1300
Clean, light wear, paint worn from Bigsby, NS roller bridge, logo strong
Here's an early model of the classic 'ampincase' model...
Dano SSEG guitar only VG $203 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, triangle-legend knobs (tone knob label a bit worn),
oval-button strip tuners, three-bolt neck w/ tilt
Dano SSEG w/ tube ampincase G $343 Clean,
light wear, logo strong, tone knob scratchy, amp needs some TLC, extra
set of NOS tubes incl.
Dano SSEG guitar only G $350 Clean, some
edge wear, logo strong, Grateful Dead Bears and Skulls abound
Harmony SBEG w/ OC VG $350 Clean, light
wear, chrome bright, logo strong, screw crack in pickguard at treble
horn & bass side lead pickup mount area
Dano SSEG VG <$600 Clean, light wear, some
buckle rash, logo strong
Kay SBEG E $375 Clean,
minimal wear, logo
strong, chrome shiny, 'cheese grater' pickup cover looks terrific, pots
17th week of 1962
Bonus look at the simple routing and wiring for this guitar:
Dano SBEG VG $330 Clean, light wear, coupla
dings, adhesive seep to knob inserts, triangle plate at neck attach,
logo never clearly pictured
Let's see... now we need something to plug
all these guitars into...
Dano tube amp MOD <$350 Re-cabineted, some
Dano SSEG tube ampincase only VG $343
Clean, some wear, latches show rust, adhesive seep to knob insert
Dano tube ampincase only VG $250 Clean,
light wear, one end notched out, one latch broken, trem functional,
scratchy pots, date stamp indicates Summer '63 build
Dano tube amp <VG $950 Clean, light wear,
handle worn, grille looks good (that's sunlight in the photo),
footswitch incl., recently serviced
Now, let's leave the electricity behind...
Kay FHAC VG $113 Clean, some wear and
scratches, some playing wear to fingerboard, logo strong, neck needs a
reset, tape at neck/body junction (covering a hole?)
Kay FHAC G $162 Clean, some wear and
scratching, finish checking, logo strong, pickguard missing, screws
at tailpiece pulled through, strap button missing, back needs a little
Harmony FTAC G $130 Clean, some
wear/scratching, neck needs a rest, logo strong
Harmony FHAC G $100 Clean, 'deco' logo
strong, some wear, finger shows playing wear, headstock has a couple of
We'll finish today's bag o' tricks and treats with this oddity...
it's not a Silvertone, it's not even Harmony or Kay made... but you know
I'm always on the lookout for guitars that tried to cash in on the
success of Buck Owens famous red, white and blue
'American' guitar seen on "Hee Haw," and this is one of the
It's from our Dutch friends across the pond atEgmond!
Egmond was kinda the Silvertone of Europe. Brian May, George Harrison
and Paul McCartney all started on one. Click that link up there for the
They're Not Always Frightening... a
few Frankentones turn out to be some right purty pieces... check out this
're-imagined' 1474 setup...
Dano tube amp MOD DNS Re-cabineted,
re-capped and ready to go. Reverb disabled.
Harmony w/ C VG $350 Clean, light wear,
logo worn, replacement black pickguard, NS pickup bezels, NS knobs, NS
tuners, some rewiring
And here's a happy little redecorating job on this 'dolphin nose'
Here's a made-for-the-season Frankentone, complete with a grinnin'
1420 Harmony SSEG MOD $249
Painted and decorated pickguard, replacement bridge,
mismatched knobs, plenty of dings and wear, replacement tailpiece,
faded logo, and some 'O FENSIVE' lettering 'round back...
Here's Today's Frankentone From The Crypt!
1448 Dano SSEG with amp-less case
MOD $154 The crime scene photos tell it all!
Let's make it a two-fer on this Tuesday...
Well, the neck (and maybe the pickup) on this lab-built beast is from a
Silvertone, anyway... probably harvested from a
Frankentone-A-Day! Here's a few new creations that didn't make
it into this year's gallery... we'll try and catch a new ghoul every day this week.
Kay FHAC MOD $89 Could use a good cleaning,
finish checking, high 'E' ferrule missing, 16th fret missing, (1) knob
missing, rare triangle-topped version with added Lafayette electronics,
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
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 Johnsonwrote 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 just had to feature ol' Frankie rockin' some Silvertonium. Enjoy!
Double Double Doozie! A good chunk of
money thrown at these two double plays!
Harmony HBEG w/ OC E $1552 Clean, minimal
wear, hardware shiny, logo intact, sat in a safe and then a closet from
Harmony HBEG MOD <$1400 Clean, light wear,
pickguard missing, logo intact, NS tuners/bridge/Bigsby, alternate
hardware incl., stress crack at jack
Harmony FHAC w/ C VG $2000 Clean, light
wear, second owner, headstock laminate replaced (stock piece incl.),
stamped F-70, serial #9632H169
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!
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.
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
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
1424 MIJ HBEG VG $104
Clean, light wear, logo tag looks good, whammy intact, stock knobs,
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,
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
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
286 Harmony FHAC w/ OC VG
$450 Clean, light wear, logo worn, stamped F-39, serial
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
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
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.
Harmony SSEG w/ C VG $355 Clean, some edge
wear, logo strong, one tuning post missing, pickguard date-stamped Sept.
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
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
Now, that's just beautiful! Check this dynamite 1448
setup, one of the best I've seen this year.
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
I Don't Want This To Happen to 'little
fish' like me, and, in turn, to all our Silvertone fans worldwide.
Support Net Neutrality!
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.
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:
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...
/ 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.