Silvertone King Dex Romweber is
hitting the road with a few dates in the Eastern US with his sister Sara
on drums, and some guests from Norway, Orbo and the Longshots,
a rockin' bunch currently in the Top 20 of the Americana charts. I spoke
to him last night to see if he'd be taking his
1448 on the road with him. It was
damaged just before Dex & Sara hit the road last year for the big Dex Romweber Duo
cross-country tour, and he had to bring in his
Danelectro re-issue two-pickup guitar to take care of the onstage
six-string duties. I've seen the 1448 onstage recently, and wondered if
he'd be bringing ol'
out on the road.
"We're gettin' geared up to go, it's gonna be a good tour, for sure.
I've been using the re-issue (two-pickup Dano), but I am taking the '63
(1448)... more as a backup because the thing's getting so old and
gnarly, but I'm missing it, and last night I was thinking about it and I
wanted to maybe soup it up for the main part of the show, and I'm not
sure what I'm gonna do, but I am taking it."
Head over to the
Tour Page to get venue/show info and to keep tabs on the tour with
photos and video.
pages done? Check. Popular '60s archtop 619 family page done?
Check. Alright, Silvertonians... next up in our pursuit of Every
Silvertone Ever™is the Danelectro guitar family. We've already got
several up, but we're gonna
finish out the entire family, revamp existing pages and get all the
Dano-built guitar goodness allowed by law online here for you at
Dano SSEG w/ OC G $330 Could use a good
cleaning, plenty of playing wear all over, logo intact but bent, some
tape on pickup adjustment screws
The very popular archtop acoustic, the 619
(and its nearly indistinguishable predecessor the 627 and blonde
partners the 618 and 630) now have a page up, chock full of photos, info
and catalog listings. Available for nearly a decade, it was certainly
the biggest-selling archtop series Sears ever offered. Go! Now!
Prettiest thing I've seen on the auction block all week is this
wonderful 676, an unusual specimen with dark back and sides. No
pickguard, and a couple of dings in the sides, but otherwise a right
Kay FHAC G $345 Clean, light wear,
headstock logo laminate looks good, pickguard missing, some side damage,
playing wear to neck, replacement tuner buttons, 'trident' fret
Since completing the 'Aristocrat' family pages, I've seen a few
nice ones come in over the auction line, and here's a pretty blonde 642
from earlier in the week.
Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $260 Clean, light wear,
headstock logo could use a cleaning, stamped L9915 8915
The Kay-built 'Aristocrat' family is now complete!
View the entire
electric and acoustic
families at the links provided.
Work has commenced and is nearly complete on the page for the popular
Kay-built archtop, the 619. Done!.
Funny how the ebb and flow of Silvertone World
unfolds in its own time, in our time, so many
years after our favorite instruments were retired from retail. This is
popular, this goes for a song, then that is popular and something else
goes cheap... it's all about the moment, and we try and keep tabs on
Silvertone World as if it were (and I really think is) it own little
microcosm, with things to explore and discoveries yet to be made; a
real... well, world.
For instance, right now, these 1454s seem to be a 'hot' gee-tar.
(of The Black Keys)
influence? Probably. He frequently plays the Harmony H78 that the 1454
is based on. That and, well, they're great guitars!
1454 Harmony HBEG w/ OC E $1199
Clean, minimal wear, logo strong, Bigsby intact, seller says
"The guitar appears to have not been played a whole lot."
The 1446 'Chris Isaak' never seems to go out of favor, even in 'meh'
Harmony HBEG G $775
Wear all over, pickguard missing, logo worn, buckle rash, some
checking/flaking, paint dots all over, selector switch tip missing
Then you scratch your head at a nice 'everything is there' 1476
going for less than three bills...
Harmony HBEG VG $275
Clean, light wear, logo strong, some chrome loss at tailpiece
OK, this is a little better...
Harmony HBEG VG $350
Could use a cleaning, light wear, logo strong, pickguard cracked/chipped
at jack, scratchy pots
Ukuleles are enjoying a resurgence, but not enough to sell this
bomber-style painted/decal'd 853. Of course, the $199 asking price _is_
a little steep...
Then, there is sadness... poor baby... still brought a decent
Kay HBEG MOD $378
Finish stripped from top, (1) NS knob, NS pickups, mismatched NS tuners,
pickguard screwed down all around the edge, laminate needs a cleaning,
damage to upper bout bass side
You know I LOVE the original boxes... So, I was super-happy to see not only a relatively rare axe in the
604-related 606, but
also in great shape, with the original box, how to play chart, record,
paperwork and receipt! $18.67 took it home from the Sears in South
Dakota.... went for a little more on the auction block!
Harmony FTAC E $125 Clean, minimal wear,
logo strong, orig. box, chart/record and receipt incl.
The rare 'C' body shape double-pickup'd 1360 in the even rarer
'flame red and black' finish!
Dano SSEG w/ C G $504 Clean, playing wear
at cutaway, logo gone, headstock split/repaired along treble-side tuner
line, cavity stamp indicates late 1956 build
Terrific refinish on this 1477, they even got a nice 'thin script'
logo for the headstock!
Harmony HBEG MOD $265 Refinished in "Surf
Green," NS bridge, repair to treble horn of pickguard, some circuitry
One of the best of this Tele™
clone that I've seen!
1413 Univox SBEG E
$249 Clean, minimal wear, whammy present, prismatic
looks good, original gig bag incl.
Great refinish, 'A' for effort on the logo...
Harmony SSEG MOD $575 Refinished, here's
the story: "This thing is so much a part of me now, it
feels like I'm about to write my profile for a dating site. ~deep
breath~ Here goes...Chip in corner of original pick guard, nicks and
dings around the outside but front & back are beautiful. I was told it's
a 1327 that was played until the fingerboard was worn practically
through to the neck and destined to be refinished to the original faded
sunburst (i.e. "shaded walnut" it was originally). During the process it
was revealed that the wood the body was made of was too beautiful to
hide behind a darker finished burst so a honey burst was the ticket.
Also, the neck couldn't be saved so another was fitted to the piece and
it practically plays itself the action is so low - oh! and it's got a
truss rod ta boot! Don't forget to have a look at the handpainted
"Silvertone" logo too, which I happen to love. The neck is definitely of
a more modern taper design and has a scale length of 25" and a nut width
of 1.712 measured via dial caliper. Needs one of those tapered plastic
strap pegs for the rear. The bridge hole is slightly off center in
relation to the strap peg hole and you might be able to see this in the
pics. I'm assuming the strap peg hole was commonly drilled prior to the
all important alignment of the tailpiece/bridge resulting in slight
centering issues that essentially affect nothing beyond the ability to
hold the strap peg more securely so it shouldn't be an issue. Never
needed one myself because when this baby wasn't in it's stand, it was in
my lap helping me figure out a new songs. Appears that this piece hung
by it's headstock flares for a time before knowing me and endured some
marking as well as color transfer from whatever the hanger was made of
(see pics). Never bothered me so I didn't do anything about it. Looks
like everything else is original right down to the screws & electrics
and if you've never heard one of these fired up through a tube amp
before you're really missin' out. For those that aren't aware, these are
hollow so you can let um hang on your shoulder through an all night gig
if need be without adverse affect OR pain killers."
Here's a fine 'Wahini Uke' that sold for a nice price the other
day, and I especially wanted to show you a neat detail in the actual
silkscreen on top. I don't usually see such a nice close-up of the area,
and thought you might be interested. Note how the design was masked to
have no ink where the bridge goes.
Harmony Ukulele VG $140 Clean, light wear,
graphics and logo strong, case rub on lower bass bout
Here's a 'new math' word problem: Skinny 'C' style body + cupcake knobs
Dano SSEG VG $550 Clean, light wear,
playing wear to neck, logo strong, NS compensated bridge, cavity
stamping indicates build date of Summer 1957
Well, here's a 'Chris Isaak' you don't see every day...
Harmony HBEG MOD $470 Clean, refinished in
a honey color, side left black (?), headstock laminated, NS knobs, NS
truss rod cover, pickguard missing, logo gone, patent # pickups
After I get the Aristocrats finished
(I'm almostthere!) my next
two projects will be to get the Kay-built acoustic 619 online and then the entire
Dano-built family up and running. The 619 was a very popular guitar and
turns up almost daily at online auctions. The Danelectro-built series of electrics
is wide-ranging and varied, and once we get all the models up, we'll all
know the difference between a 1300 and a 1321 (in this case, it's the
body width: 11.25" vs. 13.25", the knobs: 'cupcake' vs. smooth, line-marker'd
concave-topped, and the pickguard: clear vs. white).
Dano SSEG VG $525 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, playing wear to neck, numbers painted on fretboard, cavity
stamping indicates early 1958 build, mis-ID'd as a 1321 model.
Dano SSEG VG $400 Clean, light wear,
playing wear to neck, logo worn at 'rto,' some pick wear treble side of
bridge, possible split to pickup cover on treble side
Well, whaddaya know... here's a 619! This is a later-era model
that actually has a useful model stamping right inside! By the way, the
number 57 was the Sears department number for musical instruments.
619 Kay FHAC
w/ C F $128
Clean, edge/surface wear, light finish checking, pickguard missing, NS
tuners, heel lifting, logo strong, stamped 57-619, P3 and N15
This 1950s-era Kay model comes along every now and then, and this
one is in pretty good shape. Those 'string keepers' are something I've
never seen before, though.
Kay FHAC G $143 Could use a cleaning, some
surface wear/scratches, finish checking, NS metal bridge, 'wind chime'
logo string, some 'string keepers' on tuner posts
This Just In.... it's the
1375 and 1376
page just up. Go! Visit! Peruse! Ruminate!
Some MODs are diamonds, some MODs are stones...
Well, this one is a sparkler, for sure. I've always
wondered why a production model like this one was never offered, and
it's entirely possible this was a custom order from the Harmony factory.
It's really a classy job; from the old-school extra knobs to the P13 pickup
to the cut of the mounting ring and selector switch bezel. I imagine if
this was a custom Harmony-accomplished job that the selector switch
topper was a user addition, but it was added a long time ago, or a very
old piece was found.... I mean, look at the age mellowing on the die!
Great job, and certainly worth the money for the mod and the mojo!
w/ C MOD
$800 Clean, some surface wear and finish checking, pickguard missing, 'deco' logo
strong, some picking wear at bridge pickup, NS bridge, NS bone nut, additional
pickup/electronics/knobs/selector switch added
Here are a couple more exceptional Silvertones to come across the
wire from the weekend.
Kay SBEG VG $445 Clean, light wear, NS
whammy bar, logo strong, pickup cover 'arrow' silkscreen worn, weird finish
streaks on headstock, original gig bag incl.
"This is one time where
television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large
squirrel predicting the weather."
Bill Murray as Phil Connors in
Day." I love that movie! There are those who says he spent over
33 years trapped in
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $676 Clean, light
wear, 'deco' logo strong, NS knobs, scratchy pots
Kay HBEG w/ OC VG $635 Clean, light wear,
Well, seeing as I'm concentrating on getting
lotsofnewpagesup (click every word back there;
you'll get a new different 'Aristocrat' page), I don't have a money
total for this month. As I detailed last month in a few posts, I'm gonna
curtail daily everythingthatgetssoldonebay reporting in favor of daily
'highlights' and spend lots of time getting Every Silvertone Ever
up here on the site. Viva Silvertone!
If you haven't visited
January 2012, give it a look... it was QUITE a month!
Here's a nice early '600 series' Harmony-built Silvertone; I like the
well-rounded 'Jumbo' look! This was the first guitar in this
long-running series, and the first Silvertone guitar to sell on eBay for
February 2012. There was actually a predecessor, the 608, but it had a
Harmony FTAC VG $317 Clean, light wear,
'deco' logo strong, rust to tuner plates, some scratches down by the
strap button, NS bridge with a repaired crack in that area
The 608 is quite rare, and here's a Silvertone World
Exclusive: it was Roy
Clark's first guitar! I'm working on a page for it; look for it
soon. Here's the one and only
608 I've seen. Got one?
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/ 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.