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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' Number 13 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 Spring Tour Page to get venue/show info and to keep tabs on the tour with photos and video.


'Aristocrat' 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 Silvertone World.

1417 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 nice 'Aristocrat.'

676 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 markers

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.

642 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!. Go!


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. Dan Auerbach's (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' shape.

1446 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...

1476 Harmony HBEG VG $275 Clean, light wear, logo strong, some chrome loss at tailpiece

OK, this is a little better...

1477 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...

853 Harmony Ukulele MOD DNS

Then, there is sadness... poor baby... still brought a decent price, though.

1365 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!

606 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!

1360 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!

1477 Harmony HBEG MOD $265 Refinished in "Surf Green," NS bridge, repair to treble horn of pickguard, some circuitry modification

One of the best of this Tele
clone that I've seen!

1413 Univox SBEG E $249 Clean, minimal wear, whammy present, prismatic 'Space Dot' looks good, original gig bag incl.

Great refinish, 'A' for effort on the logo...

1327 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.

852 Harmony Ukulele VG $140 Clean, light wear, graphics and logo strong, case rub on lower bass bout



The Silvertone Aristocracy is nearly complete! Join family members 674 and 676 for a meet and greet.


Here's a 'new math' word problem: Skinny 'C' style body + cupcake knobs = 1317!

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...

1446 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 almost there!) 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).

1300 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.

1321 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.

696 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 so-rare-I'm-not-sure-I've-ever-seen-one 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!

1352 Harmony HBEG 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.

1417 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.

1481 Dano tube amp E $255 Clean, minimal wear, square speaker cutout



"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 "Groundhog Day." I love that movie! There are those who says he spent over 33 years trapped in Punxsutawney.

1322 Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $676 Clean, light wear, 'deco' logo strong, NS knobs, scratchy pots

1425 Kay HBEG w/ OC VG $635 Clean, light wear, logo strong



Happy February!
Well, seeing as I'm concentrating on getting lots of new pages up (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 black pickguard.

602 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? Send me some pictures!


You'll be grinnin' while you're pickin' with our exclusive new Silvertone World Custom Picks! Head over to the Pick Store and grab a dozen or two in the bulk pack for some serious Silvertone-flavored strummin', all at great prices and free shipping on US orders.


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.

Unless otherwise noted, I'm rating them by what I see in the pictures and read in the description.

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