One-Twelfth of 2012... gone!
My goodness... weren't we just toasting the new year and sweeping
up confetti? Well, it's been quite a month... if you read down through
what I've done so far this year... well, it kinda looks like I'm
slackin' off, but I assure you it's not the case. I'm using the extra
time afforded me by just bringing you auction 'highlights' to good use.
We've already got most of the 'Aristocrats' up (click on the screen
shots below to go to the acoustic or electric pages), and we're well on
our way to "Every Silvertone Ever," which is going to happen by
the 100th anniversary of the Silvertone name being used by Sears.
Here's a funky sound machine... this one comes with its original
case, but I wish we could find one in its box... I'd love to pin down
the Silvertone/Sears model number on this
lap steel. Block logo, so we at least know it's late 60s/very early 70s,
never appeared in any seasonal Sears catalog.
UNK Harmony Lap Steel w/ OC
E $206 Clean, minimal wear, chrome shiny,
block logo and 'fretboard' decor strong
hankeroo always seem to have some choice Silvertonium on hand, and
here's a little something that went for a tidy sum just last night.
Harmony/Gibson Humbucker Pickup only $216
Bezel broken, wear to chrome, patent # sticker mostly intact, screws
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."
Speaking of pickups, here's another from the same seller as last weeks
Dano Pickup $126
Little bit of tarnish, small nick at center separation, all
mounting hardware present
The Aristocracy Marches On! Here's
the page for the 680/682
models, the second pair of acoustic 'Aristocrat' models on the
Here's some craziness for ya... I usually just blow right
past things that totally don't 'look' Silvertone, but lately I've been
clicking a little deeper to see what's really going on with some of
these. This next wild one looks to be a Canadian-sold Silvertone judging
from the serif'd block logo that was particular to Canadian axes (no
model # sticker, unfortunately), and it certainly never appeared in the
States. Check it out! Similar to the
Domino 'Californian /
Rebel, which is itself similar to the Vox Phantom...
it's certainly in the Top 20 of the rarest Silvertones around. It didn't
bring its asking price of $975. I gotta get me some Simpson-Sears
catalogs.... there was some wild stuff going on up there!
Want some more rare? You got it! How about this, one of
the earliest Silvertone solidbodys, the 1361.
Kay SBEG MOD $495 Refinished, 'wind chime'
logo saved (huzzah!), tailpiece shows rust, original cupcake knobs and
'soap bar' pickup present, tuner buttons deteriorating
Been a while since we saw a nice 1442 bass. This one's in great
shape, and the price certainly reflects that.
Dano SBEG Bass VG $580 Clean, light wear,
chrome shiny, tailpiece cover present, logo intact but bent/worn at 'S,'
couple of side dings, screw crack at jack
Another rarity, the end-of-the-product-line Bobkat-based
Silvertone model 1477-2.
Harmony SBEG w/ OC G $350 Clean, whammy bar
missing, wear and checking all over, chrome shiny, logo strong
One more... this is the model I think I'm going to tackle once
I've gotten all the 'Aristocrats' completed. The 619 was a very big
seller during the '60s, and this example is the rarest of the bunch,
never appearing in a seasonal catalog.
Kay FHAC G $195
Clean, light wear, unique pickguard, aluminum headstock decoration and
logo look good, NS tuners, headstock broken at treble tuner line, neck
lifting, stamped P-7
An 'Aristocratic' couple joins Silvertone World...
new page and a big photo/catalog gallery up for the
670 and 672Kay-built acoustic archtop models. 'Every Silvertone Ever'
gets a little closer. Enjoy!
Here's a couple of rare six-strang twangers for your weekend.
First, it's the Wish Book only 'Value Leader'-based guitar from our
friends at Kay.
1458 Kay SSEG VG $610
Clean, minimal wear, finish and chrome shiny, logo strong, NS 'chicken
head' selector, NS strap button at neck screws, screw crack at bottom
'point' of pickguard, pots dated Spring 1960
Next, one of the very last guitars to be branded a Silvertone
MIJ SBEG VG $111 Clean, light wear, metal
logo intact, orig. gig bag incl.
Kind of a slow week, auction-wise.
Here's some good stuff that came across he wire the past couple of days.
Also, I should have some more 'Aristocrats' to unveil come the weekend.
Dano SBEG guitar only VG $589 Clean, light wear, logo strong, knob
inserts discolored, some buckle rash, all screws show some rust
676 Kay FHAC $441 Restored,
headstock laminate looks good, pickguard missing, some finish worn from
top, neck joint repaired. Read all about this guitar, the repairs made,
and give it a listen at
Jukebox Bonfire's auction write-up. If you want a great example of
how to sell a guitar, this is it.
Here's a seldom-seen Harmony cutaway flattop from
thought these were Kay-made for the longest time, until I got a peek
628 Harmony FTAC G $225 Clean, surface
wear, 6" crack in top bass side, bridge looks to have been re-glued,
pickguard needs re-attachment, logo laminate looks good, seller says
"The top is bellying up a little at the bridge area but
is not moving"
I love it when items come with their original boxes and
Dano tube amp VG $315
Clean, light wear, round speaker cutout, some grille staining, original
manual and box incl.
The real deal...
Dano Pickup $147
Looks like some chrome loss treble side, small dent on top
Harmony FTAC VG $290 Clean, light wear,
logo worn at 'S,' pickguard
Have no fear! The daily page won't
be going away, I'm just not gonna report on every ampincase and beat-up
strum box that comes along the auction wire on a daily basis for a
while, while I concentrate on getting Every Silvertone Ever
(that's my new motto) up on the site. I got a bunch of emails hoping
their daily dose of Silvertonium wouldn't be going away, and it's not.
We'll still be on the auction case, and you'll still get your ration...
it'll just be more... refined. Silvertone prices have held pretty
steady the past few years, so just give the
archives a gander if you need to cipher out a price range for
something (shoot, give the archives a look, anyway... it's great fun!).
Daily, though, I'll be bringing you the rare, the unusual, the
super-nice... like this one-of-a-kind Top Ten Rarest Silvertone Guitars
Ever. Check it out; it went up for auction near the end of 2011, and
didn't sell! It's an amazing piece, though; my theory is that it
was built by Harmony 'on spec' for Sears at the same time they were
considering the Kay-made 'Kentucky
Blue.' Well, we know who won that contest, don't we? Obviously
related to Harmony's wildly-painted 'Colorama'
guitars of the mid-50s (such as the
this example used the same shape scheme as the 'Trinidad,'
guitar. Sears didn't take the green-and-teal bait on this model,
but Harmony's sales team did have one success (sorta) at the same
meeting that pitched this guitar, the briefly-available 616. Described as 'Flamingo
Red' in its first catalog appearance (right alongside the debut of the
'Kentucky Blue'), and then demoted to a tiny illustration in its second
and final catalog listing (now dubbed a less exotic 'Tennessee Red'),
the 'Harmo-Metal' adorned acoustic was a poor seller.
OK, that was the rare... now here's the unusual.
Dano tube amp MOD
Oh, my. Here's a great description of the piece from the artist,
El Daga. "Si, I did see many SEARS SILVERTONE guitars and
amplifiers in my home country. Many were brought over in the 1960's and
played until they became dust in the street. So, para mi, SILVERTONE is
a historic brand. And as an artiste, their late 1950's-early 1960's amps
have the coolest designs (as also do the other catalog amps)... it is my
true "DIAMONDSILVERTONE". I have used a "crock" skin for the top and
bottom and laminate for the sides and front. And, of course, lots of
chrome. Check out the cool feet and the top handle. And the diamonds are
the breath of fire for this small volcano (note-these diamonds are
lightly attached and can be easily removed without damage to the finish
if you desire-or I can attach them permanently before shipment-your
choice-with or without)." He's got some
awesome pieces up on ebay (the amp below included), if you're
looking for some one-of-a-kind functional guitar art.
And, the super-nice...
Teisco SBEG w/ C E $600
Clean, minimal wear, logo tag looks good, whammy bar and all
knobs/switches present, chrome and finish shiny, serial #267897
Alright, Silvertonians... I've been
wrestling with what to do the past few days, and here's what I have to
tell you. Silvertone World is not my full-time job (though I wish
it was), I have a wife and two young'uns aged 4 and 7. Given that, I
have limited time during any 24-hour period to work on Silvertone World,
and daily auction reports take a lot of time to compile, leaving
me little time for new model pages. We've got nearly all of the amps,
and roughly 1/3 of all Silvertone guitars and other fretted instruments
up on the site with their own page, and I want them all here for
ya... yup, every last one one, from the 1930s right on into the 1970s.
So, here's what I've got planned: I'm going into 'Summer Mode' for the
foreseeable future... suspending daily auction reports while still
keeping an eye on the auctions, of course, because you never know when a
or other amazing rarity will come along. I'll report to you the most
unusual, uncommonly nice, or maybe just plain weird things that pop up
at online Silvertone auctions here on this page. With the extra time
I'll have, I will redouble my efforts to get every Silvertone ever
up on this site; which, I'm happy to say, has risen organically over the
past six years to become a Top Ten return on most
engine you wish to
check. My first push will be to finish up the
pages that I
started at the tail-end of 2011, and go from there.
There's a Neil Young song called
"Get Back On It." Well.... that's what
I'm a-gonna do! The first few days of 2012 have seen some fine
Silvertonium go over the auction wires, and we're here to let the
reporting commence. We're gonna jump on the horse with a couple of axes
in our saddlebags that shared the same catalog pages in the mid-60s, the
popular classic 'Chris Isaak' 1446, and the 'wonder why they didn't sell
more of these' 1439.
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG
Clean, light wear, light oxidation to pickup covers, finish shiny, some
light edge flaking, logo intact, stamped F-62, seller says
"The headstock was professionally refinished back in the
1980's and couple spots on the body were touched up. Otherwise, it is
all original. All controls and knobs are intact and work properly with
the exception of the treble setting on the 3-way pickup selector which
does not work."
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG
$700 Clean, light wear, logo strong, some playing wear to
neck, light buckle rash, repro pickguard
Friends don't let friends do this to their Silvertones...
Harmony HBEG MOD $256
Refinished, logo gone, NS pickguard, whammy arm missing, serial
#4403H1439, stamped F-66-M
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $500 Clean,
light wear, logo strong, NS tuners, (2) knobs missing, truss rod cover
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $650 Clean,
light checking, some surface wear, pickguard cracked/worn, logo gone,
(1) knob missing, serial #7501H1454
Harmony SSEG MOD
$306 Clean, light wear, logo worn, weird design on bass side
top, NS Rickenbacker 'toaster' pickups, NS knobs, NS selector, NS
tuners, NS bridge, NS small toggle "doesn't do anything," seller says
"There is a shim in the neck pocket to make the neck
angle work with the replacement pickups. Frets are in great shape. The
bridge is very hard to adjust, but functions."
Hey, a couple of the
better-looking-than-its-Kay-counterpart 'Thin Twin,' the 1381.
Kay HBEG w/ OC MOD $975 A bit dusty, logo
and pickguard design strong, NS strap buttons, seller says
"The sides and edges of back are oversprayed with very
thin coat of matched tinted lacquer. The top is all original finish. "
Kay HBEG MOD $809
Refinished (nice job!), NS tuners, NS jack, NS strap buttons, logo
laminate and pickguard designs strong, seller says "The
frets are in great shape, and that big chunky neck is to die for. The
only small annoyance is that the high E somes jumps out of the slot on
the bridge if you are a chicken picker."
Quick and easy differentiator between the 1450 (below) and the
1452? The 1452 has a white Masonite pickguard (just like every other
amp-in-case model), while the (briefly available) individually-sold 1450
has a faux-tortoise guard.
Dano SBEG VG $495 Clean, light wear, light
checking, logo strong, typical screw crack at upper bass horn, 2-bolt
neck, NS selector switch (orig. incl.), some NS pickguard screws, gouge
at neck joint area, seller says it is in the finish only
Dano SSEG VG $459 Clean, edge/surface wear,
logo strong, some pickguard wear, playing wear to neck
Dano SSEG Bass w/ C MOD
Poorly refinished, some checking, NS knobs, logo broken at leading edge
of 'S,' tuner covers rusty, sidewalls look painted
Dano SSEG with tube amp in case
$267 Clean, light wear to guitar and ampcase, logos
strong, knob inserts worn/discolored, seller says "I
plugged in the amp and did not light up." Guitar tested
functional through another amp
Dano SSEG with tube amp in case
VG $523 Clean, light wear to guitar and ampcase, chrome
and finish shiny, logos strong, NS knobs on guitar, stamping indicates
1965 build (so, one of the last of its kind), seller says
"guitar and amp has a classic clean chimy sound that really sounds
Dano tube amp only G $290 Clean, some
edge/corner wear, light rust to handle captures, 1/4" speaker jack mod,
NS footswitch incl., re-capped, reverb non-functional
Dano Tube Amp VG $265 Clean, light
edge/corner wear, peace sign painted on grille, handle worn but
functional, logo slightly worn, some tape residue on back panel, AC cord
has tape repair, tested functional with microphone, tremolo status
Dano tube amp $100 Looks good in limited
photos, logoplate bright, some drips or stains to grille, handle worn
Dano tube amp only MOD
Clean, some edge wear, light rust to handle captures and control face,
NS 'chicken head' knobs (nice touch on the two-tone), some new tubes and
caps, 3-prong AC mod
Harmony FTAC VG $150 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, tuner plates show light rust, NS strap button at heel,
seller says "SOME SLIGHT BOWING ON THE NECK, SO THE
ACTION IS A LITTLE HIGH, BUT IT STAYS IN TUNE WELL. IT IS A CHARMING AND
SOLID PIECE OF LUMBER!"
Harmony FTAC VG $61
Clean, light wear, logo strong, neck re-set, new frets
Harmony Baritone Ukulele VG $79 Clean,
light wear, logo strong, listed as a "children's guitar"
2574 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp w/ OC
E $77 Clean, minimal wear, Mother Maybelle record/tuning
wrench/warranty card incl.
2574 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp w/ OC
G $65 Needs a cleaning, rusty strings, yellowing keys, no
case or accessories, seller says "It looks like there are a few chord
pads that are loose and need to be re-glued."
Harmony Lap Steel G $175
Clean, surface/edge wear, 'deco' logo strong w/ some staining to head,
NS tuners, chrome dull
Harmony neck $70 No tuners or truss rod
cover, nut present, neck screws incl.
Alright, with 2012 already 1/36 over...
time to close things out, and open things up!
December 2011, we reported on nearly 300 auctions totaling
just over $84,962! That's FIVE
GRAND better than December 2010 totals, or the price that a
chunk of undeveloped land in Winterville, Georgia will cost ya. The highest dollar amount we tracked was $2500 for a fine Buck
'American' model. However, since not technically a
Silvertone, we'll let you know the biggest chunk of change for a
Silvertone branded instrument was $1475 for an excellent
"closet stored" 1446, the
'Chris Isaak' model. As far as amps go, it was a rare and rockin'
and very clean,1464
that took the top spot at $979.. The least amount of
credits transferred was $10 for a simple, clean, "How To Care For Your
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December 2011, give it a look... it was QUITE a month!
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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.