Abbreviations: M-int, NM - Near Mint, E- Excellent, VG- Very Good, G- Good , F-air, 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, BIN (Auction ended at 'Buy It Now' price), UNK - Unknown manufacturer or model number, ACC - accessory. ALL RATINGS SUBJECTIVE.
Unless otherwise noted, I'm rating them by what I see in the pictures and read in the description.

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Quite a busy Silvertonin' weekend
as we put the capper on March. We'll total out the month tonight and tomorrow, and get it in gear for Spring with April! I surely thought that very rare mid-pickup 1448 setup would bring more than it did! What's up with all these solid state 14XX amps... three in a row! Also, an ampincase festival!  First scalloped headstock I'd seen on a Kentucky Blue, shame the seller didn't ever take a full pick of the headstock from the front... What's up with those Teiscos? Seen 'em in a catalog? I haven't! Sure wish I could find some 'inside the store' pictures of the Sears music departments... I guess you never really take pictures inside a store....

Posted 4/1/08

1448 Dano SSEG guitar only VG $233  A few light edge stains, some 'slanty' mailbox sticker residue from a previous personalization

1300 Dano SSEG w/C G $415 Refinished/refretted neck , NS tuners, logo obviously missing, 'swoop' cutaway style , 5-side aluminum access panel , pot codes 137841 - 41st week of 58, a transitional guitar.

1445 Kay SBEG G $377 No tailpiece/bridge, crack at neck , NS selector knob, missing on 'top hat' knob, pitting of insert in knobs, family of original owner
1481 Dano tube amp VG $240 Clean, one small ding on front edge, slight glue seep on knobs

1449 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp incase VG $820  Slight picking wear by treble pickup

1449 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp incase VG $696  Grille slightly pushed in
1446 Harmony HBEG F $495 Finish checking/wear , also on back, worn logo

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $415  Very clean, a few siding stains

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $430  Earlier two-bolt no-tilt neck, triangle insert knobs, very clean

1448 Dano Manual G $11 Read Listen Learn record sleeve also included
1372 Kay HBEG VG $825 Neck wear, light finish checking/flaking, stamped 4365 6288

12830 Silvertone PA System F $203 Original Magnavox speaker, collapsible mic stand, 3 of 4 chicken heads missing, untested capacitors looked 'leaky,' ca. 1940
1472 Dano tube amp chassis only G $113 Red border, 'tremolo' label spelled correctly

1464 Dano Solid State amp only VG $82 Trem/rev functional, 3 prong AC mod, some writing in white on back; undecipherable in pics

1465 Dano Solid State amp only G $92 Rev works, trem unknown, cosmetically good

1464 Dano Solid State amp only G $51 Rev works, trem doesn't, covering in good shape
1423 Harmony SSEG w/OC G $338  Worn screen print on pickguard, crack at logo on headstock

1483 Dano tube amp and cabinet VG $360 Very clean

1478 Harmony SBEG VG $334 Repaired headstock , pickup selector switch tip missing

1214 Harmony FTAC F $23 Non-separating crack from bottom to bridge

Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $510 NS tailpiece, original strap incl.

800 Banjo G $76 Resonator

1484 Dano tube amp only G $300 Trem/rev functional, NS tubes

1484 Dano tube amp w/ cabinet VG $795 NS tubes, NS speakers, Trem/rev functional

643 Harmony FTAC G $60 Light edge wear, thin script logo
621 Harmony FTAC  MOD $42 Repainted around edges NS tuners, serial 9660H621
653 Kay FHAC 'Kentucky Blue' VG $255 Rare 'scalloped' headstock , stamped
L3335 5520
1390 Dano tube amp MOD $200
9075 Unk tube amp G $86 Tubes light, no sound, cover included

1423 Harmony SSEG w/OC VG $493  NS tuners, pot codes date to '62

1394 Dano tube amp G $213 Tremolo works, some staining to grille, flying V logo present, a few dings on case, scratches on control panel

1457 Dano SSEG Guitar only w/NS HSC VG $695 Clean, some edge wear

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $357  Small filler repair to fretboard; nearly invisible

1482 Dano tube amp MOD $326
Seller says: "Case dissassembled to the core, reglued, and 1/2" Finnish Birch Ply Baffle Board, Tone Tubby 12" Hemp Cone speaker with efficient, articulate ceramic magnet,  All worn caps, fuse, and resistors professionally replaced, New preamp tubes. Matched Soviet Military 6V6 power tubes (yowsa), Proper grounded 3-prong power cord and plug, Strong gig-quality back supports make case completely buzz-free, Original Silvertone Tremelo foot switch"

1430 Dano tube amp G $150
1437 Teisco MIJ SBEG VG $788 Silvertone logo missing, model sticker missing, comes with gig bag

1300 Valco tube amp VG $477 A few corner dings, back panel in place, Sams photofact sheet included, 3-prong AC mod

662 Classical  G $36
1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $495   Super rare early example with two-bolt neck with offset strap button, no neck tilt, and a mid-placed pickguard. 'Gum-drop' knobs , strip tuner, all stock, very unusual, amp's all good

1255 ukulele G $39  Small dings, some edge wear, block logo

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case G $316 Some edge wear to case, no knobs on guitar

Funny how things happen sometimes
here in Silvertone world, look at those two lap steels below. The auctions ended within four minutes of each other, the serial numbers and conditions of the pieces were a world apart, and the money for the nice one was better than double the other. A little more shine, a case, and a functioning volume knob was all it took to bring in the bucks. That particular lap steel is pretty interesting anyway, it's the
Valco-made model 1311, advertised as "NEW" in the Spring/Summer 1958 Sears catalog, its model # changed to 1442 in Fall/Winter '59, and it was the sole lap steel available in the major catalogs until retirement in 1962. I'm working on pages for the steels (there weren't that many offered from '40-62), so look for that sometime this spring. Anything I'm not covering? Send me some suggestions, I'll do my best!

Posted 3/28/08

1311 / 1442 Valco Lap Steel w/OC E $355  Shiny knobs / finish / metal, serial #T8283
1311 / 1442 Valco Lap Steel G $159 Volume stuck at max, slight bubbling of finish on shoulders, serial  #T20555

1471 Dano Tube amp VG $204 NS Sovtek power tubes, covering has light wear, insides clean, handle worn

1487 Teisco SBEG w/ onboard amp body only $114 'Silver Tone' sticker missing
1464 Dano Solid State amp Original Manual $5 PC board schematic

1421 / 1327 Harmony SSEG G $249 Logo worn , NS bridge, toggle tip missing, (1) strip of tuners NS, (1) tuner key bent

1420 Harmony SSEG w/C G $400 Long scratch / buckle rash on back, light rust on neck screws, repair to bridge
1444 Dano SSEG Bass G $300 Logo missing, NS knobs , wear to finish at jack, headstock wear, original tuners, vinyl sides painted black
1485 Dano Tube Amp G $345 Dirty, in storage for 30 years, trem/rev functional, NS knobs , 'placeholder' settings markings on faceplate
1204 Harmony FTAC G $70 Thin script logo
UNK Kay Mandolin w/C G (MOD?) $275

2574 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp VG $51 15-chord, tuner, books 

1448 Dano SSEG guitar only G $233   Edge wear , NS knob tops ,
signed by Darren McCartey of the Red Wings (hockey) and Grinder's lead guitar player, Billy Reedy.

UNK Kay FHAC VG $357 'Triangle Top' Stamped N14. Another mystery. Seen one in a catalog? Email me.

604 Harmony FTAC w/OC G $72 Light rust on tuners, pickguard chipped, serial 8326H604, stamped S-65

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case G $430 NS knobs, felt lining missing from non-amp side of case, earlier model w/ two neck screws and no tilt adjust

623 Harmony FHAC MOD $300 Bridge pickup, jack and electronics package added (I would have put the jack in an endpin, but that's just me); NS pickguard serial

1466 Dano Solid State amp only G $78 Looks good, fuse holder cap missing, untested, lights up, supplies 'signal' to speaker, but nothing was plugged in to test signal chain
1423 Harmony SSEG w/C VG $600  BIN Clean, headstock dings, logo broken , professionally replaced truss rod& fingerboard markers

A mystery in Silvertone World... solved! Silvertonian MITCH has helped me solve the mystery, and actually solved TWO (we also have one, maybe two, still pending). He found the 1304, as we now know the brown model to be, in a 1958 Sears Wish Book paired with a matching brown 1389 amp that I'd never seen a listing for before either. Look for a full page with this new info soon! Apparently guitar and amp were 'holiday only' specials, as neither item have appeared in major seasonal catalogs.

Time to start rooting through Wish Books to find the model number identity of the BLACK finished model now! I bet we're also going to find the 1451 amp offered somewhere along the way! Do you have a Sears Wish Book from 1957-through 1962? Send me a scan of the guitar and amp pages, and earn your  Silvertone Merit Badge!

UNK Dano SSEG VG w/C $415 I've got to figure out this mystery. This guitar, as it appears, has never been listed in any major seasonal catalog. The finish is also unique: the majority are brown with gold sparkles, although I've seen a few stock black. The pickup is in a different position from any other Dano-built 'U' shape Silvertone guitar. The headstock is obviously the 'Coke bottle' style, but the inside pot codes and neck stamps of the examples I've seen place them right on the line of the Coke bottle/Dolphin nose headstock dateline (1959/60). The examples I've seen have had both the pre-Dolphin circular access panel on back as well as the 5-sided pressed aluminum.

Any ideas? Was it a Sears 'store only' guitar? Did Danelectro have a bunch of 'Coke bottle' necks left and needed something to do with them? Was the pickup position trying to be the best of both worlds, inbetween lead and neck position?


Posted 3/20/08 revised 3/26/08

1446 Harmony HBEG $495 Um... it's 'Burnt Orange!' Obviously refinished (back still black), logo missing, headstock dings, NS knobs

1451 Dano SBEG guitar only G $388 'Thick script' logo , bass side of pickup split , stamped neck , rusty neck screws, finish clean with LOTS of glitter

853 ukulele G $62 Light scratches

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case G $360 A few blemishes on side vinyl, scratches on back, NS knobs, NS tuners, dime size ding on front edge, early two-screw neck attachment w/o neck tilt , narrower neck attach point and slightly pointier horns than later models

1482 Dano tube amp G $246 Round speaker cutout, NS speaker (11" Peavey), corner dings, tremolo functional, back panel missing

1448 Dano SSEG guitar only G $317 Ding on pickguard

802 Closed-back banjo  G $61(1) broken headstock tuner

1482 Dano tube amp VG $435 Square speaker cutout, 3 prong AC mod, slight scuffs but really very clean

Harmony FTAC G $3 Stamped S-64
UNK PA Amplifier VG $173

1457 Dano SSEG with tube amp in case VG $500 BIN Some edge wear, a few dings, amp in good shape

688 Kay FHAC G $223 Some wear to logo, slight neck separation
1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $760 Early triangle knobs very clean , NS speaker in amp, light scratches on back
710 Harmony FHAC $108  Signed by Jeff Beck ,
Jennifer Batton (Michael Jackson's lead guitarist), and Steve Alexander, stamped 2735H710

1421 Tube Amp VG $259 '10XL' Very clean, re-capped, cleaned, some resistors replaced, tremolo functional

1255 ukulele VG $30 Original box included, books/manuals incl., Space dot logo

600 Series Harmony FTAC $103 (2) NS tuner pegs, finish has dings and some edge wear, 2 inch crack on back, could not read internal numbers, amusingly advertised as ca. 1940s

604 Harmony FTAC P $20 Pickguard cracked, tuner strip missing, finish checking
710 Harmony FHAC MOD $178  Gretsch knobs, generic pickup, homemade pickguard , refinish, at least they taped off the Silvertone logo

653 Kay FHAC w/OC VG $335 Clean paint job,  pickguard present, stamped
N-1, L6650 5520

1423 Harmony SSEG w/C G $315  Missing three knobs, "electrical problems," buckle rash, thin script logo
1472 Dano tube amp G $300 Round spkr. cutout, red border, 'tremlo' misspell , tremolo functional, some corner dings , stock tubes

1471 Dano Tube amp G $136 Speaker cone missing, cosmetically good, (2) rubber feet missing, one cracked
1487 Teisco SBEG w/ onboard amp G $256 Guitar output works, amp does not, one knob cracked

1429 Harmony HBEG VG $700 Listed as a 1454.  Very clean, some headstock wear, pickups dated Oct/1962, cracks at jack

1482 Dano tube amp VG $405 Square speaker cutout, some corner wear

1472 Dano tube amp VG $320 Square spkr. cutout, tremolo functional, minimal wear

14XX Series Teisco MIJ Neck, screws, neckplate $24 Logo flaking off

1444 Dano SSEG Bass G $186 NS bridge , NS knobs , refinished, logo missing

1423 Harmony SSEG w/C G $536  Pickups dirty/pitted, pickguard has light yellow stains, buckle rash, some finish flaking, metal headstock logo
1212 Harmony FTAC G $50 'Space Dot' logo, Cracks on top

1296 Harmony FTAC w/OC VG $70   Tailpiece still shiny , block logo, 3 inch crack in side

1420 Harmony SSEG Body only $129

1423 Harmony SSEG w/OC VG $536  NS bridge , 'G' tuner slightly bent, Very shiny finish, (3) NS knobs, but laid out nicely with the stock knobs:

661 Tenor Guitar Kay w/C VG $270 Small ding on upper left bout. Here are my arguments for this being a Kay: and . Seller did not divulge stamped number inside. These were only offered in the major seasonals during '64 and '65

1296 Harmony FTAC G $20 Block logo

Dano SSEG G $315 Logo worn, dings on back, NS knobs, CTS pot codes date guitar to 1960.

1448 Dano SSEG guitar body only $125   Painted red, no parts

1422 Tube Amp VG $430 Best example of this amp I've seen. Clean, stock, all functional, one quarter-size ding on left side panel

1304 Dano SSEG Parts $255 Everything you need to build your own 1304 Dano-built Silvertone , back is sanded partially clean but some brown with sparkles remain, new lipstick pickup included along with original that has a split in it

 $890 Here's a weird one: , the seller said it's just like a Silvertone his family used to own, the body is the body of a Kay-built 1361 (Silvertone 1361), but the 'blade' pickup , pickguard material , knobs and cavity cover material   is the same used in the Kay K-161(K-161 pickguard area), the so-called 'Jimmy Reed' model. No logo on headstock . Go figure.... certainly a unique guitar. I've never seen anything like it in a Sears catalog; the 1361 and 1363 (two-pickup) were only listed in the Spring of 1954, the first Danos displaced them in Fall/Winter 1954.

1385 Harmony HBEG VG $1225 NS pickguard & bracket, logo broken ,  body crack below p/g bracket , Centralab pots coded 1346120=20th week of 1961

618 Kay FHAC G $103 Deco logo , loose neck

710 Harmony FHAC G $59 Bridge missing, serial 2288H710, stamped S-57

1478 Harmony SBEG w/OC G $405 Rusty bridge , NS whammy, NS tuners, pickguard screw chip, edge wear, some repainting to dings, pickups dated 1965

1212 Harmony FTAC G $62 Space dot logo, stamped F-70

604 Harmony FTAC w/C G $71 stamped F-67

1445 Teisco MIJ SBEG VG $149 So-called 'Ventures' model, stock knobs, electronics in good shape, missing whammy, 'swoop' headstock, block logo

1255 ukulele G $6 Block logo, sloppy bridge re-glue job, Arthur Godfrey push button chord maker attachment included
1451 Dano SBEG guitar only VG $690 BIN  'Thick script' logo , tone control non-functional, a few edge dings, otherwise very nice, pot code 1376608= Chicago Telephone Supply (CTS) made in the 8th week of 1966

710 Harmony FHAC F $310 Sold as a combo deal with two other Harmony-branded guitars

Classical w/C G $
1420 Harmony SSEG Body only $139
1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $435 Still has cord keeper, light damage in one corner of speaker grille

1214 Harmony FTAC w/C G $72 Light scratches, a few dings, bridge looks solid, stamped 598S1214, this is the last Silvertone-branded guitar of this model line
1418 Teisco MIJ HBEG G $168 NS whammy, logo missing, don't confuse this guitar with the more common 1455
UNK Microphone F $8 I believe these came with Silvertone tape/wire recorders

1484 Dano tube amp only G $350 Untested, looks good
803 Banjo w/C G  $82 4-string w/ resonator, no hadle on case, tape residue on headstock
1316 Valco Lap Steel G $196
619 Harmony FHAC F $123 Neck pulled away from body, missing (1) tuner

Quite a week
in Silvertone world, we've seen a lot of instruments pass through since last I wrote. Probably the nicest of the lot was that Kay-built 1372 hollow body electric, and the rarest was that (not strictly Silvertone) Supertone 'Crest' model. Interesting to see that 'skier' model ukulele from two different logo eras, and how about that Silvertone promo tape measure? I'd seen the lighter before, but never the tape. Also, one of the nicest 1484 amps I've seen going for a little over seven Benjamins, as well as a beautiful Dano 'Coke Bottle' 1300 Silvertone going for a 'Buy It Now' price of $875. In the amazing shape it was in, that was a bargain.

Check out that UNKnown guitar down there... what is that?  Fake? Re-model? Frankentone?

Posted 3/18/08

1317 Harmony w/OC HBEG E $650 Nicest I've seen, very little wrong with it; a small binding pull by the pickguard bracket , some 'swirl' scratches, even the case looks great

1457 Dano SSEG with tube amp in case G $308 Edge wear/dings, corner dings/scuffs on amp, tear in speaker, neck wear

1457 Dano SSEG with tube amp in case E $1177 Prettiest I've seen, clean, shiny finish; even the headstock is ding-free, footswitch included
1455 Teisco MIJ P $100 NS bridge resting on coins, whammy missing, logo missing, NS Gibson humbucker pickup, knobs gone... might not even be a Silvertone
1483 Parts $18 Speaker baffle, handle w/ one capture, both 'amp keeper tabs'
1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $710 Cool triangle insert knobs some edge wear, some discoloration on vinyl strip , pick wear , NS speaker

$172   Don't know what to make of this one... it's got a shape like a Harmony-made1326/7/1420/21, a similar model pickup, but the pickguard and knobs are clearly non-original, and the headstock logo  just doesn't feel right...  any ideas?  Fake? Re-model? Frankentone?

Kay HBEG G $670 Refinished , neck wear, crest headstock , cigarette burns on headstock , stamped L265 3688

1455 Teisco MIJ HBEG G $124

1425 Kay HBEG w/C VG $385  Missing bridge thumbwheels
1429 Harmony HBEG w/C VG $710 Relocated strap button , light headstock wear, serial #1665H1429, stamped S-61-JW
1449 Dano SSEG Guitar only VG $870  CLEAN! , NS tuners, light headstock dings
1423 Harmony SSEG Body only $61 Finish rough

1352 Lap Steel w/OC VG $499 Incl. pitch pipe & bar, case is worn, guitar looks very good

1444 Dano SSEG Bass w/OC VG $430 NS saddle, pot codes

1212 MIJ Classical G $52
Supertone 'Crest' G $149 NS tuners

1483 Dano tube amp only VG $275 Some NS tubes
1482 Dano tube amp MOD $193 Square speaker cutout baffle replaced by pegboard (!) baffle, re-capped, NS tubes, 3-prong AC mod, ca. 1984 Fender speaker replacement, trem functional, the usual dings/scrapes
1431 Dano tube amp MOD $139 Recovered in black vinyl (OK job), new grille cloth, no handle, (1) NS knob
831 ukulele VG $125  Skier design , script logo
Zippo Silvertone tape measure $2 Promo item for Warwick manufacturing

800 Banjo G $78 Resonator

1448 Dano amp in case only G $136 Tubes light; no sound, corner/edge wear, some wear to inner lining

1481 Dano tube amp VG $245 Very clean, all stock, dirty knobs

1255 ukulele VG $40 Late 60s model, block logo, advertised as a 1952 for some reason, original box, poly pak with manual & felt picks incl.

605 Harmony FTAC w/C F $26 Pickguard missing, painted fretboard , no logo, stamped

604 Harmony FTAC w/C G $45

1474 Dano tube amp F $331Trem/rev work, large ding on both corners , dull/worn faceplate

856 ukulele  G $45 Baritone model
1484 Dano tube amp w/ cabinet VG $710 Bright and shiny , slight corner dings on cab, otherwise covering cab and amp very nice, all stock

831 ukulele G $61 Skier design , with original box, deco logo

1484 Dano tube amp w/ cabinet G $406 NS tubes, rev/trem work, oxidation on front panel, light rust on xformers, dings/edge wear to cab and amp

604 Harmony FTAC w/C G $192 (?!) Whatever

1482 Dano tube amp G $225 Square speaker cutout, NS tubes, MIC channel gain mod
1478 Harmony SBEG w/OC G $171 NS rhythm pickup , NS whammy/knobs/tuners, pickguard relocated 1/3"

1457 Dano SSEG amp chassis only $130 No case, project
Dano Rev/Trem footswitch $76

1464 Dano Solid State amp with cabinet G $113 (1) speaker removed from cab, the usual dings and edge wear
1410 Teisco MIJ SBEG w/OC G $85 NS pickups, whammy missing

1448 Dano SSEG Guitar Only w/NS HSC F $179 NS tuners / 3 missing shafts,  headstock wear, dirty knobs

1434 Dano tube amp G $538 One corner damaged , grille has some discoloration, handle very worn , logo intact

1232 MIJ Classical VG $52

1300 Dano SSEG NM $875 BIN Cleanest I've ever seen, finish is beautiful, neck barely worn, heasdstock/logo super clean, pot codes covered by solder, inner block stamped ; 10th week of 1958

1481 Dano tube amp VG $222 Very clean, back panel doin' that weird tilt thing

1481 Dano tube amp G $186 NS knob, one knob worn , cord keeper mod on back panel

Valco Lap Steel G $263 a scuff or two

1484 Dano tube amp G $491 Corner dings, tremolo untested, some slight cover tearing on one corner, oxidation of front panel, rusty xformer, back panel missing

1449 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp incase VG $788  A few dings on back, some edge wear, ampcase has minor corner dings
1448 Dano SSEG Guitar Only
MOD $305 Mirror pickguard, custom artwork, no logo, NS knobs

Dano Tuners $20 Endcaps present, no screws or ferrules

Dano Aluminum Nut $15

1482 Dano tube amp G $250 Round spkr. cutout, covering looks good, rev/trem status unknown

853 ukulele VG $52 Bridge and finish look good, found in attic
1420 Harmony SSEG body only $78 No tuners, no electronics, bupkis

1405 Teisco MIJ VG $66 Dime size ding on lower left bout, otherwise pretty clean

1410 Kay SBEG G $123 Tailpiece cover and bridge missing, tailpiece rusty, dings, edge wear, stock knobs worn

1230 Classical w/OC VG $99

643 Harmony FTAC w/OC G $64 A few scuffs, slight bridge lifting, stamped F-67

800 Banjo G $81 Resonator, 5-string, closed Kluson tuners, gig bag
1311 Valco Lap Steel w/OC VG $407 Best-looking 1311 I've seen, very shiny, no visible wear, some deterioration of sparkle tuner buttons , serial #T36745

604 Harmony FTAC w/OC G $100 BIN Same seller had two nearly identical guitars

604 Harmony FTAC w/OC G $100 BIN It would have been interesting to compare serial numbers

That modded 603 has got to be one of the most insane, yet coolest mods I've ever seen on a Silvertone. Starting with a lowly Harmony-built 603, Joe Naylor of Reverend Guitars added a lipstick tube pickup and its attendant electronics, a well-adjusted Bigsby, a roller bridge and more to rev a simple plywood beater up into a hi-powered rockin' machine.

Here's the official list:
- Bigsby B500 tremolo added.
- Roller bridge added.
- Neck reset at correct angle.
- Strap pins added.
- Wilkinson EZ-Lock tuners added.
- WD Lipstick pickup added. Height adjustable.
- Neck sanded down to plain maple, radiused to 12", refretted with Dunlop 6105 frets. Large white side dots, and brown colored fretboard sections added. Fretboard clearcoated with satin urethane.
- Volume (bass side knob) & tone (treble side knob) controls, and sidejack on metal football plate added.
- Strung with 11-50 gauge electric strings.


Posted 3/11/08

603 Harmony FTAC MOD $482 See feature above
1211 Harmony FTAC VG $136 block logo , serial #313681211, stamped S-69

Dano tube amp VG $435 All stock, clean covering, footswitch included
1448 Pickguard $13 Some pick wear
1465 Amp badge $5 Rough
ukulele VG $80 Nice wooden case inluded
Harmony SBEG w/C VG $420
Dano SSEG Bass w/OC G $333 Pickup split , NS tuners, homemade pickguard, edge wear, paint touchups, headstock logo still present

1483 Dano tube amp only VG $355 Worn face plate, re-capped, NS Sovtek power tubes
Teisco MIJ Neck $34
Harmony HBEG w/C VG $408 'P' style pickup, NS knobs, one tuner slightly bent, serial #
3713 H61, stamped F-55

Harmony SBEG w/OC VG $257 Dings/edge wear, two screw cracks on pickguard

1446 Harmony HBEG Project  $206 Body only, refinished poorly

UNK Kay FHAC VG $205 Very clean, stamped
N3 and L5857

In like a lion;
isn't that the phrase? It's been a busy March so far on the auction front, no real unusual items (except that super-nice super-rare (super ugly) Kay-made 1361 ) , just a lot of good, solid deals on our favorite guitars and amps.

I did get an interesting email from a Silvertonian out San Antone way. Seems he found this

in his local dumpster. And it works! I know, I know... we should be so lucky. Well, maybe one of St. Patty's leprechauns visited him early this year.

Posted 3/10/08

1464 Dano Solid State amp only G $56 No AC plug, untested, 'BOSS' stick applied to front panel

ukulele G $25 Clean, w/original box
Harmony SSEG VG $500 NS Blender knob, NS tuners

Solid State Amp VG $49

Oscar Schmidt Autoharp w/OC G $56 How-to record and tuner included

1210 Harmony FTAC w/C VG $38 Clean, nice, no apparent issues
1481 Dano tube amp G $159 NS speaker, logoplate missing, covering pulled off by tape
1476 Harmony SBEG VG $410 , Clean, minimal wear, back of pickguard stamped
Jan. 5, 1966
604 Harmony FTAC G $83 Scratches, headstock edge wear, missing edge piece , stamped S-64
UNK Harmony FHAC PROJECT $84 No tuners, bridge, pickguard; taipliece and nut are present, large crack on lower bout & residue from stickers that used to read 'LESLIE'

1423 Pickguard $13 (2) screw cracks , screenprint worn
1438 Teisco MIJ SBEG Bass w/ HSC VG $330 NS 'E' tuner , light dings/scratches

604 Harmony FTAC G $27 High action

1483 Dano tube amp and cabinet VG $391 Covering & grille look great, rusty handle captures & xformer, canvas 'cord keepers'

1446 Harmony HBEG VG $788 Jack crack ,  surface scratches, pickguard missing, weirdness at bridge ... what is that? Some kinda mute?

Dano tube amp G $209 Square spkr. cutout, cap issue; 'pulsing' sound, back panel missing
Harmony SBEG G $179  NS upper strap button
604 Harmony FTAC w/OC G $41 NS pickguard, serial #6843H604, stamped S-57
1372 Kay FHEG Body Only $315 Wear/dings, action high before stripped
1455 Teisco MIJ G $148 'Space Dot' logo , whammy bar gone, pickup bezels cracked, 
1206 Harmony FTAC $50
1482 Dano tube amp MOD $240 Square spkr. cutout, cream with speckles paintjob , back panel unpainted

1448 Dano SSEG Guitar Only
G $335 Minimal dings, stock tuners/knobs

1381 Kay SSEG G $600 Cig burn on headstock , original jack hole greatly enlarged/abandoned , new jack near tailpiece
1392 Dano tube amp VG $225 Handle worn, covering looks good, some discoloring of grille, logo in place
1207 Harmony FTAC F $21 Unusual guitar, slotted head , parlor-size body
1425 Kay FHEG VG $735 Lookin' good, script headstock logo
682 Kay FHAC w/C VG $527   Neck pulling away from body, small binding pieces missing, dings/scratches

1484 Dano tube amp only VG $450 BIN Trem/rev work
1317 Dano SSEG w/C G $777 Dings/scratches, pickguard missing, stock knobs, edge wear on headstock

Kay bridge $22

Kay jackplate $23

Kay archtop pickguard $78 With Bracket
1210 Harmony FTAC G $60 The usual edge wear and scratches

1482 Dano tube amp VG $275 BIN Square speaker cutout, very clean covering, small hole in grille
1415 Dano SSEG E $840 BIN Neck wear , otherwise super nice, pot code 1376127

1245 Kay FHAC w/C G $178 Scratches dings, some binding lift

1423 Harmony SSEG w/C VG $655 Wood bridge split/repaired

7448 UNK Speakers G $18 Mark Twain set Brass pulls intact

1333 Dano tube amp G $228 Logoplate in place , edge wear , NS back panel , NS AC cord, small hole in grille
1410 Teisco MIJ G $56 No whammy, finish flaked/chipped

1420 Harmony SSEG body only $100 No tuners, no electronics, no bridge or pickguard

1477 Harmony SBEG w/OC G $273  Some big patches of paint missing on top upper edge

1448 Dano SSEG Guitar Only
G $327 Some edge wear, NS knobs

1455 Teisco MIJ w/C E $243 Very clean, NS drilled-out (but still pretty cool) whammy handle

1420 Harmony SSEG G $295 Edge wear, selector knob tip missing

1850 Oscar Schmidt Autoharp G $179 Electroharp with tube amp in case, with tuner accessory, serial #7364

1420 Harmony SSEG P $118 Dings, patches of paint gone, discolored pickguard, logo nearly gone

1457 Dano SSEG Guitar only VG $480 Still has cord retainer
1449 Dano SSEG with tube amp in case VG $965 Edge wear on front and back of guitar, pick wear near bridge , logo at headstock worn
1396 Dano tube amp G $1425 'Flying V' logo present , 6L6 Sovtek tubes; remainder stock Silvertone, some grille wear, seller rated 7.5 out of 10, 'smoked out grille cloth'

1420 Harmony SBEG MOD $317 Refinished, logo missing

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $515 NS tuners, worn/dirty knob inserts
662 Classical w/C G $88 Stamped S-65

604 Harmony FTAC w/C P $24 Sanded/peeled top,  and it's been personalized with some scrawled lettering: "EADGBE and Jennifer loves Jason"

1482 Dano tube amp VG $245 Round spkr. cutout, corner dings, NS tubes

1457 Dano SSEG with tube amp in case VG $650 Vinyl sides clean , speaker has tear/repair, a few light dings to headstock and amp case, stock footswitch included neck stamped

1483 Dano tube amp and cabinet VG $296 Nice setup, clean, some light dings to cab

1446 Harmony HBEG w/OC VG $910 Seller bought in guitar1963 from music store, crack at plug-in , dings on neck and headstock, some edge flaking, some crazing of finish, "
number inside of body 48061 and a E or a K and1446"

1431 Dano tube amp VG $181 All stock, some yellowing of grille, covering looks good
1483 Dano cabinet logo plate $47 With one clip

1444 Dano SSEG Bass F $327 NS tuners, a bit banged up, playing wear , sticker residue on left upper bout,  'KING' logo on heasdtock

1361 Kay SBEG w/OC E $1279 Looks great, a few minor blemishes, deco headstock , 'cupcake' knobs , from 1954; part of the dawn of solidbody electric guitars. Looks a lot like a Harmony Stratotone, but experts tell me it's a Kay!

Kay Neck only $16 Earliest 'Kentucky Blue,' no tuners or nut

Harmony FTAC VG $511Block logo , very clean, design worn from pickguard , last of the Silvertones
1422 Sears tube amp F $260 'XL40' model, rough front panel , re-capped, NS speaker, trem good, rev not working,

1448 Dano SSEG Guitar Only
G $307 The usual edge wear, one surface ding on front left bout,  pot codes 137 64 31 31st week of 1964

 UNK Banjo w/C G $125 BIN Closed-back design, 4-string tenor
Dano Bass Bridge plate $20 Chrome shiny, no saddle or screws

643 Harmony FTAC G $51 Edge flaking , string twirl scratch at headstock , linear scratches in finish on front,  serial 214H643
1454 Harmony HBEG G $416 No nut, no bridge, missing two tuner sleeves, one selector tip missing, crack/repair on headstock, electronics good, all knobs present
1481 Dano tube amp AND UNK Teisco MIJ SBEG w/OC Both VG $470 Amp has a couple of rusty screws, guitar clean with whammy intact

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $510 Guitar and amp both clean with minimal wear

Marching on in Silvertone World
after a bang-up February; $86,107 changing hands for the 283 items I tracked on these pages during the shortest month of the year. The high dollar bringer was that as perfect as you're likely to find 1448 setup going for $1882, and the low ball item was a tunerless 1405/1410 neck going for $9. Here's what went: Twenty-four (!) 1448 guitar/amp/both setups, Fifteen 1484 amps, Ten 1457 amp/guitar/both setups, Eight 1481 amps, Thirteen 1482 amps,  Five 1423 'Jupiter' guitars (or bodies thereof), Twelve 1483 amps, and a heapin' helpin' of other assorted  Silvertone-branded guitars, amps, ukuleles, mandolins, speakers, parts and accessories.

Sooooo... let's see if we can top that for March! We're off to a pretty good start, I'd say. Quite a varied bunch for the first few days of the month;  don't see too many 1425 or 1245  guitars and we've got one of each, a very nice 1474 and a sad 1474 separated by only $180, a very nice 1448 setup going for relatively small bucks, and a quote from ebay user chucksguitarshop on the 'very nice' 1474 I mentioned:
"That is the Holy Grail of 1474's. There were 4 different circuits (that I know of) listed & sold as the 1474. This is only the 3rd of this type (including mine) that I've seen in the last 10 years. Put a jumper in place of the reverb & WOW. Possibly the finest vintage Amp ever made. By the way, this amp puts out Roughly 20 watts RMS per speaker running Class A dual mono. The original P12Q's are only rated at 13 watts (although the reissues are rated higher). Stuff an old set of 25 watt Greenbacks in there & you'll NEVER find a better vintage amp."

We don't see any 1432 amps for a while and then BOOM! Two within a few hours of each other.

I've also gotta mention that UNK model Kay-built hollow body electric that went for no money (well, 81 bucks...). It's a rare 40s model, the only other one nearly like it I've seen is a 1323 model from the F/W 1946 catalog. These were the only Silvertones ever with that lightning bolt on the headstock and the knobs on the upper left bout.

Posted 3/3/08

1446 Harmony HBEG w/OC VG $1575  The usual headstock dings, some wear/pitting on both pickups, manual included

1421 Tube amp Project $77 Cabinet not pictured, function unknown

1483 Dano spkr. cabinet only G $110 No speaker, cab looks good, a few dings
1420 tube amp E $125  Covering and grille look great, with block-logo'd manual(!)

615 Harmony FTAC VG $25 High action, some separation , stamped s-65, serial 2929H615

1425 Kay HBEG G $410 A few dings, scratches, looks like all parts stock

1474 Dano tube amp F $356 Covering is pretty rough, (1) NS speaker, trem woks, rev unknown, (1) knob missing

1484 Dano tube amp G $255 Intermittent tremolo, reverb not working, NS xformer, NS tubes

604 Harmony FTAC F $17 Pickguard missing, NS tuners, stamped F-65

1482 Dano tube amp G $260 Round spkr. cutout, spray painted grille, covering and back panel look good, tremolo works

1448 Dano amp in case only G $104 Split in amp panel, corner dings, grille looks good

606 Harmony FTAC VG $53 Very few dings, little wear, with original box

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $425 Guitar vinyl sides are dirty/yellowed, ding on amp at grille edge

1482 Dano tube amp VG $327 Square spkr. cutout , noisy pots, 1/4"/RCA jack mods on back , some corner dings

1484 Dano tube amp G $465 Rusty xformer, rusty/pitted panel, NS tubes, corner dings on amp & cabinet, trem/rev unknown. scratchy pots

1487 Teisco SBEG w/ onboard amp F $197 Amp not working, (1) cracked knob, missing tuner, with gig bag, both back covers in place

1245 Kay FHAC G $111 Headstock dings, NS tuners, bolt-on neck

1464 Dano speaker cabinet only VG $200 Covering good, stock Jensens, amp keepers & back panel present

Dano single button footswitch G $50

UNK Kay HBEG F $81 Lightning bolt headstock, no electronics, refinished , (1) tuner button missing, top separating, a rare instrument, one of the first Silvertones

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case VG $510 Guitar very clean with minimal dings; shiny , edge wear to case

1432 Dano tube amp G $316 Tremolo weak, cigarette burn on top of covering, logo missing (bummer!), grille has browned , some writing on top cover near handle , worn handle

Dano dual button footswitch G $41

1448 Dano SSEG w/ tube amp in case E $660 Super clean and complete, still has cord keeper thingy, manual and original cord , some teeny tiny dings on case, scratchy volume on amp

1432 Dano tube amp G $350 Scratchy pots, worn handle, corner dings/edge wear , logo present

1474 Dano tube amp VG $533 Trem/rev not working, a few scrapes/dings, type '3' circuitry

1457Dano Tube amp only G $104  Big tear on back of case

1255 ukulele VG $92 Block logo, in original box, manual & felt picks included

1455 MIJ Neck $46 No tuners, nut and binding yellowed, string keeper bar present

853 ukulele G $51  Chip at neck , hairline cracks front/back/side

608 Harmony FTAC P $20 Crack running full length of back , fretboard wear, pickguard missing, monster sticker, stamped F-60

1484 Dano speaker cabinet only E $158 No speakers, logo tag present, stamped 3165= 31st week of 1965(?)

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