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
May goin' out with a bang! Some
great stuff these last few hours of the fifth month. Here, let me show
you some. We'll start off with a trip to Jupiter for a little less than
Harmony SSEG w/ OC E $850 Clean, minimal
wear, logo strong, pickguard print strong, plenty of glitter
Continuing the basic black theme, here's a beautiful 1303 from the
Dano SSEG VG $788 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, sidewalls a bit dingy, tuner assembly rusty
One of the nicest rare 1418 models I've seen.
Teisco MIJ HBEG E $895 Clean, minimal wear,
whamy bar missing, pickguard design strong, logo tag looks good, serial
Here are a few non-Silvertone treats I thought you might enjoy. A
lot of ebay sellers will put 'Silvertone' in their guitar/amp
description to help bring anyone interested in funky guitars in general
to their item. Here are a couple.
had this first one up for sale as a fixer-upper, and it brought in a
couple of Benjamins... it's an
Alden/Holiday branded version of a Harmony-built guitar in the
line, most closely matching (in trim, anyway) the
H1006 from the
mid-50s. Man, it looks like that 'Harmo-Metal' would eat your hands
up in some furious strumming...
Here's another non-Silvertone goody, but it was sold by our
friends at Sears & Roebuck. It's the rare ropin' cowboy stenciled
'Melody Ranch' guitar that retains the official 'Gene Autry' signature
endorsement. As the movie cowboy era gave way to the era of the TV
cowboy (the line changed in the catalog from 1955 to 1956), Gene
Autry was replaced by Roy
Rogers as Sears guitar endorser, and we had a 'singin' cowboy by the
fire' stencil to go with the new cowboy strummer. In 1957, the Roy
Rogers guitar was reduced to one available model, the
'childrens size' 600. In the 1958
Fall/Winter catalog, a ¾
size guitar was offered as the Silvertone-branded
model 612, but with the stencil of
the Gene Autry guitar (less his signature). By 1959, rock and roll had
replaced gallop and strum, and the Sears 'cowboy' guitar was no more.
Harmony FTAC G $71 Clean, edge/surface
wear, stencils strong, possible NS bridge, some sloppy gluing
Speaking of Sears guitar endorsers, here's the other one. This is
the one of the best Buck Owens 'American' models I've ever seen, and
went for a mighty fine price. If you'd like to get one of these, there's
'em up on ebay right now. Get out your wallet...
Harmony FTAC E $1441 Clean, minimal wear,
light checking, repro logo laminate (from Buck Owens Productions),
colors bright, NS nut, serial #9902H169, stamped F-70
Doc Watson, R.I.P. Influential and
awesomely gifted guitarist / singer / multi-instrumentalist Arthel 'Doc'
Watson has passed away. The man from from Deep Gap in Western
North Carolina began playing the six string late in life, starting on
a homemade fretless banjo (with a catskin head) at 11, playing a Stella
for a while, then using some wood-chopping money to buy a "good little
a mail order
guitar from Sears, Roebuck * in 1940 at the age of 17, and trading up
to a Martin (a D-28, of which Doc said "Compared to my guitars now, it
was like fretting a fence) some time later. Doc performed his
'traditional plus' music all over, with everyone in folk and bluegrass
you could name, and his gentlemanly charm and self-effacing manner will
surely be as missed as much as his incredible music. Thanks, Doc.
*Whether Doc's guitar was branded a Silvertone is
debatable. Many of the articles I've read mention Silvertone by name,
but in some interviews I've read and heard, Doc just says "Sears &
Roebuck." 1940 was the very beginning of 'Silvertone' being used as a
name for Sears' instruments, and the new moniker wasn't fully
implemented until the early 40s.
Here's a few interesting items that came over the auction transom
the past couple of days...
A very nice example of the sought-after 1472 amp, complete with bare
Dano tube amp E $350
Clean, minimal wear, square speaker cutout, 'tremolo' spelled
correctly, tremolo unmentioned, footswitch incl., seller says
perfectly in every way"
Wonder if James Bond plays guitar?
Dano tube ampinbriefcasecase MOD $81
What can you say? It's a 1448 amp in a briefcase! Great notes from the
mods have been done to the amp itself, although the input jack is new
and it’s got a new plug on the original 2-conductor power cable. I
also switched out every capacitor, mostly with Orange Drops, and a few
resistors that had drifted. (I’ll
be including the old parts with this auction.) The
cap job greatly reduced the 60-hz hum, but you’ll still get some buzz
especially if you crank it up all the way. So
you’re thinking that the 5” speaker’s going to cramp your style? No
sweat—Take a close look at the lower left side of the grille and you’ll
see that I wired in an extension speaker jack that mutes the 5-incher
when you use it. I plugged
this into an 8-ohm 12-inch and it really sounded great; then I plugged
it into a 4-ohm 2x12 cab and it sounded even better. "
More modified mischief, this time on an unsuspecting Kay-built
Kay SBG MOD $DNS Clean, light wear, huge
pickguard added, knobs re-decorated, logo almost gone, looks like it was
painted black all over at one point, tuners rusty
Another oddity this week in
Silvertone World is this neat little piece of doll house furniture that
sold at auction the other day. Handcrafted from an old cigar box,
there's brass nail heads for knobs and a tacked-on paper tuning dial,
and under the hood... tiny bulbs for tubes, and the crafter labeled it a
Here's a terrific piece of
Silvertone ephemera that I missed by 50 cents at auction the other day.
It's a photo postcard (wish I knew the date) of the "Virginia Hill
Billies." You can see Shorty on the doghouse bass, Tex on guitar, Jack on
the fiddle and right in the middle of it all is steel player Gile with
his fancy Silvertone amp setup. That's the very rare model 2334, offered
in the Fall of 1940. The steel Gile is playing has some angular
shoulders, so it doesn't quite match the steels being offered in the
Fall 1940 catalog, but
it does look like there could be a Silvertone 'Artist' badge up on the
headstock. The group was popular enough to have these postcards printed,
but I can't find a thing on an outfit called the "Virginia Hill Billies"
with the personnel listed. I reckon they're from Virginia, but I don't
know anything else. I found a link to the
history of radio
station WSLS that mentions the musical group "Virginia Hillbillies,"
and would seem to be in the right time frame and location, and the
Digital Library of
Appalachia seems to know something but I get a failed server connect
on the query, and there's a reference to a "Virginia Hillbillies" group
coming down and playing some tunes at this
Google newspaper link from Miami News of 1934. They apparently never
recorded, and so my search hits the wall. Anybody know any more about
A Tale of Three... Chris's? Isaaks?
Minis? Meh... It's Monday; I can't think of anything snappy. Anyhoo,
here's three fine 1446 models in various degrees of preservation going
for some OK moolah. It's just fun to have three sell this close together for
the sake of comparison and contrast. Have a gander:
Harmony HBEG G $850 Clean, light wear,
light finish checking, NS tailpiece replacing absent Bigsby, logo
strong, two holes in headstock, bottom strap button missing, 'G' tuner
Harmony HBEG G $860 Could use a cleaning,
some edge/surface wear, logo lightly worn, paint residue on truss rod
cover, pickguard modded at bridge, some buckle rash
Harmony HBEG w/ OC G $500 Clean,
surface & edge wear, pickguard and truss rod cover missing, logo strong,
side has long crack centering on jack, NS tuners, frets show playing
Here's a rare bird that only flies by every now and again... it's
the all-mahogany 623, available only in the 1966 Wish Book. Obviously
related to the long-running 600 series, this Harmony-built strummer
stands apart with its faux-tortoise binding and pickguard and mahogany
goodness all around.
Harmony FTAC VG $208 Clean, light wear,
logo double-screened, action high
Don't worry, 1484s are as popular as ever... here's a nice 'un... with
1484Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $895
Clean, light wear, light 'rust dust' to faceplate, rev/trem
functional, footswitch incl., cabinet stamping indicates Fall 1965 build
Tan and Ginger? Sounds like a
drink... but it's the finish/trim package of our two featured items
today, a snazzy Dano-built guitar and a cool treble clef-adorned Valco-made
amplifier. They were auctioned separately (and separated by 7 years or
so in the Sears catalog), but they'd look great together! The guitar is
the most common version we see of the 1359; there is a very rare earlier
version with the wider headstock and back-of-the-headstock teardrop
volute of the 1377
and an exposed 'duraluminum' truss rod. The 1300 amp (also sold as a
Tone master and a
model 200) is in mighty fine shape, with its
schematic beautifully intact, and the decorative tube protection
screen grid onboard.
Dano SSEG w/ OC VG $1550 Clean, light
playing wear to neck and top covering, logo strong, neck pickup cover
looks slightly split on the treble side
Well, they're not 'really' Silvertones,
and I have no idea who built them for Sears, but we see examples of the
XL line quite frequently. A few were tube-powered early on, but by 1972,
it was transistors all the way! Today's first up is a good example of a
Sears-branded 40XL. This amp changed innards mid-stream, becoming a 'Space
Dot'-ted solid-state amp in 1971.
Sears tube amp VG $425 Clean, some edge
wear, some wear to control face, back panel missing, tube dampers in
place, rev/trem functional
Speaking of Space Dots, here's a pair of acoustic strummers from the
Land of the Rising Sun the we don't see too often. It's unusual in that
it is actually branded a Silvertone internally, and sports a distinctive
'moustache' bridge and squared off headstock. The first one's a had a 'Strad
O Mike' pickup and controls added.
FTAC MOD $139 Clean, light wear, NS
pickup/controls added, prismatic 'Space
Dot' looks good, inner label clean, NS tuners, NS truss rod cover,
pickguard design slightly worn, three-piece back, zero-fret shimmed on
Just before the MIJ 12XX series of acoustic guitars took over,
these guitars ruled the roost, being the longest-available and
largest-selling acoustics in the Silvertone line, and these two examples
were near the end of that line. The first example, the 643, was the last
6XX in the line, just before the catalog wide "upgrade" of acoustic
numbers from 6XX to 12XX in 1968.
Next, it's the first in the 12XX series, the 1214.
Harmony FTAC w/ C VG $50 Clean, light wear,
logo strong but slightly worn (or not completely screened) at second
'e,' neck needs a re-glue, serial #3608S1214,
orig. booklet incl.
Loss/Gain. The sky blue-refinished (with stripes!) 1477 down there
also got new guts, so some lucky Silvertonian got this full kit
(everything but the tailpiece) of parts for just $65! Looks like the
buyer may a have a little re-building to do.
Looks a little more 'Jumbo' to me
with this replacement pickguard. It's the big-bodied, pinched-waist
618 Kay FTAC MOD
$379 Clean, playing wear, finish checking, logo strong,
seller says "This
one is ready to go, with new tuners, new nut, new pickguard, neck reset,
bridge reset, frets leveled and dressed. "
Oh, hey! almost forgot, Silvertone World got an unattributed quote
shared in Chicago magazine this month!
Click the graphic for the entire article.
Here's another nice strummer we don't see every day; the
snowflake-adorned Harmony-built 632. Went for a song!
632 Harmony FTAC VG $62
Clean, light wear, logo strong, slight crack along bass side back at
waist, serial #2617H632
A Tale of Two Blues... Kentucky, that is.
Kay FHAC w/ C VG $350 Clean, some edge
wear, finish faded, 'wind chime' logo strong, tuner buttons
deteriorating, light rust to tailpiece
Kay FHAC w/ C VG $263 Clean, nice and blue,
light wear, logo strong, pickguard missing, slight neck pull
One more Kay-made music machine to round out your day... pass the
Grey Poupon, it's an Aristocrat!
Kay HBEG VG $497 Clean, light checking logo
laminate looks good, pickguard design shows slight wear, NS tuners
I know I'm a day late for
Young MC's birthday, but I
figured I'd share
this vintage sighting with you anyway. At about the two-minute mark into
his "Bust A Move" video, you can see
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist
amusingly laying down his bass line through a
Harmony H-191, also sold as
the Silvertone 1340.
And... it's FRIDAY! Time for a Silvertone DANCE PARTY! Look at
those rockin' tunes! Everybody twist!
Well, I knew it was gonna go big... but, WOW! Remember that 1377 from April? What a great piece of Silvertonium!
Here's the bit I wrote on it a couple of weeks back: "One Of A Kind... I
don't usually say that, as the reality of that statement is
few and far between.
And, I don't usually do this, bringing a guitar to your attention
before the final auction gavel has come down. However, this is a
unique guitar, and it deserves some wide exposure to our select audience
of Silvertonians. It's the very early Dano-built 1377 from 1954, and this
example was owned by a Mr. Glen Carver, who worked at Sears corporate.
Instead of the usual thick script 'Silvertone' and lightning bolt in
maroon, we've got Mr. Carver's name engraved into the headstock laminate
plate (the flipside is blank). Glen wasn't much of a player, apparently,
as this guitar shows almost zero wear.
Pots are dated 137422 (Manuf.
by Chicago Telephone Supply in the 22nd week of 1954), and
the seller says it's been in storage
in Maine for fifty years! It's a great piece of guitar history, and
Danelectro history in particular. You can see many of the Dano features
we've come to know and love in a near prototypical stage: the simple yet
elegant bridge (wider, and made from aluminum instead of chromed steel),
the not-yet-lipstick'd pickups hiding under a vacuform bump in the
pickguard, the stacked V/T knobs (just as they would appear until 1967),
the wider 'Coke Bottle' head taking shape, a 'Duraluminum' truss rod
running from headstock to bridge (later truss rods would be steel, two
of them, and just in the neck), and the familiar Les Paul™-like
shape of the body, seen until the early 1960s. Awesome!" 1377
Dano SBEG E $3050 Clean, minimal wear,
light oxidation to bridge and 'Duraluminum' rod
Lots more from this weekend! How about a ready-made collection?
There were two Silvertones included in this terrific array of guitars.
The entire shebang went for $1042! In this lineup of six-string
strummers we had hardwareless top-cracked Kay-built 619 (mis-ID'd as a
Harmony N-2, second from left), a Silvertone 641 (second from right),
and an assortment of other Kay and Harmony boxes, including the fabulous
Harmony All American
(third from left)!
Na na na na na na na na BATWING! POW! ZAM! BIFF!
Harmony SBEG VG $616
Clean, light wear, whammy bar and string mute (!!!) present, chrome
shiny, logo strong, (1) knob missing, string mute spring missing
1484s continue to be strong sellers...
1484Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet NM $1709
Clean, minimal wear, rare molded footswitch, rev/trem
functional, stamping indicates late 1964 build, estate sale find; in
storage virtually since purchase
tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $780 Clean,
light wear, some oxidation to jack nuts and handle captures, cab
re-grilled, date stamping indicates Summer 1963 build; the first year of
this amp's availability, seller says "Head
was just serviced for 300 dollars ,,,new caps,,new 3prong plug, new
output jack ,, etc No issues at all,, Runs Quiet & Smooth
and Everything works great including the Tremolo and Reverb"
Dano tube amp only MOD $335 Clean,
re-upholstered in black, rev/trem functional, seller says:
AMP GUY JUST CHECKED EVERTHING, REPLACED A FEW CAPS AND ADDED A 3 PRONG
CORD FOR SAFETY. NEW PLUGS, NEW TOLEX, NEW HANDLE, NEW RUBBER FEET,
NEW HEAT SHIELD. NO HUM, POTS ARE SMOOTH WITH NO FUNNY NOISES. ONE KNOB
HAS A CHIP."
kay FTAC VG $135 Clean, light wear, slight
damage to bottom near strap button, logo strong but double-screened,
stamped S-69-ML, original box incl.
How about a cool little Supertone from the mid-1930s?
203 Harmony FTAC VG $170
Clean, light wear, stencils strong, 'crystalline silver color
fingerboard' finish shows some playing wear
Let's end up this Cinco de Mayo weekend haul with a trio of double
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $900
Clean, light wear, logo lightly worn, NS bridge, Bigsby paint worn, some
finish checking, DeArmonds dated May 13 1964,
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $1150
Clean, light wear, logo strong, lamination lines showing at headstock,
some finish checking
Dano SSEG VG $372 Clean, light wear, logo
worn, cutaway strap button missing, plenty of gold flecks, re-fretted,
swoop neck cutaway and aluminum cavity cover indicate one of the last of
these to be sold
Dano SSEG VG $322 Clean, playing wear,
finish checking, pickguard missing, logo gone (painted over?), pots
dated 24th week of 1960, cavity stamping indicates Summer 1960 build,
mis-ID's as 1415
Harmony SBEG VG $525 Clean, playing wear
and a ding or two, NS nut, NS neck screws w/o ferrules, truss rod cover
missing, logo faded, light rust to chrome, some pickguard shrinkage
Harmony SBEG G $550 Clean, playing/edge
wear, logo 'shamed,'
I'd like a Combo, please... We
visited the popular 1482 the other day, and here's a fine
just-before-it-changed-its-stripes example of its predecessor, the 1472.
The round speaker cutout had been ditched for the cheaper/quicker square
cut (although a few 1482s had round cutouts), and the red-border control
panel (the 1482 would be a strictly monotone affair) now sported the
correct spelling of 'tremolo.'
Dano tube amp VG $328 Clean, minimal wear,
NS brass corner protectors, (1) replacement 12AX7, cabinet stamping
indicates a build date of Summer, 1962.
May I? I think I shall. Let's start
the fifth month off with five fun pieces of Silvertonium. We'll start
off with the "Amp Of The Moment™," the well-loved Dano-built combo, the
1482. These amps are surging in popularity right now, bringing some good
money, and supplying some lucky players with a strong, tremolo-laden (if
you want it), room-filling, PA mic-able, studio-recordable, tube-powered
15-watt sound mosheen
Dano Tube Amp VG $377 Clean, light wear,
square speaker cutout, tremolo functional, couple of pieces of
masking tape on back, no footswitch, cabinet and speakers
date-stamped 1963 (first year of this amp's availability)
Now for an OK, but kinda rare 'Aristocrat'... it needs a little TLC,
but still nice.
Kay FHAC F $277
Clean, pickguard missing, top shows heavy playing wear, three
all-the-way-through cracks at bass side f-hole, headstock laminate in
good shape, 'cheese wedge' markers look good
An ampincase bargain. Gimme!
Dano SSEG and tube ampincase VG $250 Clean,
some wear to guitar and ampcase, amp functional, logos strong,
amp-to-speaker wire spliced/taped, early version; triangle knob inserts
(amp AND guitar), oval-buttoned strip tuners, no shots presented of the
back but I'd reckon a two-bolt neck
A little Land Of The Rising Sun Silvertonium... it's the
Teisco SBEG VG $400 Clean, light wear, a
little buckle rash, whammy arm locked down (spring and parts incl.),
logo tag looks good, serial #173169
Some Kay 'Thin Twin' innards... we rarely get a look at these
babies without their guitar surrounding them. The 'blades' coming out of
the massive magnets are the 'Thin' in 'Thin Twin!'
Kay pickups only $399 Tested functional,
original leads full-length and in good shape, mounting screws and
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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
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