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
November / December 2012
Well, seeing as I haven't updated in a couple of
weeks, I guess you can tell the season is getting the
better of me. I did post some great new vintage
holiday ads from Sears, if you'd like to give them a gander... I'll
see you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in January!
Wrapping Up November in fine style,
with some amazing bits of Silvertonium. We'll start things of with two
dynamic duos that have managed to stay together for several decades, and
it's nice to see them carry on together.
Our first rare pair is a faux-alligator-and-tweed 1331 combo amp
and a "Newport-"style
Harmony-built guitar, likely model #1380. I say 'likely,' because this
model was never listed in any catalog. I did, however, come across a
newspaper advert galley a year or so ago that I bought on ebay that
revealed the yellow model of this guitar to be the model #1379, from
late 1956, which fits right in with the availability of the 1331. Click
on the graphic at the end of the lineup to view the vintage 1956 ad.
1379 series Harmony SBEG paired with 1331 Dano tube amp
G $910 Both could use a good cleaning, amp
powers on but otherwise untested, estate find
Next up, we have a 'Wish Book-'only inventory-clearing pair made
up of a Kay-built 'Value Leader'-based guitar that was sold with a 1407
Sears tube organ amplifier.
(combo model number w/ 1458 guitar and 1407 amp) VG $XXX Clean, light
wear, logo strong, seller says "Tuners
replaced with period correct set. Original pickup selector switch
replaced (will include original). Guitar has been wired to bypass the
tone and volume controls, however there are brand new pots included,
should you choose to activate. Tiny part of bottom of pickguard is
broken (pictured), causing you to be careful when un-plugging instrument cable.
Guitar sounds great, but can definitely use a re-wiring by a
professional. Original chipboard case is in great shape. Amp:
Lots of visible water damage from long ago on top and back of amp.
Bright and beautiful vintage tone (not the "woofy" sound of other
similar period amps). Volume and vibrato work perfectly! There is a
low-frequency hum, as the amp comes with the original two-prong power
cable (3-prong conversion can be performed by your local pro amp repair
guy). Tubes have not been replaced, and the amp has not be serviced.
This amp does require a RCA-to-1/4'' connection for your instrument."
How about a couple of big, beautiful 'Aristocrats?'
The very first, in fact!
FHAC VG $420 Clean, light wear, logo
laminate looks good,
Fishman pickup added, NS tailpiece, some tuner button shrinkage,
modified pickguard (faux tortoise overlay)
FHAC w/ OC VG $200 Clean, some wear and
scratches to top, logo laminate looks good, some rust to tailpiece, some
tuner button shrinkage, interesting two-tone wood to fretboard, seller
action is really high, it definitely needs a setup."
Let's take a quick visit to the late 1930s with this beautiful
Silvertone "Crest." Check that fancy binding!
Harmony FHAC VG $595 Clean, some wear and
light checking, logo laminate looks good,
stamped S-39, serial
#2591H2255, seller says
all original aside from the repro pickguard & endpin. One small cleated
back repair (stable). Heel strap button removed and filled. Case in good
condition, taped handle and shows wear."
Lastly, but certainly not leastly, is this fine 1429 from our
friends at Harmony.
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $1375 Clean, light
wear, logo intact, truss rod cover broken at tip, stamped S-60
How About SILVER
Friday? Sounds good to me! Here's some real 'doorbusters'
Harmony HBEG w/ OC E $2500 Clean, minimal
wear, logo intact, light oxidation to p/u covers, serial #3956H64
Harmony HBEG w/ OC G $545
Clean, fair amount of wear, finish checking/flaking on side, logo
intact, 'S' on pickguard shows some wear, back separating at upper bass
A little Dano action with this 1450 (hey, remember to check the
new page for this guitar!)...
Dano SBEG G $490 Clean, edge/surface wear,
logo strong, split at neck attach
Let's go waaaaaay back to the late 30s for this terrific Valco-made
amp, the Supertone 2310/11 or as the catalog designated the outfit in
1938, the 2298.
Valco tube amplifier VG $305 Clean, some
covering wear, hole in speaker grille, AC cord replaced, handle taped,
note overstamping on model number plate
Here's an exciting note; you can still get the
incredibly rare lap steel (that had to be Valco-made too, right?) that
went with this baby! I'm not sure I would have split 'em up, but I ain't
OK, if you took Chris Isaak on a trip to Jupiter and
had Hello Kitty with a can of spraypaint as a stowaway, here's what
Harmony SSEG MOD $1250 The body and neck of
a 1423 and the guts of a 1446, with a classic LP stop tailpiece and
Teisco SBEG with solid-state amp on board VG $299
Clean, light wear, logo strong, orig. strap and gig bag incl., amp
1381 Kay SSEG VG w/ OC $1150 Clean, light wear, light checcking, top
strap button re-located, logo laminate and pickguard design strong, case
Let's intro this next segment with a neat little find; a Chris
Isaak / Silvertone flyer from the very early days of the band... say...
oh, mid-1980s. It's for a gig at the On Broadway Theatre, right above
Mabuhay Gardens (the 'Fab Mab'). Check the detail pic with Chris
holding his 1446! How did this piece of ephemera come to us nearly
30 years later in such great shape? Seller says "I
asked the person I got them from how they managed to be so pristine,
that he obviously didn’t take them off telephone poles like I did way
said he picked them up from stacks at record stores, then he would slide
them in between the records he bought in the bag, then put them in a
file folder when he got home." Oh yeah, the flyer went for
Now, on to a few choice 1446 models and some parts to build yer
Here are a few 1446 parts, all going for a nice sum, the first
seven lots from the same seller, so probably the same guitar.
Body / neck $228 Truss rod cover and nut incl., logo
strong, long crack on bass lower bout repaired ('not the best work' says
Pickguard $75 Missing bracket and bumpers
Pickup and mounting bezel $158 Patent number sticker
Pickup and mounting bezel $183 Patent number sticker
Tuner set $204 Screws/ferrules incl.
Knob set $79 Some dings and paint smears
Bridge assembly $41
These three parts are from a different seller.
Selector switch mounting hardware $20
Neck, nut, neck attach screws $62 Truss rod cover missing, fret &
fretboard wear, some binding peeling away on treble side near nut, logo
Pickup mounting ring $30 Body attach screws incl.
We've Got It Good here in Silvertone
World, let me tell you. We love crazy old designs from the past, some of
our favorite artists are still playing Silvertones, and we can
get our very own Silvertone guitar or amp for way less than some
misguided, trend-driven person paid for this Chanel bag... $2600?!?!?
Seriously? If you had put this bag in with any number of $10 bags
from the bargain store, I would not say this one looked out of place. In
fact, here, you... you pick out the 2,600 dollar bag.
Give up? It's the third one from the left, a "Chanel Black Classic Flap
Bag New Silvertone Hardware," the same kind that Victoria Beckham
maybe)! Whoop-de-doo! The other bags? All results of $10 already
sold eBay auction search on "purse." The only reason the expensive
Chanel slipped into my eBay search was because of the Silvertone (which
looks more bronze-ish to me, but whatever) hardware, and this is what
got me ol' brain-wheels a-spinnin'...
Rare? Oh, yeah! But look at that price! One of the rarest
Silvertones available, one of the very first production model electric guitars available, a milestone in Dano/Silvertone
history.... and not even $700. Plus, we get something just as valuable
out of the auction... a look INSIDE! Check how the 'duraluminum' rod has
notches cut in it to accept the pickups. Note that the bridge is not
mechanically coupled to the square rod that runs the length of the neck
and stops just shy of the bridge. In the second picture, see how the
(not-yet-lipstick-tube-covered) pickups are merely taped to the back of
the pickguard, nesting in their vacuformed bumps, and check the huge
plate the circuitry is built on. Third pic, check the fitting
cuts in the pleather covering as the material is applied to the
Dano SSEG VG $644 Clean, light wear, some
chips out of pickguard, 'lightning bolt' logo laminate looks good,
covering wear at cutaway, bottom strap button off, some neck issues
OK, here's a super-rare, Valco-made combo amp from the late 40s,
and we didn't even break half a grand! Also, this auction
revealed a design 'feature' in these amps; check the last photo in the
1340 line. See that brown paint to bare metal fade? The fade area is
underneath the amp chassis on the side the tubes are fastened. I guess
the paint person on the Valco assembly line just shot along the front
edge of the bent chassis that were clamped up somehow to allow the
underspray that we see. After I noticed it, I went back to confirm it in
other 1340s. Some examples, the paint edge cuts off clean (as if blocked
or taped) and fades like this one in others.
Valco tube amplifier VG $440 Clean, light
wear, 'Silvertone' on grille a bit faded, handle looks good, insides
clean, attached schematic in good readable shape
How about this fine 'dolphin nose' headstock'd late-era Dano-built
Silvertone? Just $650!
1417 Dano SSEG w / C VG $650
Clean, some neck and surface wear, logo broken/worn at 'S,' internal
stamping indicates 1960 build
You could get this much-sought 1478 'Silhouette' in
terrific condition for way under a grand!
1478 harmony SBEG w/ OC
VG $610 Clean, light wear, logo not visible in auction
photos, some 'cord melt' on back, orig. strap incl., warranty slip incl.
One more low-cost but high-rarity item, the
Silvertone-branded version of the electric 1406. Made in Japan, this
guitar went through a few shape changes as well as miniscule model
suffix changes. Today's fine example of the very early metal-logo
Silvertone-branded 1406 went for a mere $86. Collector's item on the
If I'd been paying more attention, I would have bid on this great
autoharp setup, complete with the Mother Maybelle record, and a lot of
fun vintage song and how-to books. I love the painting on the cover of
Peterson book! Great setup, quality autoharp. All for less than
you'll spend on people you _don't_ care about this holiday.
Oscar Schimdt Autoharp w / OC VG $91 Clean,
light wear, tuning wrench incl., Sears-produced Mother Maybelle record,
picks, and lots of books incl.
The Results Are In... and the Winner is...
SILVERTONE!!! Yes, indeed... after an exciting campaign,
you've voted with your clicks and put Silvertone World in the Top Five
in many of the world's
engines. Thanks, and we'll try not to let you down!
How about a fine 'Kentucky Blue' to start the day? Hey, it works
if you're feelin' blue... or are on the blue team. I try my best to stay
above the fray here...
Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $275 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, pickguard present, light rust to tailpiece
Well, as luck would have it, it's a fine RED 1488!
Harmony SBEG w/ OC VG $650 Clean, light
wear, logo shows light wear, whammy arm missing, pickguard stamped July
And we'll close out this post-election day recap with the nicest
Buck Owens 'American' to sell recently, this one signed by the man
Harmony FTAC VG $1100 Clean, light wear,
logo laminate show s some discolor/wear, stamped F-70
VOTE! To all my American friends - please get out
tomorrow and exercise your privilege to vote!
November off to a fine start with some
sweet Silvertonium up from the mines. Check this right nice 1460 from
our friends in Japan!
Teisco MIJ HBEG VG $258 Clean, logo broken,
light wear, whammy bar present, truss rod cover missing, some corrosion
Here's the rare end-of-the-line variant of the
super popular 1477. I daresay the 1477 was the largest-selling
American-made solidbody Sears ever offered.
14773Harmony SBEG VG $380 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, whammy bar present, original strap incl., headstock stamped
1479, but listed as 14773 in the catalog
And a 'normal' early whammy-less 1477 for comparison; note the
smaller knobs, non-roller bridge and silverfoil pickups
This 'Chris Isaak' has lost most of its Silvertone badge of honor,
and has some other cosmetic/non-stock issues, but still went for a
Harmony HBEG G $841 Clean, some finish
wear/flaking, pickguard has a crack, logo nearly gone, fingerboard wear,
jack repaired, Bigsby finish worn away and arm detached, NS bridge, NS
tuners, (1) NS knob
A little acoustic action with the popular Harmony-made 615, an
early favorite of the inimitable
Dex Romweber. Hit the
link to see him and Crow playing "Who Can I Count On?" from "Two-Headed
Harmony FTAC w/ OC VG $88 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, light rust to tuner plates, serial #5042H615
How 'bout some amplification? Here's a a rare faux alligator and
tweed 1333, then a run-of-the-mill 1484, followed up with the
transistorized '5XL,' a 'Space Dot'-era
amplifier from the mid-70s.
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG
$465 Clean, light wear, some oxidation to control face, rev
feebs back, tremolo functional, speaker cabinet worn on bottom, logo
missing from grille
Sears solid-state amplifier G$ 120 Clean, back missing, love the copy
from the listing: "Pick
this guy up & thank yourself later. Not for the valve purist or any hung
up type of player. It's a little ol early solid state piece that is as
funky as they cat who buys it."
Haven't seen many mandolins lately.... but here's a rare one in OK
shape, sporting the chime-less 'wind chime'-style script logo, pegging
this model to the late 40s/early 50s.
Kay Mandolin G $75 Clean, some surface
wear, logo strong, binding looks good, tuners deteriorating
Time To Get Your Pick On! The
pick store is back with classic
black 'thin script' logos on a white matte-finish Delrin pick.
Our first batch sold out fast, so get 'em while they're hot!
Make sure to visit
we saw some great stuff as fall got underway!
/ 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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