Wheeeeee Doggies! That's what
television character Jed Clampett used to say when something
impressed him. It's the same thing I said when I looked back
over the past three days worth of auctions. Some beautiful
Silvertonium under the gavel since mid-week, winding September
up in fine style. Have a gander!
Let's get goin' with a quick trip to
via this great all-stock Harmony-made 1423...
1423 Harmony SSEG VG $419 Clean, some edge/surface wear, damge/repait at
jack, logo and pickguard legends strong, plenty of glitter
Keep the black and white theme going with a snazzy, modified
'Chris Isaak' model, the 1446.
Harmony HBEG w/ OC
Clean, light wear, logo intact, NS bridge, Bigsby missing
Here's another 'hot' Harmony in high demand, the 1454. Thanks,
Harmony HBEG VG $861 Clean, logo
strong, (2) knobs missing, some side flaking
OK, let's break up the Harmony love-fest with a little hop across
the road in Chicago to the Kay factory for a couple of Kentucky Blues.
Kay FHAC w/ OC E
$360 Clean, minimal wear, logo
strong, tuners shiny
Kay FHAC w/ OC
VG $525 Clean, light edge
wear, logo strong, some neck separation
We've been to Jupiter, now let's head to Neptune... New Jersey, that is.
Clean, light wear, whammy bar present, logo strong
I'll incorporate all this into the eventual page for this guitar,
but right now I'll just lay out what I know about the Wish Book
the guitar above. It's basically the same guitar as the solidbody guitar
included in the 1452 ampcase/guitar package, the one that took over the
position formerly held by the 1457. There are differences that will help
you tell the difference between the sold-all-by-itself 1450, and the
combo with an ampcase 1452: the
1450 has a 4-ply nitrocellulose faux tortoise pickguard, no chrome
bezels around the pickups, and no model number on the back of the
headstock. The 1452 guitar has a white-finished hardboard ("Masonite")
pickguard, chrome bezels surrounding both pickups, and (more often than
not) has the model number 185.14529 and "Made in U.S.A." screenprinted
on the back of the headstock.
Here's a 1452:
1319 Dano SSEG VG
$795 Clean, light wear, logo looks good in limited view
provided (come on, sellers... it's a SILVERTONE! That logo is
important!), screw cracks at pickguard
Let's travel across the Pacific for a look at one of the first
axes to hit the beach in the Japanese Invasion of the late '60s.
Tesico MIJ HBEG VG $350 Clean, light wear,
whammy bar present, logo strong
Back to Chi-town for one more beautiful one-owner Harmony-made
Harmony SBEG w/ OC E $550 Clean, minimal
wear, logo strong, chrome shiny
Let's catch a little amplification from that '60s bunch of 'TV'
Dano tube amp E $329 Clean, minimal
wear, sparkly grille,
Dano tube amp VG $355 Clean, light
wear, tremolo functional, date stamp indicates mid-1967 build; one of
the last of its kind
I usually round prices up... but this next lucky number was too
good to pass up!
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet E $777.77
Clean, minimal wear, rev/trem functional, footswitch incl.
Even particular parts went for a pretty penny!
These were harvested from a 1457:
Dano Pickup $110 & $119
Dano Neck $40 Tuner holes enlarged,
some sticker residue on headstock face, some fret wear, nut incl.
Dano Body $40 Mercilessly modded for
a non-stock bridge
This tuner-less neck is likely from the Wish Book-only
Dano Neck $295 Nut included, dated
Y'all! Let's do it! The auctions are humming and
strummers are strumming! Let's start the autumn off with a guitar that's
got some of the golds and browns of the season built right in. It's this
beautiful Harmony-made 1352, the last single-pickup 'jazzbox' offered by
Sears, and only offered with a 'thick script' logo in 1959/60.
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $341 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, screw cracks in pickguard
Next up, a beautiful 'Twin Twelve' the grand poobah of what I call
the 'TV' series of amps (1474,
1473... they all resemble
televisions to me), a super clean and complete 1474.
Dano Combo Tube Amplifier
Clean, some light playing wear (esp. near bridge), early bare wood
footswitch incl., recently cleaned/tested
Next up, a nice 'Aristocrat,'
the 'boater hat' marker adorned 712.
Kay FHAC G $158 Clean, playing wear to top, crack at bottom of bass side
f-hole, logo laminate looks good,
Brand new page up for the 1446
'Chris Isaak' model!
Fare Thee Well, Summer!
Even though Fall officially starts tomorrow, the Silvertone
auctions have been 'back to school' for a few weeks now. Lemme tell you
what I'm talkin' about... Silvertonium sales are depressed during the
summer, with some items going for a song, and other items sitting
forlornly for a week or more, unbid-upon. Then, right around Labor Day,
the auction action and the prices start to ramp up and get back in the
groove. Here's a recent haul of some great Silvertone items, nearly all
of them going for at least a cool grand!
This first trio of guitars owes at least some of its 'juice' to Dan
Auerbach of The Black Keys,
who is seen more often with a Harmony-branded
actually a co-branded Heathkit guitar, the TG46, see note below) than a
1485 (left, seen with non-stock knobs and whammy, logo
Harmony guitar most often seen in Dan's hands is a rare variant
offered by the Heathkit company, the
contracted Harmony to supply them with a 'you-build-it' guitar, and
aside from the small 'by Heath' under the Harmony logo, was identical to
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $2695
Clean, light wear, light finish checking, logo strong, stamped S-65-JP,
case has a stylized "Strawberry" (Heart? Is/was there such a band?) logo
one one end, and a fine attempt at a classic script 'Silvertone' logo at
This next one comes to us from Curtis Fisher, a member of the
Silvertone Royal Family. His grandfather was Sears Musical Instrument
buyer and Nathan Daniels 'co-conspirator,' Joe Fisher.
See the auction for some great photos, info and history.
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $1775 Clean, light
wear, light finish checking, some flaking on treble side lower bout
edge, NS roller bridge, (1) knob, strap button and pickguard missing
Harmony HBEG w/ OC VG $1250 Clean, light
wear, light finish checking, logo strong, stamped S-65-P, unusual clear
Here's a rare bird from Danelectro, the triple-pickup (the first 3-pu
guitar Sears ever offered!) silver/black 1305 from the very late '50s.
Dano SSEG VG $1550 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, looks like back cavity cover is slightly warped, knobs with
pointers intact, seller is original owners' grandson
Let's catch a couple more Harmonies by way of
Harmony SSEG w/ C VG $1399 Clean, light
wear, logo missing 'Silv,' pickguard legend strong, blender knob not
pictured but is included
Harmony SSEG w/ C VG $900 Clean, light
wear, logo intact, NS tuners marked "Gibson Deluxe"
Little bit of fame put some shine on this 1448, owned by
Dano SSEG VG $1325 Clean, light wear, amp
clean and functional, seller says "THE GUITAR COMES WITH
AMPLIFIER CASE, ALSO COMES WITH PHOTOGRAPH OF MORRISSEY WITH THE GUITAR
AND A LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY OF OWNERSHIP FROM ENGLISH GUITARIST,
SINGER, AND SONGWRITER ALAIN WHYTE.ALAIN WHYTE IS FAMOUS FOR BEING
MORRISSEY'S MAIN SONGWRITING PARTNER SINCE 1991 AND HIS LEAD GUITARIST
FROM 1991-2004. ALAIN HAS MORE THAN 81 KNOW SONGWRITING CREDITS WITH
MORRISSEY AND OF MORRISSEY'S 40 CURRENTLY RELEASED SINGLES, WHYTE HAS
WRITTEN 16. SINCE ALAIN JOINED MORRISSEY IN 1991, MORRISSEY HAS RELEASED
29 SINGLES GIVING WHYTE THE CREDIT FOR WRITING OVER HALF OF MORRISSEY'S
SINGLES SINCE THAT TIME. THIS GUITAR WAS HEAVILY USED DURING THE
ERA FOR SONGWRITING."
Speaking of fame, I got to rub elbows with
Chris Isaak this
summer on his 'Beyond
the Sun' tour
(returning to the States in November), and got to give Chris and
their very own Silvertone logo picks!
That of course leads me to.... the
Store is open once again! Chock full of the popular 'thin script'
black logo on a matte-finish Delrin white medium gauge pick!
And, we'll close this end-of-summer report out with a nice 'Chris Isaak'
from this past week.
Harmony HBEG VG
Clean, light wear, logo intact, pickguard missing, light tarnish to
Bigsby and pickup covers, knobs yellowed
I'll leave the Summer page up
a couple days so you can catch up on your reading, then jump into Fall
2012 on Monday.
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A Tale of Two 'Blues'
We've got a
couple of 'Kentucky Blue' models up today; and a nice
contrast/comparison in finishes. The earliest Blues have faded to a
greenish hue over the years, while later models have remained... *ahem*
Kay FHAC VG $389
Clean, light wear, logo
strong, faded to green, recently cleaned/setup/restrung
Kay FHAC w/ OC
VG $350 Clean, light wear w/
some buckle rash, logo strong, rare 'shallow peak' headstock, original
blue/white cord 'strap' incl.
Just wanted to remind everyone that
the entire Danelectro-built Silvertone family is up for your perusal.
Welcome to the last few days of Summer 2012! Sorry the site's been up
and down lately... some server issues I had no control over. Everything
(including my ability to update again) seems to firing on all cylinders
now. Thanks for your patience.
Ladies and Gentleman, the 619! The
Kay-built archtop was super popular during the 60s, and we see a lot of
them today. They went through some slight cosmetic changes over the
years, but always provided a fine acoustic archtop for a good price.
That's today's first up, and a reminder to check out the new page for
the popular 619.
Kay FHAC G $106 Clean, light wear,
logo strong, neck pulling up at heel, stamped N-6
Here's something I ran across the other day that was just cool.
The industrial design that I enjoy most from the late 60s was a
no-nonsense, more Mission Control than Buck Rogers inspired look that
just go the job done. Check this 'bookshelf' component: it's the
tube-powered, multi-input stereo amplifier, the model 1029. Went for 173
bucks, all functions tested nominal.
Make sure to visit
we saw some great stuff this past Summer!
/ 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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period catalog listing, or a link of interest.