Going for the Groovy Clapton Look?
Maybe that was the impetus for this psychedelic paint job. Maybe the
artist had no idea of Clapton's famous
PsycheDano guitar. Pretty far out, no matter what.
1419 Dano SSEG MOD $203
Clean, refinished (neck and back unmolested), NS knobs, NS tuners, nut
missing, logo intact but bent at 'S,' back cover missing, duct tape over
pickup adjustment screws on back, internal stamping and pot dates
indicate late 1959 build
Unusual for a classical, this Harmony-built 1230 model sported a block
logo on the slotted headstock, and a subtly different body shape.
At first I thought this 643 was sun-faded, but the bright yellows
and reds are on the sides and back as well!
Harmony FTAC G $22 Clean, pickguard
missing, stamped S-68, the full scoop from the seller: "This
guitar has a lot of little scratches and nicks and some finish checking
on the top. The pickguard was removed so there are screw holes in the
top. The bridge has some hairline cracks and gouges, the saddle is also
bent on the bridge. There is a separation gouge on the side that looks
to be repaired as well as some dings on the edges. The back looks good
with some scratching and dings there. The neck is straight and plays
well, the action is a little high for my taste but it is very playable.
The neck and headstock has scratching and nicks all about it, but
nothing too terrible."
From what I hear, unless you've got the original case, this guitar's
pretty hard to find one that'll fit.
Teisco MIJ HBEG G <$325 Clean, light wear,
logo missing, needs a little work; neck binding , tuners, pots, trem
system all need attention
MIJ SBEG E $275
Clean, minimal wear, 'Space Dot' looks good, chrome shiny, whammy
intact, bridge cover present, one of the nicest of these I've seen
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $795 Clean, light
wear, logo strong, Bigsby intact, truss rod cover missing
1457 Dano SSEG
guitar only w/ C
VG $250 Clean, light wear, logo strong with
scrape at top of 'S'
Sears tube amplifier VG $76 Clean, light
wear, some rust dots to handle captures and jack nuts, some covering
ripple on bottom corner, date stamp indicates 1970 build
"Those Kind of Cars Don't Pass You Every Day..."
...that's a line from a
Prince song, but I often apply it to the sweet
Silvertonium we see comin' across the auction wire... like this
National/Valco/Supro-built honey of a Silvertone. Unlike many 'phantom'
Silvertone items that haven't appeared in catalogs and I've still been
able to suss out a model number from other sources, I still have to give
an 'unknown' tag for the model number on this 'Artist.'
With the plating worn off the tailpiece, top of bridge and pickup cover,
and the wear pattern and disappearance of the 'Flying V' Silvertone logo
on the pickguard, we can see this baby got played.
UNK Supro SBEG w/ OC VG
$1399 Clean, some edge/surface wear, logo tag on headstock
looks good, logo on pickguard has been rubbed off from play wear,
plating worn from much of metal, serial # X87243
Another rare bird flyin' by... it's the Wish Book-only* 1458, built by
Kay, based on its 'Value Leader' series.
wear, one pickguard screw crack (pretty common on these...), logo
strong, pots recently cleaned, frets levelled
*Well, actually, I found this guitar in a 1960 'Winter Sale' ad I
recently came across as well as its early '60s Sears 'Wish Book' appearances. As
you can see, they've numbered the amp/guitar combo the 1460 in this
Silvertone Siblings! We saw the
one-pickup partner to this rare early Kay-built solidbody Silvertone a
couple of weeks ago.
Kay SBEG w/ OC VG $902 Needs a good
cleaning, 'wind chime' logo strong, some edge/surface wear, selector
switch tip missing, action high, tuner buttons deteriorated
Valco tube amp VG $625 Clean, light wear,
tube protection grating still in place, all stock knobs, 3-prong AC mod
618 Kay FHAC VG
<$429 Clean, light wear, logo strong, pickguard missing, neck
re-set, refretted, and planed to remove bow
Harmony FTAC VG $50 Clean, light wear, logo
strong, serial #1519H929
Sears tube amplifier MOD $62 Needs a
cleaning, some rust/pitting/oxidation, some vinyl quilting and car
stereo decor refit of this one, from the seller: "
amp hums when you turn it on, and even with a guitar hooked to it. You
can hear a quiet guitar through it even when cranked, but the hum is
Here are a couple of odds and ends...
Looks like a custom-topped (maybe even custom-built) 1448 body ready for
a new neck, some electronics, and three expensive pickups... went for
And a body from a 1304 that's been 'rattled canned,' as the seller put
it. Brought $178!
Picnic Basket Full of Silvertonium
on our first day of Summer. Dig in!
Dano SSEG Bass VG $335 Clean, light wear,
logo missing except for last 'e,' stamping indicates late 1965 build
making this bass one of the last 'modern' U-shaped ( I make the
distinction because of the shape of the cutaway, and the large
trapezoidal cavity cover) anything to leave the Danelectro factory
MIJ (Teisco? Univox?) SBEG w/ OC VG <$499
Clean, light wear, whammy bar present, logo intact, chrome shiny
Harmony SSEG MOD DNS Clean and heavily
used a neck I had from a Silvertone H1454 that was stripped of the
original finish, I painted the headstock black with nitrocellulose and
shot a few coats of clear nitro over the whole thing with an original
metal logo to top it off. I put in a set of really nice Gotoh vintage
tuners that really look the part and are silky smooth, I added a new
bone nut, A vintage Bigsby B3 and vintage Gretsch/Bigsby bridge. For
pickups I chose some amazing sounding Seymour Duncan Antiquity P-90's,
each of these pickups are hand signed by Seymour himself, have amazing
tone and were worth every penny. I made a pickguard out of three ply
white pearloid and cut it in the H49 shape rather than the original
Silvertone shape (I like the Harmony pickguard shape better), it turned
out pretty cool looking i think. I added a mostly original Harmony
wiring harness out of a two pickup Rocket but replaced the bridge tone
There was an odd little group of misfit flattops in the late 60s, and
this 1205 was part of that group that included the 1209 and 1207. Some
appeared in catalog listings, some didn't... Sears was selling guitars
as fast as they could and with the new imports coming in, things seemed
to be in a state of constant flux during this period from 1968 through
the early 70s.
Harmony FTAC w/ OC G $31 Clean, block logo
strong, bridge broken, soundhole decoration strong, stamped S-69
This round-headed, wood-fretboarded 853 uke was sold at Sears from
the late 40s through the mid 60s.
Harmony Ukulele w/ C VG $153 Clean, light
wear, all-wood construction, 'Genuine Mahogany' sticker intact, logo
Wonder what it is that turns some Kentucky Blues green? Sunlight?
A particular typical cleaner? Not the case with the example below,
that's what got me thinking... look at the depth of that blue!
Kay FHAC VG $248 Could use a cleaning, some
edge/surface wear, logo strong with smudge at headstock
A trio of 1484s, all in various states of cosmetic happiness,
accessory inclusion and functionality.
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $571
Clean, light wear, a grille stain, footswitch incl., tested w/o benefit
of guitar; everything seemed to work
Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet VG $406
Clean, light wear, no footswitch, scratchy pots, reverb non-functional
Dano tube amp only MOD
$405 Clean, light wear, and I'll let the seller give you the
home improvement details: "This
has been serviced, a whole line of Sprague 600 volt orange drops thru
the signal circuit, all Sprague atom 600 volt thru out the power
section, the 1st 2 are 100 uf @ 350 volt per spec for voltage doubling,
the output tranny and reverb tranny have been replaced with the Mercury
Magnetic Tone Clone trannies that are built to spec for these amps by
Mercury, any of the resistors that even looked like they had been heated
up were changed to carbon comp type like the originals to values to
spec. The head cabinet is as clean as it gets, there is not even a
scratch, the tolex is in real good condition, the rubber feet even look
like stock they have mild cracking that shows there age. The chassis
itself is super clean, you could eat inside of it.6L6s are Raytheon made
in England the preamps are RCA and other USA tubes. There is one issue,
the face of the amp has a little dent and a scratch other than that it
has mild ware. The amp has a great vintage sound that they are known
for, you start turning it up it gets into a serious growl. I have read
and heard that the reverb on some is sour but this one at about 3 or 4
is really good and thick, if you go past that it's quite airy. The
tremolo is very good. With the trem on and the reverb up its really got
a wild sound, these amps definitely have there own flavor, and if you
look at the knobs these are original, have no grit or ware, I mean this
thing is clean."
A 'Longhorn' Acoustic?!?! Yup, they
existed... and here's one that pulled in over a thousand dollars at
After Danelectro was sold to MCA in late 1967, MCA tried
to shift their sales focus to individual guitar shops rather than
jobbers like Sears. Didn't work; sales went down, and MCA shuttered
Dano's doors in 1968. This acoustic 'Longhorn' is probably one of the
last to escape the Neptune factory.
A little more Dano... I don't think you'll mind...
It's a fine example of the 'Leader' amplifier, and it was built
at Red Bank, NJ before the move to Neptune! Brought in $445.
Dano SSEG G <$1100 Clean, pickguard
missing, some surface/edge wear, neck painted/stripped
Teisco MIJ SBEG VG $600 Clean, light wear,
whammy bar present, logo tag looks good, all stock knob/switches, serial
MIJ SBEG Bass G $245 Could use a cleaning,
logo repaired with some glue residue present, tailpiece cover missing,
NS knobs, some chrome pitting
Harmony FTAC w/ C VG $51 Fretboard needs
cleaning, light wear, block logo strong, serial #0111S1211
Dynamite Danelectros! That's what
we've got for you first up today; some of those well-engineered,
good-looking, straight neck after five decades beauties straight outta
Neptune (New Jersey, that is)! All three of these have been modified in
one way or another. The first two have had a logo-ectomy and new knobs,
the second one has had some traumatic neck surgery, and the third some
simple pickguard replacement therapy.
1319 Dano SSEG VG DNS Clean,
light wear, NS knobs, logo 'shamed,'
Dano SSEG MOD $225 Refinished, shows wear,
logo 'shamed,' pickguard missing, NS
knobs, repaired crack in neck, bolt through the fingerboard &
neck (the horror!)
Dano SSEG MOD $335 Refinished, shows wear,
NS knobs, logo covered by sticker or gone, NS tuners, back stripped,
If you need a reminder of what a stock 1304 looks like, remember
we've got a brand new page up with
all new photos and catalog ads for the 'Wish Book' only guitar,
including a rare 1960 non-Wish Book appearance in a Sears Winter Sale
Dano SSEG w/ C VG $695 Clean, some
edge/surface wear, buckle rash, NS pickguard, logo worn
SBEG VG $100 Could use a cleaning, whammy
bar present, some edge/surface wear, logo strong, oxidation to
Couple of Grand Guitars goin' for
better than a grand today!
Kay HBEG VG $1299 Clean, light wear, light
checking, logo laminate looks good, frets show some wear, pickguard has
slight warp, pots scratchy, NS tuners, NS knobs
And here's what I have to go through if you don't take a nice
full-length picture of the guitar for your auction. They actually did
take one for this auction, but for some reason it looked horrible. Anyway, it's a rare
early '40s 'Crest', so I felt compelled to give you a look.
Kay HFAC VG $1025 Clean, light wear, logo
1449 Dano SSEG with tube ampincase
VG $600 Clean, light wear, top cracke on bass
side of rhythm pickup, amp functional, tremolo unmentioned
Chester Arthur Burnett, the mighty Howlin' Wolf,
would have been 103 years old today. Here's the
Hubert Sumlin rockin' some blues in 1966. Look closely on the
backline for their 1484 amplifier.
Here's a still from the great documentary "The
Howlin' Wolf Story." Wolf's rockin' the harp, and you can see
his Gibson Firebird leaning against the Silvertone amp that he and
Hubert shared. Next, The Wolf with a 'Thin Twin,' and
Hubert cradling a
Les Paul's Birthday was Yesterday,
and it's kinda cool this guitar had the final gavel go down on that same
day. It's always reminded me of Paul's early attempts at an electric
guitar, and this is certainly one of the nicest of the the short-lived,
ultra-rare, neck-through Kay-made 1954-era 1361 models that I've seen.
Oddly, it was illustrated in the catalog much more in the style of a
Harmony-built H44, but the catalog depiction was ambiguous enough, and
this guitar close enough to it, that I'm sure there weren't many
arguments. The 1361 (and its two-pickup sibling, the 1363) didn't last
long, anyway; replaced by the Dano-built
& 1377 electric guitars.
Kay SBEG w/ OC VG $1226 Clean, light wear,
'wind chime' logo strong, NS bridge, volume knob has slight damage, neck
How about some MORE rare Silvertonium from our friends at Kay?
Here's a 'paddle-head' 1416, available in the mid-60s. Look closely at
the logo; looks like the Kay employee silk-screening logos that day
slipped a bit.
Kay SBEG w/ OC VG $312 Clean, light wear,
logo factory-smeared, whammy bar missing, pickup cover design
strong, NS tuners
Ampincase, of course. How About AMPINGUITAR?
Teisco made this pot-bellied guitar for Sears in the mid-60s.
Never appearing in any catalog, you could plug in like any other guitar,
or flip the switch to enjoy a full half-watt of rock 'n' roll power from
the internal transistorized amp. This example is most unusual in that it
has its model number on the front oval medallion.
Teisco MIJ SBEG w/ internal amp w/ OC VG <$1000
Clean, light wear, logo strong, amp is functional, all covers present
Here's another unusual Japanese-built beauty, the Tele... well,
(Teisco? Univox?) MIJ SBEG VG $162 Could
use a cleaning, light wear, light checking, 'Space
Dot' strong, jack/pots scratchy, original gig bag incl.
And one more from the Land of the Rising Sun, it's the script-logo'd
MIJ Teisco HBEG w/ C VG $277 Clean, light
wear, logo intact but bent at 'S,' neck has playing wear, pickguard
missing, handmade whammy bar, (1) NS knob, NS tuners, lead pickup cover
Couple of 'Dark Knights' for ya...
Kay FHAC w/ OC VG $399 Clean, light wear,
some flaking, light rust to tuner plates
1477 Harmony SBEG w/ C
VG $589 Clean, light wear, logo strong, chrome shiny, block
markers indicate pre-1966
Here's the rare narrow-headstock bolt-necked Kay-built variant of the ubiquitous 604 model.
604 Kay FTAC F $20
Could use a cleaning, surface wear, buckle rash, some fingerboard wear,
1431 Dano tube amp VG
$250 Clean, light wear, covering peel at corners, grille
clean, logoplate looks good, knobs need cleaning, AC cord spliced,
volume pot scratchy, handle worn, rust to jack nuts
1484 Dano tube amp and speaker cabinet
VG <$999 Clean, light wear, pots scratchy,
rev/trem functional, no footswitch, cabinet stamping indicates December
1484Dano tube amp only
VG $695 Clean, light wear, rev/trem functional, no footswitch
I've tried to find this amp in my catalogs to no avail... it's very
similar to the late-era 1421 models from the early/mid 70s. The 1421 catalog
illustration is from 1974.
1418 Sears solid state amp
VG $30 Clean, light wear
A little extra 'flair' to this formerly-bedazzled 1420...
1420 Harmony SSEG w/ OC
MOD <$499 Clean, some wear,
playing wear to neck, decorative striping added at tailpiece and
headstock, headstock also has residue left by removed rhinestones,
1420Harmony SSEG w/ OC
VG $473 Could use a cleaning,
some edge/surface wear, logo strong, bottom strap button broken
Graduations, Vacations, Staycations... June is that and lots more. It's meant a little redesign and some
housekeeping here at Silvertone World; I've added some Google Ads to the
site to help keep us 'on the air.' With the way Google matches
content to ads, you're likely to see something you like, and if you'll
click through to any that interest you, it'll help us keep the lights
Now on to some sweet, sweet Summer Silvertonium... hadn't seen a
nice full setup on a 1457 lately... here ya go!
1457 Dano SSEG guitar and tube ampincase
VG $600 Chrome on guitar could use a cleaning,
lead pickup cover split, light wear to guitar and ampcase, logo strong,
neck wear, tremolo unmentioned, no footswitch
This 1448 setup was found in a church, according to the seller,
where they found sheet music in the case with copyrights no later than
1964, so this is one sweet time capsule! Also, what's up with these
cameras that's can't handle a thin line? I've seen a lot of pics lately
of guitars, and the strings have this odd 'segmented' look to them, as
in the 1448 pics below. Curved edges look crappy, too.
1448 Dano SSEG guitar and tube ampincase
VG $530 Clean, light wear, light crazing, logo
strong, chrome shiny
1488 Harmony SBEG w/ OC
VG $599 Clean, logo 'shamed,'
whammy bar present, selector switches noisy, pickguard has (typical) screw chip at
upper bass horn
620 Kay FTAC VG $257
Clean, some wear on top, NS pickguard, logo strong, NS truss rod cover
(decorative), "slight neck bow"
619 Kay FHAC VG $123
Clean, light wear, logo strong, pickguard missing, some odd staining to
the top, 'G' tuner bent, stamped N6
619Kay FHAC G $123
Clean, some wear/flaking, worn spots on top below pickguard, neck
'repaired' with a nail through the heel, lamination lines showing at
headstock, some buckle rash, logo strong, NS nut, NS pickguard, neck has
a slight bow, stamped L8931 3887
Wow, we really don't see many of these Canadian-sold, Japanese-built
archtops! Check those groovy f-holes!
26953 MIJ FHAC G $69
Clean, light wear, logo strong, inside label in good shape,
neck is bowed and pulling at heel
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 visitMay 2013,
we saw some great stuff as we
finished up Spring!
/ 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 -
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