Aw, give a big '10-4' to the Truckin' Man!
'Summer' by War is one of my favorite summer songs, and the
first thing I thought about when this Silvertone CB Radio hit the
auctions today. Quite a bargain for just $5, good buddy!
An August mystery! After the
Silvertone name had faded from the pages of Sears & Roebuck, there were
lots of Made In Japan electric twangers... some funky 'originals,' and a
few clearly trying to look like a famous guitar. It was actually some
years before Sears started selling blatant
rip-offs, but Sears got busy with the Telecaster™
clones pretty quickly.
Here's one I can't find in my catalogs, it's an ivory-colored
version of the 1413.
The 1407 shared this color,
but was only one pickup and whammy-less. The 1442 Tele™
clone was much more 'Fender™-y'
looking, so much so that it could have been mistaken at twenty paces for
the real thing. The 1407 and 1413... not so much... they tried, but the
pickguard dimensions, pickup appearance, bridge placement and
structure were really off, and the whammy... well.... that's pretty
in my book. Anyway, here it is, looks good, but no bridge or whammy arm
and one knob gone.... it went for $165. Even weirder... the item
was located in the UK! Of course, given that there is no 'Space
Dot' on the headstock, this (probably Univox-built) guitar may not
be from Sears at all! Well, at least we had some fun... Here's a great 1972 Wish book
page featuring all three mentioned Telecaster™
Nice old guitar, touching circumstance.
1320 sold for a respectable $275 the other day, the
proceeds going to help pay for the burial of its owner, a Kentucky
"local musician who past (sic) away." The guitar was pretty rough; no
pickguard, finish checking/flaking evident, mildew on the pickup bezel,
a screw through the heel 'repair,' new tuners, and a still-strong 'deco'
logo stencil. The electronics tested functional.
Rare one-off or Frankentone?
That was the question in my mind when I saw this quite nice
mid-late '50s 1367
Kay-made electric up for sale. It looks great, but the neck is the same
as the late-era acoustic 712.
The 'boater hat' marker'd, dark headstock logo laminate 712 models
pre-dated the 136X line by a good five years (the linked 712 is from
1949). Custom job? Later repair/mod? Seller says "This is the only one
like this I've ever seen. The original owner remembered getting it in
1956 or 1957. It is all original with the exception of reproduction
knobs and tuning machines, both retrofitted. I took this to a luthier's
shop when I bought it (2003) and had a neck reset, ground wire
installation, strap button, and a finish polish." Bids went up to
$360, but did not meet reserve.
Well, maybe that hound on "Hee Haw." You know the one
who moves slowly (if at all) and yawns a lot? Beauregard! That's
his name. Anyway, that's kinda how the auctions have been
lately. However, I've gathered up a few pretties (and one ugly)
to bring to you today. Enjoy!
Here's a fine
1438 bass from that
mid-60s selection of non-catalog Teisco instruments. I really think
Sears was testing the waters with these in advance of the late-1968 MIJ
takeover of the electric line. Serial #140531, it's nice and clean, the
chrome is shiny, the tailpiece cover and finger rest are both present,
and the logo tag is proudly displayed on the big 'tab' of the headstock.
It just underwent a pro setup and checkout, and went for a tidy $345.
Aside from a little water staining to the grille, the fine
'Twin Twelve' 1396 is
ready to rock. Tremolo's pulsing, there's a new handle, the Silvertone V
is intact, mission control looks good and the original 12" Utah's are
present. $750 took it home.
The Switchcraft 3-way
switch with a hairline crack at the base of the original tip and no
mounting bezel went for $55 in a separate auction.
OK, here's the ugly I told you about. I've never seen a 1340 in such poor shape. The
chassis seems serviceable, but the cabinet is pretty far gone. No tubes
or speakers, obviously untested, looks like the original handle is
intact, and this sad unit went for $60.
A few cool treats for these HOT
First, this 1961 nickel-plated 'Patent Applied For' pickup from a
'Chris Isaak' going for some big bucks...
This is a "Patent
Applied For" as opposed to a "Patent #2,737,842" stickered
model. Oddly enough, the patent number is actually for a
Les Paul credited trapeze tailpiece from 1952. Hit the first
link for more info, but here's the money quote from that link: "Gibson
printed the incorrect number on some stickers after they obtained a
Patent 2,896,491) for the PAF pickups. Most humbuckers were
labeled with U.S.
Patent 2,737,842 until 1962 and the number shown on the pickup
is actually a patent for a Gibson trapeze tailpiece bridge and not for a
pickup at all. Both true PAFs and incorrect patent marked PAFs are
fairly rare today and make an expensive vintage collectors' item."
Another chunk of 1446 that
went for $104! It's an original pickguard, complete with
nickel-plated bracket and foam bumper/standoff. Check the artful
reinforcing ribs on the underside; simple yet elegant... it didn't have
to be pretty... who would ever see it? But there it is.
Next up, a wahini in a coconut bikini on this
Harmony-made 'Hawaiian Scene' ukulele. You can tell the 452s from the
later 852s by the wooden
fretboard. A little separation on this example, but still a stone
bargain for $56! Cowabunga!
Lastly, in the 'Weird Things That Slip in Through the
Silvertone Filter' department, this tiara... but it's the mannequin
that's freakin' me out!
Got a hankerin' for some rock
'n' roll history? Then get your fingers clicking on these
auctions for some Silvertonium
(and Kay-nite and Kent-on)-flavored amplifiers from the famous
California studio, Indigo Ranch.
Wow... I don't know quite what
to tell you about this one, except that someone got an
amazing deal! This is the Silvertone-branded version of the very early
(1956ish) Harmony-built electric
H42, the so-called 'Newport.' I've still not been able to cipher
out the Sears model numbers of these guitars, as they've never appeared
in any major catalog. Supplemental fliers and weekly special catalogs or
newspaper ads are MUCH harder to come by, and may be the only place
these guitars (there were two of them; a yellow model and a green one)
were ever listed, if they were listed at all. This one was painted at
some point, and an attempt was made to remove the red, as you can see
the original yellow showing through the sanding. Looks like this one was
modded for a second pickup and has lost its simple bridge somewhere
along the way, but $39 was an absolute steal! I've included a
shot of a stock yellow model for comparison.
How cool is this? It's
a fine-looking, fine playing 'art deco' style record player &
AM radio combo, and
it sold for $175
up for sale right now. I just had to show it to you. Check the
video, it seems there are separate volume controls for the radio and the
turntable and you can mix the two! What floored me was the audio snip
when the radio first warms up; they're obviously talking about the
controversial headline-grabbing Casey Anthony trial, then
the seller tunes from that horror to a different time as he cranks up
the 78 on the turntable, and it's Pat Boone on the Dot label singing
"Tennessee Saturday Night," the flip to
"Ain't That A Shame." What a
world... Silvertone World!
Here are the two things I said,
Silvertone-wise, over the holiday weekend:
"Wow!" I was amazed at the
grand-plus price this 1485
brought without even letting us know if the reverb and tremolo were
working or not! Date stamping indicates Summer 1964 build, and it did
look really clean, still wired together, and with the dolly roller
platform. Wining bid: $1025. Seller: Jack White is expecting his
"Put down that saw!" But it was too
late, the damage had been done to this Dano-built 1419 long ago. Even with the
mod, no logo, no pickguard, a starting-to-split pickup, and some picking
wear at the bridge, it went for $243.
Oh, Yeah... Welcome to July!
Well, it's no 'Weekend
at Party Pier,' but we've got a coupla nice Kay-made
surf twangers that went under the gavel this week. One's the super-rare
paddle-head brownburst 1416,
and the other's its predecessor, the not-quite-so-but-still rare 1417, both from Kay, and
both with the spring-loaded vibrato tailpiece mechanism. The 1416 (in
fine shape, with some edge wear, whammy bar and gig bag) went for
$228 and the 1417 (a bit more worn than the brownburst, and without
its whammy bar, and a non-stock bridge) went for $175.
Keepin' on with the summer theme, here's a fine-looking Wahini
Uke, the plastic fretboarded 852.
With some slight seam separation apparent, this Harmony-built uke went
Another stenciled goody from Harmony, a fine Gene Autry model from
1953 that went for $243. If you want to see a prime example of
how to write up a guitar auction for maximum info and maximum sales potential,
check this one out.
Cap the day with some inexpensive rock n roll history from
Indigo Ranch Studios. Ebay seller
Sonic Circus has been parting out the Silvertone equipment from that
famous California recording location, and this week saw three fine
Silvertone amps: a seldom-seen but functional 1419, a
worse-for-wear 1331, and
a popular 1484, all
personalized with the Indigo scrawl, and all suitable for refurbishing.
Respectively, they went for $126, $86 and $260.
Hank Williams' steel player, the late
learned his first weeping notes on a Silvertone lap steel. It's entirely
conceivable that it was this model, the2317 from 1941. Don would have been 14 at
the time, the age that we has said to have
Silvertone lap steel and amp." No amp with this one, but it's in
pretty good shape, with its hard-wired cloth-covered cord still present,
one NS tuner, a bit of covering loss and a little tarnish here and
there. The logoplate looks good, and there are some guide numbers
written beside the fret markers, this mother-of-diner-counter covered
steel went for just $125.
In other bargains, this edge worn
1451went for the lowest
price I've seen in years for this axe, just $180! Summertime is
Silvertone bargain time, no doubt. I love how the bottom of this guitar
preserves the same curve detail that the 1448 and the 1457 have, even
though this short-lived axe is a solidbody. I can't figure out what's
up with that big screw you see just above the bridge; it's present on
nearly every 1451 I've ever seen. It may have something to do with the
fact that the 1451 and 1452 share the same body. If you peek
'under the hood' on your 1451, you'll see it's already routed for
another pickup. *** After further comparisons and research, the 1451
routing locations could not work for the pickup locations on a
1450/1452. The 'mystery screw' fall on the exact same place the the
'bridge anchor' screw would fall on a 1450/1452, and the bodies are
nearly identical in shape and size, but the treble pickup route on the
1451 is far too close to what would be the bridge location on a
1450/1452 for these guitars to share the same body. The mystery
Let's close out this Friday with this wonderful example of
the 1340 amplifier, built
by our friends at Valco. The covering and the grille with its
silkscreened logo look great, the control panel with its single
'chicken-head' is clean, and the AC cord and handle look pretty good.
The worst thing about this amp is the schematic inside the cabinet; it's
folded up towards the front of the cab, and we didn't get a good look at
it in the auction views. Who knows? Maybe that preserved it better than
being flat on the bottom of the cab! Untested, this amp went for a mere
Summer keeps a-rockin' with this clean-as-a-pin MIJ 1461 from the early 70s.
This hotrod red hollowbody in excellent shape went for a hot $650!
Block logo makes it rare (most were 'Space
Dots'), and the redesigned whammy, swoop headstock, slider controls
and double-decker pickguard distinguish this one from its close sibling,
"Lookee, Pardner!" Available as far back as
1937 (as a Supertone), this
Autry-endorsed 'Melody Ranch' guitar became the
Roy Rogers model (with a
different stencil) in the mid-50s as tastes and times and stars changed,
and then was just a 'western'
guitar (with the old 'Melody Ranch' stencil back but without Gene's
'autograph') by the time it faded away in the late 50s. This example
still has the Gene Autry stenciled signature, its original cord 'strap,'
a lightly cracked bridge, a little wear on the bass lower bout, and
appears to be the FOURTH one off the production line as a 610! With
original case, this little dogie amazingly didn't bring its starting bid
of $149 (you
can 'Buy It Now' for $225). Tell 'em Silvertone World sent ya!
Some gems from the weekend.... dig in!
Here's an amazing find,
and I'll just let the seller give you the lowdown on this
awesome early '70s era setup:
"12 YEAR OLD BOY GOT THIS NEW FOR CHRISTMAS IN 1972...
BUT ALL HE WANTED WAS A DAISY BB GUN. REMEMBERS IT LIKE IT WAS
YESTERDAY. BEEN IN HIS CLOSET EVER SINCE... HE'S NOW 51... THIS BOY IS
MY NEIGHBOR A FEW BLOCKS AWAY I MET TODAY AT HIS WIFE'S YARD SALE. HE &
I ARE BOTH IN OUR EARLY 50'S SO WE GOT TO TALKING, I ASKED, AS ALWAYS,
GOT ANY OLD GUITARS UNDER THE BED. HIS EAVESDROPPING WIFE PIPED UP AND
SAID NO, BUT HE'S HAD ONE IN THE CLOSET FOR 40 YEARS! I LOOKED AT HIM &
SAID CAN I SEE IT, HE SAID YEAH AND THE REST IS HISTORY...COLLECTOR'S
GRADE, VIRTUALLY UNPLAYED, ALL THE CHROME IS STILL SHINY AND NEW, ALWAYS
KEPT IN THE CASE IN HIS HOUSE IN HIS CLIMATE CONTROLLED BEDROOM CLOSET.
A TIME WARP BACK TO CHRISTMAS DAY, 1972." Dynamite 1413guitar and 1421
amp in excellent condition... it went for a mere $228. I'm tellin'
ya... summer is Silvertone bargain time!
Here's a wild Frankentone from the mountains of West Virginia:
Seller says "Purchased from a West Virginia family who
wanted matching instruments for their band. Sale includes a Danelectro
1449 that has had the finish stripped and attractive wood parquetry
applied to the face and back. The headstock has been modified, and the
neck has been refinished. All of the hardware and electronics are
original and in perfect working order." There was also a matching
handmade lap steel that went with the guitar, and I'd love to see a
picture of the band in action. It didn't sell, but it's a testament to
the desire to mod a guitar in the image you choose.
This Kay-made 604is in great shape, and didn't sell! It could have been
yours for just
$85! sold on the 24th for just $50. Stamped L1912, with original case.
And a mystery... is this a605that's had a pickguard added and some lacquer brushed on the
headstock, lending the logo a 'golden' color and those streaks you see?
That's my bet. The seller indicated it was a 60s era guitar, but did not
confirm any markings when contacted. Went for $75.
here's a great documentary on the Wah-Wah pedal
for your weekend.
How cool is that? Enjoy!
a hot mod? How about this pre-'66 Kay-built model
658 married to the
electronics from a Kay-branded 'Sizzler?' Looks like the kind of
guitar that Paul Stanley might have played as a kid. Little bit of wear,
and some NS tuners, this one is certainly a unique piece. The seller had
this to say: "I was told that the pickups and pickguard
were added when the guitar was new. This is your opportunity to get
something that nobody else has! Original tuners are included."
Sold fora sizzlin' $355.
Beauty of a bass in this Dano-built
1443... in the case, tailpiece and finger rest still
present, hardware shiny, just the slightest wear along the fingerboard,
this is one of the nicest of this bass that I've seen. Went for $700.
Apparently, this bass is a favorite of Sarah Brown.Also, the shape and look is a favorite of Pearl Jam's Jeff
Ament; he had
a clone built by Modulus, and we see him onstage frequently with it.
More Kay-built goodness, this time in the form of the easy-to-ID
1425. Why's it so simple to
peg down? That curlicue pickguard is unique to the electric 1425.
Some acoustics shared it as
well, but he 1425 was the only electric hollowbody Kay-made Silvertone
to sport it. With a nice case, it went for a little over half a grand.
It sure is purty... too bad it don't work. This attractive,
lightly worn 1333 went
for just $162 the other day. It looked great; the faux-alligator
and tweed was barely worn, the handle looked good, grille tight...
however, the seller said "This is from an estate and had
a layer of old dust suggesting it has been many years since last used.
The red indicator light illuminated but the speaker would produce no
sound." Here's hoping it's an easy fix.
I just had to show you this crazy stereo stylin' from north of the
border. A block logo on the deck (in a bold, serif'd font,
typical of Simpson-Sears Silvertone guitars), some far-out 'tri-lobed'
audio controls, solid-state guts, a Garrard-brand changer-type
turntable, a smoked plexiglass lid, and a groovy faux "vinyl wood grain
effect" cylinder housing for it all make it a real '60s period piece. It
was heavy, and it was in Canada, so it didn't sell, but it sure gave us
something to gawk at!
Here's a precious bit of
Silvertonium that went pretty cheap (if you ask me) over
the weekend. It's an early '40s era 'violin brown' Artist model 295, part of the first
group of Silvertones that Sears sold, made by our friends at Kay, with
its snazzy deco 'note' inlays, bound f-holes and fancy bridge that went
for just $172. There was a small crack on the front, but it
looked pretty sweet otherwise.
From a rare strummer to a rare amplificator...
it's the seldom-seen 1433,
built by Dano, and part of the late '50s / very early '60s 'Space Age'
line of amps. This one is date-stamped for mid-March of 1961, the last
season that the 1433 was available. This one has seen some action, but
it's in working condition with this caveat-laced description:
"...very noisy hum and dirty pots will need addressing to
use. Sounds like simple filter cap issue but the amp rocks and is loud
with working tremolo." This auction had some close-up shots of
the controls that brought out a detail I'd never seen before on these
amps; a letter 'N' at the midpoint of the bass and treble dials,
presumably a 'flat' setting. Also, this Utah speaker-equipped amp still
had its fabric-and-staple wire hold-offs in place. Some rust and some
dust, some wear and some tear, no handle but still with a good-looking
'V' logo tag, this amp went for $255.
Well, our first head-scratcher
of this summer came up today. It's
an odd bird anyway, made even more puzzling by its various markings in
and outside. The Silvertone
1485 was only around for a year or so, from late '68 though
early '70 (last appearance was in the F/W '69 catalog). This one is an
oddball in that it is stamped F-67, and also screenprinted on back of
the headstock with a 664 model number. The '67 stamping can be explained
away in that this example also has a 1454 model number stamping
internally, the 1485 being a double-cutaway version of the popular 1454. The '664' on the
headstock is rather odd, though, as there is no corresponding catalog
listing I've found for a model 664. Many times you'll see a 1454
stamping on the heads of early models of this guitar, and 1485 on the
later block-logo'd models, but the 664 stamping is rare. I've seen one
before; about three years ago, so it's not completely unheard of, just
unusual and puzzling. This well-kept example went for a tidy $923.
Here's a farmyard mod on this 1482 - it's the first one
I've ever seen gussied up with a 'rabbit wire' grill. Some edge wear is apparent,
and looks like a good cleaning is in order, the seller says everything's
working, and this amp went for $171. Since we're on the subject,
make sure you hit that link for the new 1482 page.
It's in need of some TLC, but this 602 is the
second in the popular 600
series, and the last one to be offered with the rounded bottom.
After the firsts 602s, they 'squared off' a bit, and lasted into the
1970s! No bridge on this example, it went for $175.
I reckon this is what they call
a 'teaching moment.' 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 1965-offered
1450, a nice one of which sold this week for $550. 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 the model number 185.14529 and "Made in
U.S.A." screenprinted on the back of the headstock.The
1450 was only available briefly, in the 1965 Wish Book, and the 1452
ampcase and guitar package came right on its heels in the Spring/Summer
1966 catalog. Even though only available for a short time, there are
some slight variations over the life of the 1450; some had a two-bolt
neck, then went to a triple-bolt staggered configuration, then finally
sharing the equilateral triangle three-bolt with neck plate of the 1452.
All had neck tilt. Some had the familiar 'thin script' Silvertone logo,
while others have the thick script that decorated the 1451 and 1452
Here's the 1450 that sold the other day. It's a fine
example, with staggered neck bolts, a 'thin script' logo and a non-stock
Here's a 1452 for comparison:
The beginning of June marks the summer
hiatus of daily auction reports here at Silvertone World. I'll still be
keeping an eye on the auctions, of course, but I'll only report on
exceptional or unusual items that go under the gavel, and maybe track
the daily sales of a few popular items on a couple of graphs. That said,
I'm embarking on a catalog research trip this month, and I'll also be
working all summer on a bunch of new pages for the site, so it's a
perfect time to sign
up to follow Silvertone World on twitter.I'll 'tweet' a message
your way every time I do report into the recap page with a new
item (it won't be daily), or to let you know of a newly published page
here at Silvertone World.
That said, here's some special Silvertonium right off the
bat; this beautiful 1432
going for $660! It's my favorite of that particular group of
amps. A little bit of handle wear, but otherwise lookin' mighty fine...
complete with early bare-wedge-of-wood tremolo footswitch.
Here's a nice 1303 that
went for just $300! The seller ID'd it as a 1948 or '49 model (we
know better... these guitars are '58-'59 vintage), and it had some
honest wear and a little cord melt on the back, but still a pretty good
bargain, I'd say.
Here's a big ol' late-era block-logo'd 'Sovereign' going for five
bills! I love that 'mod' bridge!
Mighty Mighty May!In
May 2011, we
reported on over 276 auctions totaling
about two grand shy of May 2010 totals, but four thousand dollars
better than May 2008!
Here's some highlights of what changed hands:
an aMayzing (29) 1448
guitars/amps or one or the other,
(11) 1457 guitars/amps or one or the other, (13) 1484 amps,
(12) 1482 amps, only (5) 1481 amps, a single 'Chris Isaak'
1446 model guitar, and just (2) 1385/1427 'Espanada'
An beautiful Kay-built 'Thin Twin' 1381brought in the top green for
$1630, and there were three more items in the $1,000+ category
this month; $1525 for one of those 'Espanadas,' $1325 for a
nice 1485 amp setup,
$1325 for a nice 1454. The least amount brought in
May was $2 for a piece of audio history; a TRW-produced,
Silvertone branded late 50s/early 60s
protocassette, and as far as
instrumental Silvertonium goes, $16 for a
sad 604 guitar.
If you haven't visited
May 2011, give
it a look... it was QUITE a month! Even if you've been recently, click
over and check out the last couple of days, some great stuff ended up
the month. While you're there you can peruse the archives for better than four years
worth of auction reports and commentary on all things Silvertonium.
/ 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 items by what I see in the pictures
and read in the description.
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