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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
Silvertone 1454 (right, 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
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."
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.
Sometimes You Just Gotta Say "WOW!"
And that's exactly what I said when I saw these two items. First is a "Black Beauty" with the 'S' pickguard and metal Silvertone logo, and the other
is a 1485 amp/speaker combo that went for some big bucks. Check 'em out!
Ooooh, and check out the snazzy new
1485 page, too!
Harmony HBEG w/ C VG $910 Clean. light
wear, pickguard has light screw cracking w/ strong 'S' design, logo
intact, serial #3949H64
1485 Dano tube amp & speaker cabinet
VG $2500 Clean, light cover wear, dunno why the
logoplate is a little off kilter, stamping indicates late 1964 build,
stored in basement nearly 50 years, amp untested; all tubes test good
ELVIS on the news this morning reminded me
of where I was 35 years ago today (painting the roof of the family home
I now live in), and also of a little piece I wrote back in '09 on the
King's first guitar. Good a time as any, I reckon, to revisit and expand
on that. Here's the original piece from January '09:
Talking about Elvis the other day
got me thinking about his first guitar. Surely, Elvis passed that thing
on to someone that kept it, knowing its future historical worth. Well, I
was watching a Kris Kristofferson-narrated piece on A&E called "Return to Tupelo,"and
I got some of my answer. They showed the Tupelo Hardware store where the
guitar was purchased and a framed picture of the alleged tape-repaired
guitar itself. A little Googling, and I find a great page at Scotty Moore'swebsite detailing some aspects of the guitar with a front and back
photo, and also some good info over at the Tupelo Hardware
It's a well-worn Kay flattop, with a square-shouldered bridge and a
scallop-topped headstock. There's no visible logo, but the body shape
conforms to the look of the mid-50s K-XX series of acoustics. There is
no provenance other than word of mouth, and apparently no pictures of
Elvis with any guitar during this time (which I find very odd),
so, Elvis' first guitar still remains somewhat of a mystery.
Now on to today...
Here's that guitar mentioned on the Scotty Moore and Tupelo Hardware
pages. I couldn't find any mid-1940s era Kay catalogs to peruse, but the
early '50s catalogs had
some very similar models such as the K-10 and K-20.
I reckon many of you have seen the well-known picture of a uniformed
Elvis playing a
Danlectro 6-string bass (also sold as a
Silvertone-branded 1373) and
assumed it was snapped in Germany. It appeared on Elvis "Army Days"
bubble gum cards
(card #49) and in the
Complete 50s booklet. The shot (and the lesser-known shot shown
below) was actually taken in Nashville in June 1958 at the famous
RCA Studio B
during a session that yielded the hits "A Fool Such As I," "I Need Your
Love Tonight," "Big Hunk O' Love" and "Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby."
Chet Atkins, Hank Garland (the bass probably belonged to one of them or
was part of the studio 'arsenal'), pianist Floyd Cramer, drummer DJ
Fontana and the Jordanaires were all there, with Scotty Moore and Bill
Black conspicuously absent from the proceedings (thanks, Col. Tom).
Here's a great page detailing the goings-on at that session, and
much of Elvis' activities of June 1958.
As you probably know, I love to find pictures of famous artists
(or anybody, really) cradling a vintage Silvertone. Try as I might, I
never could find Elvis with one. I DID, however, recently find one that
he signed. It's a mid-60s Harmony-made
603/1200, and the
painted-on pickguard-adorned guitar has no Harmony-branded equivalent.
apparently available for purchase, and I'd like to sign a bill into
law stating that all depictions of guitars must include a full-length
Classical Guitars Just Don't Get the Lovin',
do they? Here we've got a lovely Japanese-made 1232 from the late 60s,
little wear, original case, great looking block logo Silvertone label...
and not even half a Benjamin? Classicals are so much fun to strum, to
pick, and if you've never bent a nylon string... well, you're just
missing out. Ah, well... whatcha gonna do?
1232 MIJ FTAC w/ OC Classical
E $49 Clean, minimal wear, inner label clean,
finish and tuners shiny
Tax-free weekend in NC, USA just passed. Remind me
never to go out in THAT mob again! Anyhoo, it kind of put me to mind
that school is indeed almost back in session for many, and that summer
is winding down. Maybe that's where everyone was this weekend, because
they sure weren't buying Silvertones! I saw as many unbid upon and
unsold Silvertonium this past weekend as I did deals goin' down!
Regardless, I have faith that things will pick up (as they tend to do)
come September. That said, it's a great time for a great deal in
Silvertone World. Just go peruse eBay for Silvertone
amps, or root around your favorite flea markets and pawn shops.
Regardless of any perceived slowdown, here's a few sweet pieces that
went under the gavel over the weekend.
Rebellious! That's this Harmony-made 1453 store-only guitar...
modeled after the
this one is comes from trusted superseller
Harmony VG $600 Clean, some surface wear,
logo laminate strong, a few scratches up around the headstock
How about this unknown model number Supro? It was a
store-only model, never appearing in any Sears catalog, and
based on the Rhythm Tone line of guitars,
this one sporting an unusually
clean pickguard (most of' em have the left side worn away) and
shiny, shiny metal parts!
UNK Supro w/ OC VG $740
Clean, light wear, pickguard logo strong (!), tailpiece/pickup
cover/headstock logoplate shiny, serial #X86703
Round out the day with a guitar that DID appear in the Sears
catalog, this well-preserved Land of the Rising Sun 1410. One of the
last guitars to receive a cursive Silvertone logo.
Teisco MIJ VG $295 Clean, light wear, some
light scratching to chrome, logo strong
October is a couple of months away...
but really, the season for
Frankentones never ends. Here's one we'll be adding to the
monstrous horde in a couple of months. It's a Kay-made 619, he very
popular acoustic archtop that Sears sold by the truckload for nearly a
decade ('59-'68). In addition to the snazzy American flag sticker at the
tailpiece, we've also got new tuners, and a homebrew electrification
package. Not as scary as some, mind you, but just wait 'til we
unveil this years crop of 're-imagined' Silvertones.
Kay FHAC MOD $170
Clean, light wear, logo strong, NS tuners, pickguard and electronics
Here's a great ol' Silvertone...
it's a late '30s/early '40s-era Crest that went for three bills a coupla
days ago. Check the snazzy appointments: the amazing binding, the fancy
headstock laminate, the bound neck. Sweet!
Silvertonian Phred picked up that E string at
auction yesterday, and assures me he won't be using it. Here's another
Silvertone 'component' that sold today for way above its original price,
and it's not even a question as to whether it's gonna be usable
Hard to Believe Sears would use this
much packaging for just one string... but the proof is in the... um...
well, we have a picture! Dunno if that ballpoint-pen-scrawled "30" is
the original Sears sale price or from the flea market this might have
passed through. Amusingly labeled as a 'flatwound,' it'd be a mighty
thick high E if it was! I hope the buyer doesn't try to actually use the
string... don't reckon it'll ever lose the 'memory' of forty years being
coiled up. Oh, yeah... pretty good retained value... sold for $7!
Speaking of retained value, how about five 14XX series amp knobs
I've been searching eBay lately with
the query "vintage guitar photos / photographs / pictures" lately and
coming up with some real gems. Here's a few...
Sure looks like a 40s Silvertone 'Crest' to me... this
snap was taken in '97, and it's a shame that photographer's thumb is in
the way of a clear headstock shot!
Same guy, same guitar... but it's 30 years prior to
the first shot above! The flash washed out the logo this time. Still...
same guitar (check the pickguard 'grain'), same guy, three decades
apart... how awesome is that?!?!
Sad note: The player in the snaps above appears to be
Walter Lee Lefler, from Lubbock Texas, who passed away just a couple
of weeks ago. From his obituary:
"Walter loved to play the guitar and was excellent at it. In his
spare time he played his guitar at the senior center, danced and spent a
lot of his time with his many friends."Godspeed, guitar man.
Check out this rockin' family... Dad gets the double-neck Dano,
and what kind of guitars are the boys rockin'? I wonder what they
called themselves? "The Pizza Hut Table Cloths"? "Checks on the Male?" I
guess they couldn't find a pint-sized checkered shirt for Junior.
What kind insane contraption is THIS? Looks like some kind
of retrofit bridge that gives the player steel guitar-type bending
ability on a regular gee-tar! The guitar in question is Teisco-made,
based on the MJ-2 series, which the Silvertone 1435 is derived
Proto Dano Neato! I love these
1375/1377 series guitars. They showcase Nat Daniels' genius in design,
economy and practicality, and gave us an almost "inside look" at the
Dano-built Silvertones to come.
Dano SBEG w/OC VG $800
Clean, light wear, headstock laminate looks good, neck plugs painted
white, light finish wear to exposed truss rod on back of neck
Well... these are absolutely cool, and super rare...
Hot! Hot! Hot! Seems like this awful heat
might be slowin' down everything... including the Silvertone
auctions, but I reckon it's just the season. I don't know if this is true
across the auction board, but Silvertone sales on eBay are historically
depressed during the summer. It's a great time to get a bargain, as
there don't seem to be as many buyers in the mix, what with vacations
and cookouts and camp and all such as that. That said, here's some
coolest things I've seen the past couple of weeks.
An amazing bunch of Kay-built guitars have sold the past coupla
weeks; here's a few, starting with a lovely electric 'Aristocrat,'
Kay HBEG w/ C E $1400 Clean, minimal wear,
logo laminate and pickguard design strong
Kay HBEG w/ OC VG $590 Clean, light wear,
some checking, tape/strap markings on headstock, logo strong
Now for some acoustic goodness, here's an amazingly well-kept
'Kentucky Blue' the 653.
Kay FHAC w/ OC E $700 Clean, minimal wear
(a couple of small headstock dings and some light buckle rash), finish
shiny, logo strong, original manual/warranty pamphlet and braided cord
'strap' incl., vintage chord/music/instructional books incl.
Now for a quick 'Tale of Three Guitars.'
Everyone seems to love the Kay-built 618 and 620. Their 'Jumbo' good
looks and good ol' flattop sound made them fairly popular back in the
day, and also in today's market. There was a cutaway acoustic offered at
the same time that looked to be part of the 618/620 family, the 628, that I assumed was also
Kay-made back in my earliest days of collecting/archiving Silvertones
and related info. It appeared alongside the 618 in the Sears catalog,
and had the same 'Jumboesque' look the 618/620 models had. So, I was
quite surprised one day to find Harmony-style stampings inside of one!
Here's a neck-pulling-away, finish-checked 618 (with some odd finish
damage... looks like some long-term storage/packaging damage) that just
sold for $154, a Kay-made cutaway model K18 (in a beautiful and rare
black finish) that just went for a fine $425, and a look at the
Wanna see some more Kay catalog pages? Head on over to
KingOfKays. Here's a
little scavenger hunt once you get there; try to find the Kay equivalent
to the Harmony-made 604, and locate the model that the 'Jimmy Reed'
1381/1369 is derived from. Have fun!
Happy 4th to all my American friends,
happy July and happy Summer to all!
I've been hard at work on the back end of this website, fixing things
that might be creaky, re-vamping things with new-found knowledge,
hammering together pages for our Every Silvertone Ever™
generally taking advantage of the slower summer pace of auctions in
Silvertone World. I still watch 'em, and will resume daily reporting one
day, but I don't want the completeness of this website to take a back
seat to current events that repeat themselves. If something INSANE comes
along, you know you'll get to see it, don't worry.
Today, events and available time conspired to let me bring you a tale of
multi-part Harmony (with some Italian spice thrown in for good measure).
First up is a very nice example of the venerable 600 series, bringing
about what you'd expect for the condition it's in.
Harmony FTAC G $100 Could use a cleaning,
logo strong, bridge sound, some tape residue, side wear & cord melt,
stamped S-65 AP, seller says "The
neck is straight, but would benefit from a neck set. "
Next is a completely re-built 621 with a nice loooong
story from he seller/modder: "I
took this guitar apart, pulled out all of the old ladder bracing from
the top, and installed the Martin x-brace pattern using Sitka spruce
braces. I shifted the x-braces and scalloped them. The bass response in
this guitar is very good and the way I scalloped the braces helps to
make that happen. I have also done a complete neck reset on this guitar.
The original fretboard was beyond repair, so I replaced it with a
rosewood fretboard from Martin. I was able to use the original bridge,
but had to move it forward about 1/4 inch to allow for the Martin scale
(25.4") and to make the intonation come out right. The action on this
guitar is great. I have it set at about 3/32 to 7/64 of an inch at the
12th fret. it plays very easily. Also, I have made a solid bone nut and
saddle for this guitar. The original finish was a dark brown paint and a
lacquer clear coat. I stripped off all of the original finish except for
on the headstock. The headstock still looks 100% original. The back and
sides of this guitar are birch and the neck is maple. I applied a red
mahogany stain the the neck, back, and sides before applying my clear
coat. I used a semi-gloss lacquer finish and buffed it out to a nice low
luster shine. The tuners have been replaced with a golden gate open back
tuner with a nickel finish."
Then there's these sad puppies, that don't sell or go for pennies
This one didn't sell this go round, but had its original case, no
tuners, a detached bridge (was that nut/washer/bolt standard? I need to
go reach inside my 643...), strong logo, honest wear.... a little TLC
would bring this one back strong.
This 621 has an interesting enough grain on the top, I'd almost continue
going without the pickguard! No nut, some side cracks and finish
checking, a nice case, strong logo on a worn headstock, this one went
for just $50.
This one hung on to the bitter end! Look at that bridge... nothing but
complete structural failure kept that last picker from pickin'! Scrape
off what's left, hit
StewMac up for a new bridge and some
tuners, and this unusually thick-script logo'd model will be a fine
strummer once again. It went for $53.
Next up, a pair of Italian-made guitars I admittedly know next to
nothing about. There are nearly exact clones of the 600 series, so I'm
placing them into a mid-60s time frame, and they very nearly match some
EKO models, specifications and production signatures, so I'm going off
of that. If these didn't have a prominent model number stamped inside,
we wouldn't know that.
We got lucky on this one, a "2 66" stamp next to the "Model 698"
stamp puts it clearly into the mid 60s. (See note below) Look
at all the completely duplicated from the 600 series detail: the
shape of the pickguard, the inner soundhole binding (unusual on a budget
guitar, anyway, it was a feature that lasted the entire Harmony-built
run of the model), the 'burst paintjob... and the totally UN-domestic
features like the bolt-on neck and the curved-at-the-bottom fretboard.
In addition, the font for the headstock logo is cursive but still quite
different from the logo we know and love. The "Made in Italy" decal on
back and the "Steel T" decal up between the 'E' tuners let you know
without a doubt at least some of its origins. Oh, yeah... $23
brought it home.
This nice Italian Job didn't sell the first time around, so if you're
interested, give it a
gander and a bid. It's one of the best one of these I've seen, with
the usual finish checking and some cracking/damage on the back, but a
beautiful grain still to the top, all the binding tight, and the unique
logo strong. Another candidate for some TLC.
The first 698 had a stamping of "2 66" which I assumed to be February,
1966. The second 698 example, however, had a stamping of "10 21."
Employing the same date/year conventions, that would make this October,
1921; clearly impossible. That said, I need to know: does anyone know
anything about these mysterious models? Did Sears have stores in Italy
in the mid-60s, or were these 'knock offs' (admittedly, of Sears own
product) brought over as a test of the market's adoption of import
Here's a 1973 EKO catalog illustration of the 'Ranchero 6.'
I'd thought about getting these...
they look like fun, but I'm sure a $5 pair of no-name Pacific Rim
earbuds from the discount store would surpass them in fidelity. Still,
pretty cool setup... maybe mod the innards with today's state-of-the-art
components? Well, there's a great project! This particular pair isn't
working anyway, so why not gut/refurb? As to this odd little piece's
place in the ongoing/unraveling puzzle that is Silvertone World? This
item is interesting because it shares the stylized SR 'Space
Dot' branding alongside the Silvertone name. The Silvertone name
hung around in the electronics department (where it still had a little
'juice' left, apparently) until early 1972, but the name had been out of
use for at least a year by then in the musical instrument department.
7443 Sears headphones VG
$13 Clean, light wear, logo/imprint on headband and cups
strong with original box and paperwork
Some more great vintage headphones from eBay seller
Some Fine Silvertonium has been sold
in the past week or so, and I'd like to show you a few pieces. We'll
start off this first full day of Summer with a sun 'n' fun treat, the
rare Harmony made 851 'skier' model Ukulele.
Harmony Ukulele VG $175 Clean, light wear,
a few cracks, stencil strong but logo looks 'double screened,' seller
has two cracks on the top at the lower bout behind the bridge, one of
them that goes up to the sound hole. Both of them have been fixed and
the uke is structurally fine. "
How about a Harmony-built, 'P' pickup equipped, super rare 1352
Harmony Lap Steel w/ OC VG $318 Clean,
light wear, 'deco' logo strong
Next up, a wonderful example of the Dano-built 'tan and ginger'
covered 1359 guitar.
Dano SSEG w/ OC G $1300 Playing wear to
neck and top covering wear (esp. at bass lower bout edge and treble
waist and cutaway), logo strong, some internal stamping indicates
early 1956 build, seller says "I’m
the second owner. I bought this from the ‘picker” who found it at the
estate sale of the original owner, where it had sat in its case, unused
for years. I’ve done nothing to it except change the strings and play it
– all solder joints, all hardware down to the last screw, everything is
still just as it came when new except for play wear. The "mojo" is
definitely here on this one."
A nice Harmony-made 623 that went for a fine price.
Harmony FHAC w/ OC G $365 Clean, some wear
and scratches, edge wear, light buckle rash, logo strong but looks
'double screened,' some paint drips on back and neck, stamped S-61,
Here's a well-played 'dolphin nose' 1415.
1415 Dano SSEG VG $849
Clean, playing wear all over, logo intact, original gig bag incl.,
stamping indicates March 1962 build making this one of the last to roll
out of the factory
These 'Space Dot' branded amps still
have the 'Silvertone' name on the labels inside!
Sears Tube amp VG $184 Clean, light wear,
incorrect label applied inside cabinet, seller says "This
amp has just been serviced. Three bad filter capacitors and a terminal
block were replaced. All tubes are original. All pots and jacks have
been professionally cleaned. This amp has a great sound even at low
volumes and a nice growl from about halfway up. Tremolo circuit also
Why does an Aristocrat inspire Bedazzling? This is the fourth or fifth
sparklingly 'enhanced' strummer I've seen over the years.
Kay HBEG MOD $407 Bedazzled, cracks at
waist, tuners NS or reinstalled, something going on at neck/body
Every Silvertone Ever marches on as
we add the last of the Danelectro-built guitars to the site.
Check out the new pages for the 1317/1319/1321/1323
and the 'dolphin nose' 1417/1419/1415/1416
I love how Silvertones are a door back
to a different way, a different look, a different priority on the form
and function of an electric guitar. Today's first up is a waaaaay back
to the very beginning of commercial electric guitars. Lap steels and
'Hawaiian' guitars had proven the electronics, and now the pickups and
controls began to appear on 'Spanish' guitars! This was the first that
Sears had to offer in a solidbody non-lap guitar, seen only briefly in
the stores and in the catalog in 1954, this prototypical electric guitar
is a rarity today; even moreso where the guitar currently calls home in
Kay SBEG VG $988USD Clean, light
wear, logo strong, pickup cover and knobs look good
And in the "it slipped in on the 'silvertone' (+, -) word search
in ebay" file: it's this completely insane bass guitar. Look at
it, with its vaguely Rick-ish head shape and decoration. The very
Gibson/Harmony P Series looking pickup (but very differently
dimensioned), and the amazingly Dano-ish bridge/tailpiece. Some crazy
Frankenstein, or a very small custom run... can we at least ID that
It's fun to see terms that I've made up here at Silvertone World to get
footage out there in the 'real' world. Case in point, this 'Space
Dot' model 1212 that sold last week. The guitar's in great shape,
and the description really struck me as a great one, too.
What I like:
-All birch grand concert body size. Just has more sound and tone then my
smaller birch guitars and still comfortable to sit on the couch with.
-Funky pumpkin color.
-Wide profile neck. Wonderful for finger style blues, folk, country.
-No matter how much I dig in with a pick It doesn’t buzz.
-Picking single note jazz lines is just great. Lots of room and it
projects soft and loud tones.
-I have some very fine acoustics with rich ringing tones. This is total
different. Its loud but has this cool woody, reedy tone that allows
single notes to stand out. You can really dig in.
-Playing rhythm is crisp, clean, choppy –so much fun.
-Actually really great to sing blues, country or rock with because of
its strong sound without too many overtones.
-This guitar is tough (I almost think I could play baseball with it.-The
retro hologram “Space Dot” Vibe. It is so cool to pull this out of its
cardboard case in a small gig or with fellow players.
-They look – see the space dot – see the screwed on pick guard absorb
the pumpkin flavor and surprise at the sound coming out.
-Then the amazed questions, what the “h-” is that?
- I have been having so much fun finding the voice in guitars that I
would have previously ignored. It’s not a Martin or Taylor or Gibson
it’s a Space Dot Silvertone.
- Just like you it has a voice all it’s own.
One of the best 619 models I've seen. If you haven't visited the
new page for the super-popular '60s archtop,
head on over!
Kay FHAC VG $220
Clean, minimal wear, finish shiny, logo strong (worn slightly at second
'e'), stamped N-5, original 'how to care for' booklet, picks, strings
book incl., seller says "The
only things I see with this guitar are the following: One of the tuners
has a slight bend, functions fine. Nut on the high e string is chipped,
see the photo, but the string retains fine in the slot and in my opinion
does not warrant replacement.Action is a bit
high...on the 12th fret, it is 1/4 inch. The bridge has been lowered all
the way so you may need to shave the bridge down for lower action.
Plenty of meat on the bridge to shave it down a tad....I leave that to
Gonna ease into the Summer months
with a couple of dynamite guitars that are available at auction right
now. They're so amazing, I felt compelled to bring them to the attention
of our great team of Silvertonians.
Here's the first, an ultra rare 1940 Harmony-built 2256 'Maestro' model from
the very first days of Silvertone guitars. Check the beautiful details:
the baton inlay at the headstock, the unique Silvertone logos on head
and pickguard, the fine multi-layer binding work, and that oh-so-deco
note inlay design on the fretboard add up to a real collector's item.
Brought $600 at auction over the weekend.
The second, an 'Aristocrat' recently found in a music shop
that closed forty plus years ago! It's a Kay-built
642/651, and it's in pretty much 'new old stock' shape.
There's a new compensated bridge and a new set of strings, and the only
nit to pick is that the filler for the logo looks to have shrunken a bit
over the years. Otherwise, you'll not find a better one!
Didn't sell first go-round, give it another shot!
Full disclosure: I receive zero compensation for
bringing these auctions to you. I just feel the items need a larger,
appropriately appreciative audience.
Make sure to visit
May 2012; we saw
some great stuff last month!
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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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