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Old 04-15-2012, 07:17 PM   #21
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ok, you'll probably get a lot more help if you post pictures. Surely someone would be able to identify it for you if nothing else.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:37 PM   #22
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No because if it isnt plywood, because its not soft. The wood is on my guitar is hard and solid


Pine is a relatively soft wood. It is softer than e.g. ash or ebony. Saying it is soft doesn't mean it is a soft like a pillow or something, just that it is soft for being a wood.
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Old 04-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #23
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I have a silvertone bass. I dont think id play it live, but for what I require of it, its good.
Im not sure about their guitars, but that bass they made (they only made one) it can take a helluva beating.
However, the knobs and pickguard came loose. but oh well.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:48 PM   #24
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There's a lot of bad (or partly correct) info above...

Silvertone was a brand name owned by Sears. In the 60's and into the 70's Sears sold Silvertone guitars that were made by Danelectro (of Neptune, NJ), and also by Harmony Guitars of Chicago - different models, sold in different years, but with some overlap. (Towards the end, there were also some Japanese Silvertones made by Teisco.)

Both the Danelectros and Harmony's were pretty low-priced. The Danelectros were generally built with cheaper materials than the Harmony-built models. Danelectros even used masonite in some models, for example, and some sort of vinyl strapping material to cover the side edges of some models.

Old Danelectros, both under their own name, as well as the Silvertone versions, have a pretty decent sound, though, from their lipstick pickups - Jimmy Page held onto his old Danelectro and used it throughout his Led Zep days for a few numbers - including some of the songs where he bowed the guitar.

This is sort of a typical Danelectro, showing that vinyl edging. Jimmy Page's model is more or less like this.

http://www.vintagesilvertones.com/f...ectro_3021.html

Harmony's were typically built with somewhat better materials, including real mother-of-pearl inlays, decent wood for the fretboards, De'Armond single-coil pups that sound pretty good, etc.

My own Silvertone is a '65 Harmony-guilt Model 1478 "Silhouette", styled to look more or less like a Fender Jaguar - its a red and black burst, with a 3-ply tortoise-shell pickgaurd, bound neck, M-O-P block inlays, and a pair of De'Armonds. All that for $89.95 in the Sears catalog.... (I don't know what a Strat cost in 1965, but maybe $250 or so?)

(Here's a video of my model, but not me: ) Clean tones at the beginning, but a bit of Texas boogie on display after a minute and a half or so.

This site shows a variety of Silvertones, of both Harmony and Danelectro-build:

http://www.vintagesilvertones.com/index.html



One popular Danelectro-built Silvertone line was their amp-in-case line, where a 5W tube amp and 8" speaker (I think that is the speaker size) are built into the guitar case itself.

Harmony made some hollow-body models as Silvertones, most of which are more or less Gretsch-styled. Some of these were called Rocket models. Some of these are pretty nice-sounding as well. And if you go back to the 50's and 40's, there were some Harmony-built acoustics and archtops, I think.

The modern Silvertone name is no real relation to the above old Silvertones.

I also thought the Harmony name was being revived, to make reissues of various old Harmony models. But I couldn't find a link.

Vintage Silvertones, Danelectros, and Harmony's have some fans, both from their own character, as well as due to people remembering them fondly as their first guitar. Obviously not nearly as cool as vintage guitars of better brands, but not worthless either!

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Old 04-17-2012, 08:21 PM   #25
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This thread is stupid. Just saying.
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Old 04-18-2012, 02:33 PM   #26
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rschleicher: Thank you for that info!
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:43 AM   #27
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I have one of the Samick Silvertones, and unlike the vintage ones, mines complete crap.
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Old 10-24-2012, 08:25 AM   #28
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My first guitar was a sunburst Silvertone . Not a bad guitar mind you, but not the best either. Great guitar for a beginner.
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Old 10-24-2012, 10:18 AM   #29
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Silvertones are still around:

http://www.silvertoneguitar.com/
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