Dating silvertone archtop guitars
Many vintage guitar owners value guitar dating and guitar serial number data to date their electric and acoustic guitars.Guitar dating services provide serial numbers to date your guitar.To paraphrase Bo Diddley: "I got a brand new amp that I modified Made from rattlesnake hide." This 1483 setup's been re-covered, re-wired and re-speakered with two 12" Jensens replacing the original single 15".Here's an oddity in Silvertone World; sometime in the mid-60s, Kay produced its own take on the popular 604 guitar for sale at Sears.The weekend we in most of the US 'change the clocks' seems as good a time as any to share this modification. Sometimes you come across items that put you at a loss for words. Several Harmony-built Silvertones came with a protective jacket that allowed you to play and control the guitar, while keeping the finish protected. 50 years ago, this beautiful all-mahogany member of the popular 600 series came about, offered in the 1966 Wish Book, then later in a warehouse-clearing supplemental catalog in '71.Understand, I would *never* do this to any Silvertone, especially a super-rare 680 ' Aristocrat.' Taking some design cues from Mosrite, the MIJ Silvertone 1445 sported varying degrees of fanciness over its lifetime beginning in 1968; metal logo/ printed logo, bound/unbound body, flamed wood/plain wood... Rosewood fingerboard, faux-tortoise bound front and back edges with matching pickguard.Looks like this one may have spent some time as a wall hanger, if that headstock hole is any indication.Dating a Guitar to locate the year it was made - Locate the year your guitar was made to find out the possible value depending on condition.
Here's your basic strummer from late '68: it's the one-pickup MIJ Silvertone 1405.
Even as the 'low-end' electric, it was fancy enough for a contoured body, bound fingerboard, 4-ply pickguard and a shiny Silvertone logo.