Monday, November 28, 2011

Upgraded/modified Silvertone 1482 tube combo amp in Cleveland for $325

Readers of this blog know my fondness for the Danelectro built Silvertone amps and I put the 1482 at the to of that list. This seller is offering his "gigging amp," a 1482 that's been professionally modified with a Fender 5E3 type tone circuit and a filter cap selector switch to give it three different gain options. The speaker baffle upgrade is a plus since a cheap original baffle is one of the downsides of these amps when stock (they can rattle at higher volume). The look is altered a bit by the speaker "grate" but I understand the choice. Nice amp for a nice price.


Silvertone 1482 vintage tube amp - $325 (Parma - South)

Date: 2011-11-21, 9:29PM EST
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1960's Silvertone Model 1482 all-tube guitar amplifier. Tubes appear to be original except I replaced the 12AX7s. Original Fisher speaker.

Modifications performed by technician include:
- New "orange drop" coupling caps
- New cathode resistor
- Tone control modified to "Fender 5E3" circuit
- Upgraded 3 prong power cord
- Cathode bypass capacitor switch to switch between .22uf and .47uf cap and no cap on the instrument channel. This modification provides for added overdrive. The .22uf is standard Fender style cbc on most preamp circuits. The hole in the chassis used was the second instrument channel input jack. The hole was drilled out slighly to fit the switch.

A custom schematic of these mods is included, and reversing the mod is easily done - but I dont think you will want to!

I believe the filter caps were replaced, but I can not confirm. The amp has no hum, an indication they were replaced.

Modification I performed:
Upgraded 3/4" plywood speaker baffle. Creates more solid improved tone. The original "diamond cut-out" baffle is included.

The original back panel does not sit-in flush due to the thicker baffle.
A custom-made back panel with cutout for speaker magnet is included.
Cabinet covering is in good condition with some fraying on corners.

This was my main gigging amp 2-3 gigs/month 2009-2010, and it performed very well.

Silvertone 1482 - makes a great gift!

•Location: Parma - South

Ampeg Reverbrocket Tube combo in Cleveland for $300

This seller is offering a vintage 1965 ReverbRocket tube amp that he says is all original for only $300. Of course he's also willing to trade it for USA made Gibson or Fender guitars (who wouldn't). The cash price is a good deal.


1965 Ampeg reverbrocket.. all original..for trade - $300 (brunswick)

Date: 2011-11-27, 10:31AM EST
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1965 ampeg reverbrocket all original except some full working issues...speaker is not blown and sounds great...tremelo and reverb works perfectly.original footswitch..vintage sound...will trade for modern high gain tube amps or gibsons faded or studio..or american fenders..or maybe a nice bass.all offers me all offers...can try before u buy

•Location: brunswick

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Airline mystery tube amp and Fuzz pedal in Detroit for $250

Whatever this is (most likely a 9013A) it is worth taking a look. Check out the post:


airline tube combo amp - $250 (novi)

Date: 2011-11-25, 11:30PM EST
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I have an alltube airline amp from the 1960's. sounds great and works great all original very smooth with no hum. also have a handmade fuzz pedal ill give with it, always used them as a pair for real powerful garage rock tone. selling it for 250 obo. i have seen em usually for 3 to 400 but given the current market (SH**Y) asking only 250

•Location: novi

Airline Twin 12 Tube amp in a Custom Cabinet in Detroit for $550

This looks like a really nice conversion job on this Airline 9171. This amp has the same basic tube lineup as the Silvertone 1485 and I'd suspect it sounds just as good. The cabinets were always the weak spot on these so a nice heavy duty jointed pine custom build like this is a dream come true.

I doubt the previous owner would have taken the effort and expense to do all this if the amp didn't sound pretty damn awesome.


Airline twin 2x12 all tube combo FS/FT - $550 (Sterling Heights)

Date: 2011-11-26, 7:54AM EST
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1970's 2x12 airline all tube combo. ( Montgomery ward sold these amps as a head. the model # GIM9171A ) This amp runs at 2 ohm like a vintage tweed bassman & sounds like a bassman. 5 x 12ax7, 4 x 6l6GC, 1 x 6v6GT. 2 x G12M - 70 watt celestion speakers. 2 channel's with trem & reverb. The cab was custom built about 8 or so years ago with void less plywood & finger joint corners. & it has a Close back design with cooling fan & its on wheels. 550.00 or trade. 586-***-****.

•Location: Sterling Heights

Silvertone 1457 in Sherman Oaks CA for $400

These 1457's seem to be popping up lately - here is another one for $400. Nice deal on a nice useful guitar.


Vintage 1960's Silvertone Guitar - $400 (Sherman Oaks)

Date: 2011-11-25, 3:09PM PST
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Plays/sounds great!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Silvertone 1423L - Harmony Jupiter in Chicago for $325

Here is a nice early Christmas present for a guitarist in the Chicago area - Silvertone 1423L aka Harmony Jupiter. Very desireable top of the line Stratotone circa 1963 as played by Spencer Davis and others (also early on by Brian Jones if I am not mistaken).

Nice bound neck on these with trapezoid MOP inlays and the "blend" knob.


nice vintage silvertone - $325 (naperville)

Date: 2011-11-23, 11:45AM CST
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vintage silvertone. gold-flecked body. crack in side, missing logo,(broke, fell off) it was the metal one you see on e-bay for 15 bucks. missing two control knobs, butotherwise, plays well. 325 obo. call 630-***-****, thanks

•Location: naperville

Fender Pro Reverb w/ AB763 Circuit in Portland for $500

You would have to play this amp to decide for your self but everything about its pedigree tells me it should sound as good as the seller says. This must have been a 1970's model. The Pro Reverb is traditionally a 40 watt amp so it is really not the same as a Twin Reverb but lower wattage means warmer tube tone at lower (i.e. more reasonable) volumes. Some of the later Pro Reverbs did bump up to 70 watts so this could be one of those. Either way it should be a two 6L6 power tube circuit similar to a Super Reverb.

The amp looks very nice in the pics. It has decent speakers and I love the foldback legs. I don't see why they added the Twin Reverb Panel but perhaps it was a personal choice.

Definitely worth a look. I am a fan of the Pro Reverb myself.



Date: 2011-11-22, 2:45PM PST
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Silvertone Kayelectric in Tacoma WA for $300

I haven't played one of these Kay made Silvertones but the whole setup looks similar to a Vanguard or K-100. I'd expect it to sound pretty good. And Sea Foam green is the balls.


Silvertone Guitar with Case - $300 (Tacoma)

Date: 2011-11-22, 8:31AM PST
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Silvertone Guitar (KAY) , with case , Sea Foam Green , 1 pick-up , 1 vol , 1 tone , early 60's vintage , 253-***-****

•Location: Tacoma

Lyle version of ET-270 in Seattle area for $200

This Lyle branded ET-270 should be good to go. Nice looks and finish with full luthier setup, adjustment and cleaning. These are pretty rugged guitars and can be fun to play. This one still has the original Vibrato arm which is rare.

Kurt Cobain used to refer to his as a "plywood guitar" but that didn't stop him from using it on stage and in videos. BTW - they are actually solid wood bodies not plywood. - JC



Date: 2011-11-23, 7:16AM PST
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197O's - LYLE Stratocaster guitar - this is a very nice survivor - the Tobacco Sunburst finish is in most excellent condition ! - the guitar was just adjusted by a Luthier - new strings , frets cleaned, neck adjusted & action set - / pot cleaned & tested - - good sounding !! / with cheap case - / available to show at my work Mon - Sat 1-5 / $ - ! $ 200. Cash only / call me - 206-***-**** /


1963 Silvertone 1457 in Los Angeles area for $250

Here is a seller listing a black Silvertone/Danelectro 1457 for only $250 - that is a great deal. I just sold my Red 1457 (which was also a '63) for $400 and I thought that was a great deal (so did the buyer) and mine was in pretty rough shape with no amp-in-case.

I am actually contemplating picking this one up just because it is such a great deal - but it would probably just sit like my other one did since I play my H44 so much these days.


1963 Silvertone Guitar Model 1457 - $250 (Valencia)

Date: 2011-11-23, 8:10AM PST
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1963 Silvertone Guitar volume pot # 137-63-19= 19th week of 1963 comes with 2 Lipstick pickups, just plug it in its ready to go. As you can see from the pictures it has the typical bumps and bruises associated with these guitars. Its a great Roots of Rock or Blues guitar. Add some
pedals and it can do whatever you want it to.
NO TRADES call or text 310 ***-**** $250.00 OBO

•Location: Valencia

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

R.L. Burnside plays "See My Jumper" on an old Guyatone-Kent in1978

This was a featured Video on Google/YouTube today (at least it was on my homepage).

Gotta love seeing and hearing the great R.L. Burnside in his work boots showing us all how its done. Note the metal plate between his first fret and nut that seems to be giving this department store guitar its unique tone.

His impeccable rhythm and great vocals don't hurt either.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Why I love Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix may be the most iconic of all guitar players - but IMO he is also one of the most approachable. From my first exposure to his music via the studio recordings - to the dozens of live recordings and interviews - I have always found him to be incredibly likeable as a person. This simple little record of him playing a Zemaitis 12 String is a perfect example (note that Tony Zemaitis would have been a little known 35 years old luthier at this point and far from the electric guitar making legend he became via his association with Ron Wood, etc.)

Compare the persona of this "legendary guitarist" with any other past or current guitar gods and see if you agree. I can't think of anyone I'd rather have over for tea and a little Sunday morning jam Session than this inimitable blues man.

The tragedy of his loss at age 27 is incomparable. Only Duane Allmann at age 24 came close but you can't really compare Duane and Jimi. There will never was and never will be a musician like Jimi Hendrix.


Checkout a site called - great vintage photos and gear

I stumbled across this site on an image search and there is a very wide selection of info on hundreds of obscure one-off and hit-less-wonder bands from the sixties and early seventies including some great pics of these teenage wunderkind and their funky (now vintage) gear being played "as new."

This pic of "Rick's Continentals" is just one of many classic photos.

It will bring back a lot of memories for us middle-aged types, and who knows - you might even find a pic of yourself and your old high school band in there.

Here is the link:

- Jim C

Thursday, November 17, 2011

1958 Old Kraftsman (Kay) 2 pickup Vanguard in great condition on eBay for $299 BIN w Free shipping

If you are interested in these Kay USA Built guitars this one looks very nice and the price is certainly right. These are unique but very cool - especially for slide.

Note: eBay has changed its' picture file system so I can no longer clip and repost pics from their auctions - but I've posted a "file photo" of the same model. The guitar in the pic has an upgraded "Tunematic" style bridge which does not come on an original Old Kraftsman Vanguard (but it does show what is possible with these).


Vintage Rare OLD KRAFTSMAN Flat Body Electric Guitar / 1958 / Kay / Sunburst

Item number: 350500616784

Item location: McFarland, Wisconsin, United States

Price: US $299.99 BIN


Old Kraftsman / Kay

1958 Electric Guitar

>>>Sunburst Finish<<<

Very Rare Vintage 1958 Old Kraftsman 2 Pickup Electric Guitar. Neck is straight and condition is outstanding given it's age! 2 Pickups / 2 Vol + 2 Tone Controls / Big Dot Inlays / Very COOL!!!! I have never seen one quite like this before!

Condition: Very Good - Excellent / Store Trade / Been Played, but treated with extreme respect. Needs a good new home and some TLC from someone who values a true vintage piece! / No Case.

This is Vintage and very old / Sold AS-IS / No Returns / ANY Questions....Message us!

International Buyers Welcome!

Guild Thunderbird Tube amp in Boston area for $300

The Thunderbird was Guilds version of the Fender Pro Reverb. It has Dual 6L6 power tubes for about 50 watts, Tremolo and Reverb. I don't know much about Guild amps but my quick research tells me that this seems like a unique example because it has the Cabinet and speaker configuration of a "Version 2" Thunderbird but the Face panel and chassis appear to be from the earlier Version 1. I suppose it could be a transition model.

These amps are well liked by players that own them and they fly way below the radar. If this is a Version 1 chassis then it would probably have the "can reverb" instead of the full "pan reverb" of the later model. Check it out:


Vintage Guild Thunderbird Guitar Amplifier - $300 (Dennis)

Date: 2011-11-17, 8:49AM EST
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This is an early '60's Guild Thunderbird guitar amplifier as advertised at the time by a very young George Benson. There aren't many of these around and an opportune time for someone to pick this up. A couple spots where covering has peeled but not bad .... cabinet can be easily recovered and look new. I'm on Cape Cod but thought there may be better interest in and around the Boston area, Call Jim 508.***-****

NOTE: I will not reply to emails ... too many spammers and scammers on CL.

Location: Dennis

Don't blame me if it's a scam but - 1961 Fender Strat in Austin TX for $2K

Maybe this is a typo and the seller wants $20K for the guitar. or maybe it is just some kind of fishing expedition - BUT - it is my job to alert you to these things so...

1961 Fender Stratocaster in Austin TX. $2000 Too good to be true? Probably yes.

Regular readers of this blog know about my experiences buying guitars from Texas so I am not biting - bit if you do - or if you find out more - please let us all know. - JC


1961 Fender Stratocaster Vintage Electric Guitar - $2000 (austin)

Date: 2011-11-17, 10:23AM CST
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Contact says to email for more info and pictures.

Location: austin
it's NOT ok to contact this poster with services or other commercial interests

Fender Quad Reverb amp in Los Angeles area for $550

C'mon - you know you want it! Thought your 1970's Twin was a mutha to haul around? How 'bout this bad mammajamma? Of course if you've got a roadie (or a girlfriend) to lug your gear for you then just go for it. They'll curse the day you were born! This would make a nice pairing with an Ampeg SVT guitar amp. LOL!

In all seriousness - Quad Reverbs are both rare and cool - but oh so hard to fit in the back of your Scion TC. However if you can just park it and plug it in (at a rehearsal space or at a club or recording studio as a house amp) you get a heck of a lot of serious guitar tone for not much money. Compare this to a 1970's Marshall head and 4x12 cabinet and you'll see that it is only about 1/3 the price.

Too bad the seller won't ship it... what a wimp!. LOL!


VINTAGE EARLY 1970s FENDER QUAD REVERB AMP - $550 (Westlake Village)

Date: 2011-11-15, 3:58PM PST
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The incomparable Fender Quad Reverb -- twice the amp that a Fender Twin is -- but at an affordable price. This is a one owner amp. Four 12-inch speakers - three original Fender speakers, one replacement. The grill is a little worn in places but the amp sounds great -- and LOUD. Comes with the reverb/vibrato foot switch but the input jack on the switch needs to be re-soldered. Can't ship the amp because it is too heavy and cumbersome to pack. But if you're in the LA area, come and get it.

Location: Westlake Village

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Teisco Mania on eBay - and other traditional gems not gettin' the love

Strange trend happening on eBay right now. Teisco's are getting snatched up at until recently unheard of prices and some traditional low-end collectible (and very playable) guitars not generating the buzz or dollars they should be able to command.

Here is a list of recent eBay Teisco sales - all in the last 30 days

Teisco VN-4 baritone - $381 on Nov 13
Kawai-St. George 4 pickup electric - $586 (+ $68 shipping) on Nov 6.
Teisco Crescendo teardrop vox copy - $660 on Oct. 27
Teisco Kent SS-4L - $749 on Oct 26
Teisco T-60 repair project - $566 on Oct 23
Teisco SS-4L (non-gold foil model) - $611 on Oct 22
Teisco SS-4L Gold foil - $708 on Oct 21

I am not trying to fuel any kind of Teisco buying spree but i do want to alert my readers that as an apparent result of this new MIJ focus some nice USA guitars from the 1960's are going for cheap prices like the Silvertone 1457 that sold with it's amp in case yesterday for only $411 + $30 shipping. That was a nice guitar for a very low price. Harmony and Kay lovers should keep a close watch on the bay. - JC

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Fender 1989 USA Stratocaster in Middleton OH for $400

This seller appears to be some kind of commercial dealer in OH and they are selling this nice 1989 USA Blackie for $400 - a crazy cheap price for a Corona Strat. The locking tuners give it the appearance of a Strat Plus but it has the regular pickups (not Lace Sensors) so this is a straight USA Stratocaster.

I am tempted myself but personally I hate black guitars. Don't ask me what is going on with that pickguard - some funky shape happening around the volume knob0.


1989 Fender Stratocaster - $400 (Middletown,OH 45044)

Date: 2011-11-09, 4:38PM EST
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Nice USA stratocaster for the working musician! OHSC included.

-some knicks on body of guitar
+ customized pick guard
+ excellent playing condition

Visit our showroom Monday thru Saturday or call (513) *** ***** during our normal business hours (noon to 5 p.m.)

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Cool Japanese J-160 type Acoustic with Pickup in Louisville KY area for $125

This is a pretty cool old Japanese acoustic from what I can see. It looks like a cross between a Gibson J-160e and a Fender Sonoran. The neck looks like real mahogany rather than the usual laminated strips and the top may be solid spruce - or it could be laminate - impossible to tell from a photo.

Either way this is a pretty unique guitar. The pickup and controls all look original. I can't recall ever seeing one of these before. This may have been one of the Kents sold in Canada.


Vintage Japanese Acoustic Electric Guitar - Kent or Teisco (No Label) - $125 (Clarksville, IN)

Date: 2011-11-01, 5:57PM EDT
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I am selling a Vintage Japanese guitar that looks to be a Teisco, but could possibly be a Kent.
The guitar has a single coil magnetic pickup with a volume and tone control mounted on the body.
There is no logo to show the brand, but there is a Japanese figure inside the sound hole.
The guitar plays really good. That combined with the vintage aged wood makes for a really good sounding guitar.
All of the white trim on the guitar has aged to a really nice cream color. The tuners work well, and the frets are not worn down.

Overall, this is a great guitar, and a nice collector's piece for those of you who are interested in vintage Japanese guitars.
I know one thing: vintage Japanese guitars are my favorite. I don't want to part with this one, but times are tough, and business is business.
Let me know if you're interested, and I'll let you know where I'm at so you can come try it out and potentially buy it. Even if you don't think it looks great, you'll love it when you play it.
Personally, I think it looks great, but like I said, I like old vintage Japanese guitars. This one definitely has that classic vibe that you're sure to love.
All I'm asking is $125 because I want this to be accessible to more people, even if they don't have a lot of money to spend.

Gretsch New Yorker in Kansas City KS for $300

Sounds like condition may be an issue with this instrument ("Rough" can mean a lot of things) but you may still want to check this one out. Gretsch New Yorkers are nice Vintage archtops - on par with Gibson to a certain degree. They usually command a pretty penny in good shape.


Gretsch New Yorker Acoustic guitar OBO - $300 (Kansas City, KS)

Date: 2011-11-01, 8:54AM CDT
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Great guitar, in slightly rougher condition than shown. Email me for more pictures, This is a great acoustic guitar, excellent for anyone trying to find a cheap acoustic

•Location: Kansas City, KS


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