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amish rob
02-24-2017, 01:26 PM
http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/kitchenfiddle/IMG_1683_zpsh8ytzmfw.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kitchenfiddle/media/IMG_1683_zpsh8ytzmfw.jpg.html)
When they were younger, but established, my wife's maternal grands bought guitars, so they could play and sing together.
This is grandma's. Grandpa has a Gretsch he still plays.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h62/kitchenfiddle/IMG_1684_zps8noamq7p.jpg (http://s61.photobucket.com/user/kitchenfiddle/media/IMG_1684_zps8noamq7p.jpg.html)
Some nameless cousin at some point glued the bridge down. Arrgh. Also, the little block between the E and A strings was broken out. Broken tuning machines. Stuff, you know?
So, I fixed it up, and then became the custodian! What?! :)

This guitar, through a 100 watt Fender head (you can really only crank it to 3 without dying), will play some blues...

Not a new development, but I had it out last night, playing it in the middle of the night. The hollow, pressboard body resonates pretty good, even unplugged...;)

Peace,
Emperor For Life

Breakaway
02-24-2017, 01:41 PM
Nice. Those Silvertones are actually rebranded Danelectro guitars, I believe. A not-too-bright, but jangly tone. It looks killer.

Kevin

Chip-skiff
02-24-2017, 01:46 PM
Nice. Those Silvertones are actually rebranded Danelectro guitars, I believe. A not-too-bright, but jangly tone. It looks killer.

They were a fashion statement in punk bands. Also popular with consciously eccentric musicians such as Beck and David Lindley.

If the glued bridge doesn't cause problems with intonation (check the 12th fret harmonics with new strings) then it's probably not worth messing about. You can remove the broken bridge saddle and make a new one in ebony: couple hours of work.

If the glued bridge is causing problems, I'd try removing the adjustable saddle, masking the top of the guitar with thin foam and foil, then putting a heat lamp (250 watts, watch the closeness) to warm the black wood of the bridge until the glue releases. You might also try one of those microwave hot packs, but don't lay it on the top, just on the bridge. If you pry the bridge up, some of the black finish of the top might come with it.

amish rob
02-24-2017, 01:47 PM
Nice. Those Silvertones are actually rebranded Danelectro guitars, I believe. A not-too-bright, but jangly tone. It looks killer.

Kevin
Oh, it is hilarious. It is so old school "high tech" it's funny, but it gets some good sounds. I think it is a Danelectro. It's funny. Most of its life has been in a case under a bed, except for a brief stint with cousin.

It actually plays well, but the back of the neck is sparkle painted, too, which makes playing weird.

Peace,
Robert

Todd Bradshaw
02-24-2017, 01:59 PM
I remember seeing those in the Sears store. Monkey Wards also sold guitars - Airline brand, which were even stranger than the Silvertones, especially the ones with molded plastic bodies. The only Silvertone product I ever owned was a bass amp with a solid state head and a cabinet a bit bigger than a Bandmaster cabinet, but containing six tens. I blew them out playing a back yard party at somebody's house. The next day I took it on the bus (I don't remember how, as it was pretty big) back to Sears. I told the gal behind the counter that it was broken and she just handed me $225 in cash, no questions asked. I took that cash to another store and bought my first Ampeg B15N - only the store was in a construction zone and I had to roll it two blocks on those little dolly wheels through gravel to get back to the bus stop.

amish rob
02-24-2017, 02:07 PM
I remember seeing those in the Sears store. Monkey Wards also sold guitars - Airline brand, which were even stranger than the Silvertones, especially the ones with molded plastic bodies. The only Silvertone product I ever owned was a bass amp with a solid state head and a cabinet a bit bigger than a Bandmaster cabinet, but containing six tens. I blew them out playing a back yard party at somebody's house. The next day I took it on the bus (I don't remember how, as it was pretty big) back to Sears. I told the gal behind the counter that it was broken and she just handed me $225 in cash, no questions asked. I took that cash to another store and bought my first Ampeg B15N - only the store was in a construction zone and I had to roll it two blocks on those little dolly wheels through gravel to get back to the bus stop.
That is awesome! I love stories like that.
Nostalgia is fun, sometimes. :)

Oldest Son is a serious bass player, and my one, life long buddy is a pro bass player. They both swear by Ampeg.

I fumble on the guitar. False modesty. I'm okay. My favorite amp is loud. I have always subscribed to the volume as a technique school. :)
Actually, as I get older, I play guitar less and uke more. I like the plucky little suckers. They really are great for Americana and Bluegrass. To bad I am not. Yet... ;)

Peace,
Robert

amish rob
02-24-2017, 02:10 PM
You know, the best part, to me, was my repair of the bridge. Every single person was BLOWN AWAY that I could fix a wooden bridge.
The joinery amazed them all. It's not that good. The color is off, and the seam shows pretty blatantly in the right light. Meh.

Everyone I know thinks I just stand around staring at trees and boards or logs, or scribbling on paper or vellum.:)

Peace,
Robert

Jim Bow
02-24-2017, 02:12 PM
Find the movie "Monterey Pop". During The Who set, Pete Townshend plays a Fender, but in the final song, the one in which he smashes his guitar, he plays a Silvertone.
Note: my son pointed this out. I cannot attest to its veracity.

Update: after posting, I discovered that there's a Who smashed guitar database. It was actually a Strat.

Breakaway
02-24-2017, 02:14 PM
I have always subscribed to the volume AS,a technique school

There's a great interview on You Tube with Mick Ronson, where he's asked how he gets his tone. The interviewer builds up to this question with heaps of praise and by citing examples of iconic Ronson licks. When he shuts up, Ronson blinks his eyes, and says, quietly, in his thick accent: " You turn it up. All the way, yeah. That's it.Turn it up. "

Then he shut up. :D

Kevin

Jim Bow
02-24-2017, 02:31 PM
Hendrix played a Silvertone.
http://images.equipboard.com/uploads/source/image/9320/rprmNtz.jpg

bobbys
02-24-2017, 02:46 PM
Find the movie "Monterey Pop". During The Who set, Pete Townshend plays a Fender, but in the final song, the one in which he smashes his guitar, he plays a Silvertone.
Note: my son pointed this out. I cannot attest to its veracity.

Update: after posting, I discovered that there's a Who smashed guitar database. It was actually a Strat..

I read where they asked Chet Atkins about people smashing guitars.

he replied, some guitars need smashing.

Jimmy W
02-24-2017, 03:06 PM
That one was probably built by Harmony. Looks like this 1962 Stratotone. http://vintagesilvertones.com/forsale_silvrtn-jupitr_10-09.html

http://vintagesilvertones.com/guitar/harmony_jupiter/silvertone_jupiter_10-09.jpg

Lew Barrett
02-24-2017, 03:27 PM
.

I read where they asked Chet Atkins about people smashing guitars.

he replied, some guitars need smashing.

Start here!

http://whyguitar.com/images/esteban-guitar-lessons-image.jpg

bobbys
02-24-2017, 03:37 PM
Start here!

http://whyguitar.com/images/esteban-guitar-lessons-image.jpg.

Hey, I almost bought one after watching him play spanish guitar!

ron ll
02-24-2017, 03:50 PM
I had one like this in about 1957 before I bought my '58 Strat. It was bought from Sears and said Silvertone on it. I didn't see the Danelectros until later. I'm sure I bought it no later than 1957 altho the caption on this picture calls it a "1960's" Danelectro. I also 'think' mine had two pickups, but I might be wrong.

http://d2ydh70d4b5xgv.cloudfront.net/images/7/b/vintage-silvertone-u-1-electric-guitar-u1-copper-color-used-5cb3144ab8942dcc13e21f9bb68a2d62.jpg

amish rob
02-24-2017, 04:11 PM
That one was probably built by Harmony. Looks like this 1962 Stratotone. http://vintagesilvertones.com/forsale_silvrtn-jupitr_10-09.html

http://vintagesilvertones.com/guitar/harmony_jupiter/silvertone_jupiter_10-09.jpg
Haha. Yeah! The blender! Ha.
That's it, right there, man!
Now, just imagine a gangly old ding ding caterwauling to the accompaniment of one.
Now you know why I spend so much time alone. :)

Peace,
El Troubador

leikec
02-24-2017, 04:54 PM
I'm always amazed how sloppy-goopy guitar players are about their instruments :D

Jeff C

Hallam
02-24-2017, 05:31 PM
A photo of my mother playing slide guitar. I think it was the Harmony that dad had.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n49/Hallams/Mum%20Playing%20Slide%20Guitar%202_zpswpz28qit.jpg (http://s109.photobucket.com/user/Hallams/media/Mum%20Playing%20Slide%20Guitar%202_zpswpz28qit.jpg .html)

.......and this is my Rickenbacker lap steel, built in 36, the first electric guitars. It used to belong to Slim Dusty's slide player back in the 60's.
http://i109.photobucket.com/albums/n49/Hallams/photo3_zpsr94txzxz.jpg (http://s109.photobucket.com/user/Hallams/media/photo3_zpsr94txzxz.jpg.html)

woodpile
02-24-2017, 05:39 PM
Hey, Grandma was a rocker, that's what counts.

Shang
02-24-2017, 06:00 PM
Grandma's Chicago Piano

http://www.thompsonsmg.com/thompsonvertical_192x450.gif

Canoeyawl
02-24-2017, 06:23 PM
Interesting title, my grandmother was born in 1898 and relating an electric guitar to that requires some imagination.

Lew Barrett
02-24-2017, 06:24 PM
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Hey, I almost bought one after watching him play spanish guitar!

I hadn't forgotten! I warned you off it:)

Breakaway
03-03-2017, 07:46 PM
Here's one with a pair of lipstick pickups, and put to very good use, IMHO.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH-_9cwdLug

Kevin

Jimmy W
03-03-2017, 08:11 PM
My friend Heather plays a Danelectro bass.

Heather Crosse "You Don't Move Me "


https://youtu.be/T51e68XBFCA

Breakaway
03-03-2017, 09:22 PM
I like her, Jimmy!

Kevin

amish rob
03-03-2017, 10:08 PM
I like her, Jimmy!

Kevin
Jimmy is ALWAYS dropping good tunes.
Always.

Peace,
Robert

Jimmy W
03-03-2017, 10:14 PM
She is a beautiful talented young lady with a great personality.