Vintage Silvertone 1382L / Kay Thin Twin

Vintage Silvertone 1382L / Kay Thin Twin

We're thrilled to have had this mint 1956 Silvertone 1382L in the shop. The 1382 was manufactured by Kay in Chicago but rebranded for distribution through the Sears catalog in 1953. The Thin Twin name came from the look of the two thin blade single coil pickups.     Many of these guitars suffer from poorly fit neck joints and warped/non-adjustable necks. This one, however, was in excellent condition with a proper original neck joint, straight neck and factory fret height. The huge neck was really fun to play and the pickups were…Read more
1966 Kay Electric Bass K5925

1966 Kay Electric Bass K5925

This faded out Seafoam Green Kay Electric Bass is in great playing condition with original parts. The potentiometer codes date to early 1966. The original Kluson tuners are in good condition along with the original DeArmond "speed bump" pickup. Instead of a fully hollow body like the Harmony guitars, Kay manufactured these with a solid Maple body with large cavity route. This is a solid feeling bass with that classic relic look.Read more
Vintage Guitar Appraiser

Vintage Guitar Appraiser

Are you wondering what your vintage acoustic guitar, vintage electric guitar, or vintage amplifier might be worth? If your cherished heirloom was stolen or damaged, how would you prove to the insurance company what it might be worth? I'd like to help put your mind at ease. My affordable appraisal service can provide you and your insurer with a properly researched document that will determine the make, model, year of manufacture, originality and condition estimate. Furthermore, this document will provide valuable insight into the value of your guitar in the open market. My…Read more
What vintage electric guitar does Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas play?

What vintage electric guitar does Afie Jurvanen of Bahamas play?

Guitarist and songwriter Afie Jurvanen has been making waves in the indie rock scene with his latest album, Bahamas is Afie. His blues inspired music is guitar heavy with tasteful melodies and fuzzy, quirky solos reminiscent of Annie Clark (St. Vincent). But that's not all they have in common. Both have an affinity for those Chicago made, formerly "cheap" catalog guitars bearing the name Silvertone and Harmony on the headstock. Afie plays a 1960s Silvertone Jupiter and has for a while. At some point in time he seems to have gutted the thing in favor of…Read more
Consign your vintage guitar or amplifier with True Vintage Guitar

Consign your vintage guitar or amplifier with True Vintage Guitar

True Vintage Guitar offers consignment service for those who want to sell their guitar or amplifier at a professional level without the years of infrastructure building and hassle that it requires. A consignment option puts years of experience in your hands and safe guards you from the pitfalls of selling outside your area of expertise. These are some of the benefits you'll receive when you consign your piece with True Vintage Guitar: Professional pricing that combines real industry knowledge with current published values Diversified inventory that draws in buyers and allows them to shop…Read more
1967 Harmony H59 Rocket… Version 2

1967 Harmony H59 Rocket… Version 2

If you have followed this blog for a while you might remember my first Rocket (Rocket Version 1).  If you read through that post then you might have seen the comment by a guy about his Harmony Rocket.  Well, here it is!This Harmony Rocket was built in 1967 in Chicago.  Harmony made this version of the Rocket from '66 to '67.  Sometime between '67 and '68 they discontinued the single cutaway and produced instead the double cutaway version which I am not a very big fan of.I am a huge fan of the…Read more
Harmony Bobkat Video Blog

Harmony Bobkat Video Blog

I picked up this Harmony Bobkat a couple of days ago.  I didn't feel like writing tonight but I wanted to get the word out about these so I made a quick video about it.  Check it out, comment, disagree, like it, share it.... participate.I just wanted to show that while I could be playing much more expensive and technically "better" guitars, instead I am playing this one.  You don't have to pay 3 grand to get a solid vintage guitar.  Price does not translate into quality, playability or tone.  The price of…Read more
50s Kay Kraftsman Jumbo…. The poor man’s J-200

50s Kay Kraftsman Jumbo…. The poor man’s J-200

I saw an old amp on Craigslist in Tuscaloosa the other day.  It was a Silvertone 1472 sporting about 10 watts or so and a 12" speaker.  I was heading to Tuscaloosa on business that day so I figured I would inquire about it.  Unfortunately I was about 10 minutes too late.The seller was very nice and asked what else I was interested in.  I told him I like anything old and made in America.  He said he had an old Kay flat top that had a body made by Gibson.  I thought…Read more
1963 Harmony Rocket H59 with 3 Rowe Industries DeArmond “Gold Foil” Pickups

1963 Harmony Rocket H59 with 3 Rowe Industries DeArmond “Gold Foil” Pickups

This one has been a favorite since day one, the Harmony Rocket:I just about jumped out of my chair when this one popped up in PoDunk, AL (not a real place).  It was covered in half a century's dirt and dust from being in a garage for so long.  After a quick wipe down with a barely damp cloth the finish was sparkling.  I was amazed at how well this one cleaned up.  Seems like the first thing anyone notices about these are the knobs.  SO MANY KNOBS:Individual Bakelite volume and tone knobs…Read more