I am not an expert on musical instruments, but with a little research this is what i found. This has been a pampered instrument and is in perfect condition. Harmony was, in its heyday, the largest musical instrument manufacturer in the united states. What type of ukulele is this and what is the approximate value. A stage ready fishman active eq offers maximum control and. At the time harmony was led by joe kraus, who was chairman until 1940. Antique silvertone guitars were manufactured by five guitar makers, danelectro, harmony, national, kay, and teisco, to be sold by sears department store from the 1950s into the early 1970s. Silvertone was the name given by sears roebuck for their line of musical instruments between the 1940s and 1970s, silvertone was not a manufacturer, but simply the name sears applied to instruments made by other companies such as harmony, regal, valco, and kay. The ukulele is now available and details the construction of soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone sized ukuleles.
Silvertone 853e electroacoustic ukulele, natural satin at. It sounds pretty amazing considering the challenges it has had. Ukulele friend best vintage ukuleles ukulele friend. Sears retail harmony meant way more to our culture than some giant bigbox stores. Silvertone 853e electroacoustic ukulele, natural satin the silvertone 853ns ukulele reissue is a throwback to the 40s. The book shows how the technologies of successive generations recorded. Three singlecoil pickups and a tremolo bridge offer plenty of sonic control and inspiration. When it comes to iconic american guitar brands, silvertone still ranks among the most popular and culturally remembered. Wills lockdown ukulele playalong i wanna be like you, hot tamales and psycho killer duration.
We are accepting online orders but shipments may take longer than normal. Stumpf was a wellregarded steel guitar player who was a student of joseph kekuku 10, the person many regard as the inventor of the steel style of guitar playing. The tuners are the style that harmony was using in. Silvertone world is dedicated to the history, evolution and appreciation of silvertone guitars, amplifiers, electronics, instruments and the artists who use them. Item photos, item photos, details vintage silvertone 4string banjo brown sunburst made in usa model 367. A new history of the origins and development of the ukulele, 1838. Due to covid19 we are focused on protecting the safety of our employees. Once you lower that to get action down to 332 at 12th fret it becomes a fabulous uke. Tiki kings ukulele database, silvertone brand ukuleles. The harmony company is a former guitar manufacturing company that is currently a brand owned by singapore company bandlab technologies.
Its in great condition and it plays great with a very nice action. For your consideration is this beautiful vintage silvertone baritone ukulele. Early in the decade, there was a great new interest in folk music as folk artists moved from rural areas to the cities. If the label was removed it was done very carefully for there are no signs of scraping or scuffing on the head stock. In 1928, harmony introduced the first of many roy smeck models, and went on to become the largest producer in the u. It starts with a history of the instrument and its emergence from hawaii to. Here we have a nice little harmony all mahogany baritone uke.
Samick sold musical instruments under the silvertone brand, and relaunched some historic models, until the brand was eventually discontinued. I have not learned to play this ukulele and thus selling it. I checked out a few books on guitar maintenance and repair. I am offering this very cool old silvertone 4 string bass guitar. It had some condition issues and the head and neck have been rebuilt, so the logo is missing. The museum is a nonprofit organization with federal 501 c nonprofit status. Silvertone world current online auction prices for. Vintage silvertone harmony baritone ukulele, 1950s. Classic, instrument that was made by silvertone in the usa and sold by sears roebuck. This nifty record holder was designed and patented by the same gentleman who gave classrooms, libraries, bedrooms and studies everywhere a world globe to study. The 1960s were a decade of change in just about every facet of american life.
Just like the original silvertone guitars from the golden age of the 50s and 60s, silvertone reissue guitars offer a unique playing experience that will inspire you to express yourself in the same way as the rock icons that played the originals did. Get the best deal for 4 strings ukuleles from the largest online selection at. The book is both a narrative about martin s ukulele manufacturing history and a reference work detailing the numbers of each style of ukulele ever made by the. Please click on the instrument image below for detailed photos and write ups of. The silvertone ss11 electric guitar is a fullsize, stratstyle guitar for the budding rocker on a budget. Musical instruments sold with the silvertone brand were electric and acoustic guitars, basses and ukuleles. The first uke in this series features an all mahogany soprano body, with classy looking tortoise binding. She wrote what may be the first published method for steel guitar in 1915. My daughter received a kamaka 8 string ukulele wcase from her grandfather. Myrtle stumpf authored stumpfs ukulelemethod and solo book 9, which was published in 1917 by the southern california music company. Unfollow vintage ukulele to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. The original 853 was an affordable way for people to have an instrument small enough for a backpack. The ukulele hall of fame museum was founded in 1996. How to determine the age of an antique silvertone guitar.
If you ever wondered about replogle globes, here you go. Ernest kaai in his pioneering 1910 method book, the ukulele. Ukuleles free delivery possible on eligible purchases. They are of allwood solid mahogany construction and are a little larger than a soprano martin ukulele. Here you will find for your enjoyment a photo gallery of the best vintage ukuleles previously handcrafted by some of the finest ukulele luthiers in hawaii and select parts of the world. There is much to admire in a book that gives the ukulele its proper due and thereby makes a fine contribution to cultural history. Silvertone was a brand created and promoted by sears for its line of consumer electronics and musical instruments from 1916 to 1972 rights to the silvertone brand were purchased by south korean corporation samick music in 2001.
I managed to pull between 35 and 50 song sheets with ukulele chords from the boxes. The largest wave of portuguese immigration lasted about 30 years, and 11,000 portuguese immigrants would arrive in its first decade. Practically defining the modern rock and roll band as two guitars, bass and drums. Great stuff albeit some in sad shape and musty and i wish i was a more diligent collector, but i have my focus on music chorded for ukulele. A history explores all of these facets, placing the instrument for the. There is an exact double of this one advertised in the 1919 sears catalog. See more ideas about guitar, vintage guitars and cool guitar. I found hundreds of old music sheets and books unfortunately mostly for piano, but some going back to the 1890s.
From before wwii right on through the rockin fifties, the trippy sixties. Get the best prices on our vintage silvertone ukuleles both instore and online. Its quite peculiar that soprano is the centre point in this musical family only one ukulele type is smaller from it, whereas theres a bunch of ukulele types that are larger, including concert, tenor, baritone, bass, and contrabass ukulele. They sold 250,000 pieces in 1923 and 500,000 in 1930, including various.
Its a great time to upgrade your home music studio gear with the largest selection at. Pdf the history of the ukulele is today researchgate. Our mission is to document, preserve and promote the history of the ukulele, its players, and makers, as well as to inspire and engage people everywhere in the perpetuation of the ukulele and ukulele music through. A former newspaper reporter with a degree in history from stanford university, jim tran. You gotta have somewhere to put all those records, right. With a funtoread historical narrative, the ukulele traces the instruments evolution from its 1800s roots to the current ukulele festival in hawaii and beyond. The body shape and construction details clearly point to harmony. Richard in folklore as well as documented history, the ukes birth took place on august 23, 1879, when a ship arrive din hawaii carrying 419 portuguese settlers. Pete seeger, dave van ronk, joan baez and bob dylan began to get notice, and as they grew in popularity, many young people picked up guitars to join. It features a bolton maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. These ukuleles are of the silvertone brand and were made by harmony and sold at sears. The rear section of silvertone bridges were made too high so action was high off saddle.
This came with a bone nut and saddle and slightly nicer wood these are all mahogany with rosewood bridges and fretboards which places it somewhere in the. The worlds friendliest instrument daniel dixon gibbs smith publishing hardcover 144 pages audience any player rating ukulele pictured c. Flea market music offers an online community for ukulele. Made by danelectro these are becomming collectable and are very cool. The instrument came with the case and was purchased at an ukulele garage sale. The ukulele on the bottom of the picture is a lapacific a brand i have never encountered before. The word ukulele isnt usually the first thing that comes to mind when you hear silvertone, but the 853 was a favorite way before the most recent ukulele boom. Get the best prices on our vintage ukuleles both instore and online. It comes with the original box, a felt padded vinyl carrying case and its original strings.
Silvertone solid mahogany baritone uke ukulele from the. Vintage silvertone soprano ukulele 1957 model 57853. Up for auction is a 1957 silvertone ukulele this is a almost brand new ukulele found in its original box and container. It starts with a history of the instrument and its. While all of these guitars bear the name silvertone on their headstocks, the design of the instruments differs greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. This is a silvertone ukulele, probably from the early 60s. Vtg silvertone harmony h695 baritone uke mahogany tenor. The beatles set the tone for the 1960s, even though they arrived almost halfway through the decade. The uke is solid through out without any evidence of separations or delaminations. They made many types of string instruments, including ukuleles, acoustic and. Silvertone ukuleles came in both soprano and baritone size. Video describes the condition of a 1957 vintage silvertone ukulele. I think the bridge was made of super hard rosewood.238 785 1550 379 750 1254 306 106 658 1178 1525 675 1180 530 426 1074 144 737 1346 219 927 700 291 336 529 960 617 1175 259 194 1436 39