Dating sears guitars

Other than that, he spends time with his pitbull and enjoys non-guitar-related hobbies.

Ever since electric guitars and amplifiers were invented in the 1930s, certain folks have been interested in cutting down the amount of gear you have to schlepp to a gig. The primary “certain folk” was the brains behind probably the first amp-in-case guitar and the iconic version seen here, Mr.

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For some reason, it didn’t go over very well, and the amp was quickly separated out into the Model C amplifier.

In 1938 National-Dobro revisited the idea, introducing the Supro 60 Electric Combination and the Portable Supro 70 Electric Combination.

But Danelectro quickly became the go-to producer for Silvertone instruments selling about 85 percent of their guitars and basses through Sears.

Many of the instruments made by Danelectro for Sears were identical to their own specs—the only differences were the name on the headstock and various color offerings.

The line grew in the 1930s and replaced the Supertone brand used for their musical instruments.

Like most big box retailers of the day, Sears outsourced its musical instrument production to actual guitar companies like Kay, Harmony, Valco, and Danelectro.

Silvertone guitars and basses were offered through Sears and Roebuck stores and catalogs as beginner-level, quality made instruments from 1954 until the early ’70s.

While originally marketed for novices— Jerry Garcia, John Fogerty, Dave Grohl, and Brad Paisley all noted a Silvertone as one of their first electric guitars—the Sears-branded axes have found a soft spot in the vintage market with collectors [as evident in ’s March 2010 cover story“Funky, Cheap Electrics: Formerly Low End Kitsch...

These included electric Spanish archtop guitars, Hawaiian lap steels, and little amplifiers designed and built by Nat Daniel.

In 1936 Epiphone offered its Electar Model C Hawaiian guitar with an amp built into the case, designed by our friend Nat.

Inevitably there’s always an earlier “earliest,” but the earliest amp-in-case I know of was built by Daniel when he was working for Epiphone in around 1936. Daniel was a young electronics wizard who was discovered in the early 1930s by Epiphone’s head engineer Herb Sunshine building amplifiers in the basement of a New York department store (back when department stores really had departments and they did things).

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