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Silvertones and minibikes

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by charlie chitlin, Jan 25, 2021.

  1. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Yeah...I wanted one of these when I was a kid.
    I feel like I just bought the minibike of guitars.
    Not good...but I wanted one.
    Hardly played, of course.
    That's the nature of quirky student grade gear.
    Boomer move IMG_20210125_145809.jpg
     
  2. Turtleneck

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    Love it!!!!
     
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  3. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    '64 by the look at it.
    I had to get back to work so fast, I only had a minute to check it out.
    A buddy used to use that same guitar for slide with lap steel strings....015 E.
    Sounded killer.
     
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    In junior high early 70s I used to play with a kid who had the two pickup version played it through a Princeton blackface was a tremendous musician as well as artist later he got a univox copy Les Paul black beauty eventually built his own guitar in wood shop class. to be young again
     
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    sloppychops Tele-Meister

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    David Barnett Doctor of Teleocity

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    Should be as good as any other Danelectro guitar if you can cope with the short scale.

    Of course the amp is a widow maker.
     
  7. Mike Simpson

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    I had a 1448, the pickup sounded great but the scale is like 23.5, I sold it a couple years ago for $200 but I didn't have the amp/case.
     
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    bottlenecker Friend of Leo's

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    Dex Romweber (Flat Duo Jets) has played one of these guitars his whole career, and I love listening to him.
     
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    1448 , i have one and amp case , been thinking about selling , great guitars , i just dont seem to take it out much .
     
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    They're fun to play and a great living room display. You'll want to put a three-prong electric cord on that real soon.
     
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    I have the double pickup version in red. The amp has original RCA tubes branded as Silvertone. I used it for slide at a gig and had it on a stand on top of a drum riser. During a song it vibrated and fell off the riser slightly cracking the neck near the headstock. Its a very small crack and doesn't effect tuning so I'm not going to fix it.
    I'd like to sell the guitar and amp/case just haven't got around to it yet.
     
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    A grounded plug wont help an amp with no power transformer. This one has a rectifier connected directly to the AC line.
     
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    This was my first guitar. Actually, it was my dad's first. He got it for his 14th birthday in 1963.

    It came to me complete and almost mint. Amp works. Everything works. Brazilian fretboard.

    I decided to really play it - and, boy did it need some work!

    New tuners. I shimmed the neck heel with two nickels (which is just right, IMO). And it has a new bridge from CJ Tooling. (I think you can find it here now).

    There's a non-adjustable truss rod. The fingerboard is fairly narrow and has no radius.

    I've messed around with the pickups some, but what came in it (100k pot/1meg pot) seems to match the lipstick pickup really well. And that pickup, man, is one of the tastiest pickups I've ever tried.


    Congrats, Charlie! I'm happy for you and I hope you enjoy yours as much as I've enjoyed mine over the years.

    I HIGHLY recommend that Jeff Senn bridge. It took my guitar from a cheap mess to an intonated, resonant, delightful instrument.
     
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    Another quick fact:
    I did some ratio proportions a while ago, to determine where the pickups in my guitars were positioned along the string length.

    The position of the neck pickup on my 1448 was most comparable to the neck position of my strat pickup.
    I was expecting it to be more comparable to the position of the middle pickup, but I think it just feels that way because of the short neck, where the pickup sits in the body and how close to the tail the bridge sits.

    If I could clone that pickup and put it in all of my guitars, I think I would.
     
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  16. charlie chitlin

    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    Short scale...slide.
    I don't think I'll be using the amp much.
    I'll just leave it be.
    It's very clean.
     
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    You'll need some big-ass strings.
     
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    I had one of those for exactly 24 hours when I was about sixteen, 1970ish. I bought it from a kid in the neighborhood for $20 (I think) and the next day his mom came to our house raising a stink. The deal was nixed.

    I think about that often, like I do about a LOT of gear that passed through my hands in the late 60s and early 70s.
     
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    Did you score that locally, Charlie? I thought I saw one on the local CL, but had other priorities.
     
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    charlie chitlin Doctor of Teleocity Silver Supporter

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    I did.
    Facebook marketplace.
    The guy even delivered.
    I don't drive anymore unless it's one of those deals that needs immediate attention.
     
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