Silvertone Archtop Acoustic Guitar c.1950Silvertone
This is a vintage Silvertone acoustic archtop, likely manufactured sometime in the early 1950's. I'll be damned if I can figure out exactly which model this one is. With it's "Coat Of Arms" headstock laminate and big body, it sure looks like a 682 but the dot position markers say otherwise. There was so much cross pollination at the time with Harmony/Silvertone/Kay, it gets really confusing. What we do know it that it's a big bodied archtop with lightly figured maple back and sides, a spruce top, a maple neck and a rosewood fingerboard and bridge. The neck is a thick, round "U" shaped profile that really fills the hand nicely and provides a sure grab. The action is a bit on the high side meaning a neck reset is likely in this guitar's future. As is, it's still quite playable and the frets are still in good condition. The overall condition of this instrument is actually really good considering the vintage and the abuse these old Silvertones were subject to. There are dings, impressions, pick marks, etc. that are commensurate with it's vintage. The best part is the percussive, dry, woody, hollow tone that you can only get from seasoned, bone dry tone woods. With a bit of work, she'll be a real cannon!