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I might be mistaken, but I believe the sound board is solid cedar, an gouge at the rosette helps to indicate it's not laminate (since my eyes are bad). The fretboard I would say wasn't painted as it has deep ruts from having been played by someone with long LH nails (wasn't me I swear). Frets are worn, tuners have been replaced. All in all it was a decent entry level instrument, though I haven't strung it since re-aquiring it from a relative whom I'd leant it to many years ago.
I've been thinking about restoring mine lately, but maybe I'll just leave it in retirement.
I had the Silvertone for a while, even when I purchased some other cheap classical guitars (Alvarez Artists). I can't even remember what happened to it. All I remember is that it sounded horrible and the wood definitely looked cheap! I think it was made of mostly plywood for the top.
I should have kept it, for cheap guitar though it is, there are people who like to collect them, and they may be worth even more in a couple decades.
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That sounds like quite a guitar—I think I would keep it and not upgrade at all.
Welcome to the forum! If you have time, I would like to invite you to visit the Introduce Yourself area where you might like to tell us a little more about your musical background and interests,
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jorgebenbrasil wrote:I started playing classical and bossa nova about three years ago on a Sears Silvertone classical. A neighbor gave me the guitar when i was in high school in the early 80s and I never kept it in a case or on a stand and always thought of it as a piece of junk. Lately Ive been shopping for new guitars and I swear my Sears compares to $500 new guitars (eg Yamaha). It stays in tune everywhere - very playable - rosewood fretboard and I would swear the top is cedar - the tone is richer than the new Yamahas. It has a rectangular tag inside that says Silvertone Model No.148.12320000 - whatever that means. Its from the 70s or maybe even older - not sure. I'd love to know more. Maybe theres an old Sears catalog somewhere? Guess I'll have to spend more than $500 to upgrade. lol.
That's the same model number as mine, yes, I believe you are correct about the woods, not sure about the back and sides.
CPA wrote:40 years ago I bought and still practice on a Sears Harmony (Silvertone) classical guitar. Many other forum members have made reference to this same guitar. I would be interested to know who also played this guitar and how many of Delcamp still have one.
Mine looks like Willie Nelson's guitar with a big section out of the back, kids color crayon marks all over, a crack in the soundboard and dents everywhere alse but nevertheless the neck, frets and playability is as good as the day it was bought. I prefer its playability to many new mid-level student guitars marketed today.
Does anyone know where, by whom, of what matarial these were made? Mine appears to have a spruce soundboard, solid wood back and sides of what wood I don't know.
I have an old SIlvertone Classic Guitar. I would guess it's from the mid '60's, it was made in the USA and as I understand it it's made from solid woods. I'm pretty sure these were made by Harmony. Here's a link I found -
I got my Silvertone about 6 months on e - b a y for $75 after playing someone else's. I needed a 2nd classical guitar to keep at the office and this is perfect. Anyone who's played it is amazed at how good it feels and plays.
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