From the 1930s to the early '70s, Sears' Silvertone brand offered low-cost, highly-accessible guitars that inspired generations of musicians. With their classic stylings and department-store availability, Silvertones were the first guitar for many top players. While they may have captured the right look to inspire an aspiring player, these instruments were entry-level at best. Simply put, they were never actually built to be functional instruments that would ever tune and play properly
Fortunately, Scott Baxendale and his team of luthiers in Athens, Ga., recognize the potential of these guitars and regularly remanufacture them. In doing so, they totally, re-build, re-brace, and re-voice these instruments, giving them new life and world class tone with no shortage of authentic mojo. These inspiring instruments are an exceptional value, and they're an incredible way to recycle and repurpose old axes.
This Baxendale ‘60s Silvertone H615 was completed on December 12, 2018. In addition to being totally re-braced to a scalloped, hand-voiced X-brace pattern, this Silvertone H615 sports a new solid rosewood fingerboard, a new Ebony nut, a new solid rosewood bridge with bone saddle, and Grover tuning machines. Its lightweight feel and round vintage neck profile make a guitar that is comfortable and inviting, and thanks to the new fingerboard and bridge, it plays like a brand new guitar. It has a deep, full sound that is great finger-style or with a pick. Like an old blues box should, it growls when you push it. Because this guitar is made out of Birch, its tone shows how much proper bracing and hand voicing can impact a guitar's overall sound. It's truly impressive in your hands.
This Baxendale '60s Silvertone H615 Conversion has mojo for days and the sound and playability to back it up. Every Baxendale Conversion includes a hardshell case and a lifetime warranty.