The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #65441   Message #1266190
Posted By: PoppaGator
07-Sep-04 - 04:26 PM
Thread Name: Black Diamond Strings
Subject: RE: Black Diamond Strings
Hmmm -- Thanks, MG; that's more than I had known about the venerable Sears Silvertone brand. Mississippi Fred McDowell used to play a red electric Silvertone, by the way. However, nobody answered my question yet about the Steeltone nameplate; sounds to me very much like "Silvertone," but less fancy (i.e., even lower quality?).

At the risk of thread creep, let me mention that I bought a cheap Silvertone electric for my youngest a few years ago, *without* the Sears brand name, at Wal-Mart. One hundred bucks, including a dinky little amp.

Fred McDowell's old red electric Sears Silvertone was a hollow-body, made to look like the Gibson model popularized by BB King. (I'm sure that many of you know the model number, but I don't and I'm not taking the time to look it up.) The newer red electric Wal-Mart Silvertone we bought was a solid-body imitation Stratocaster. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

My son Mike never got serious about learning guitar, by the way, so I'm glad we didn't spend more money on a better instrument.