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Silvertone Tele

In the mid-Sixties the Silvertone guitar sold by Sears Roebuck was probably the most accessible model of electric guitar for the aspiring young musician. Economically produced and mass-marketed, these guitars found their way into homes all across America.

Specimen's series of Silvertone-style guitars feature construction characteristics similar to that of the original Silvertones. But these guitars reach into unexplored territory, pushing beyond their origins to become anomalies for a cunning few.

This instrument is part Silvertone, part Fender Telecaster™ Custom, all real. Sooner or later this guitar's creation was inevitable. It's another variation on a classic design.

Other Silvertone-style Specimens include the Schnellercaster Custom, Silvertone Maxwell, Rendition 1457 Guitar & Bass, Andrew Bird Maxwell, BJQ Pippin, and Indian Corn Guitar.

Specimen Silvertone-style guitars are played by Jeff Tweedy, of Wilco, (guitar pictured here displayed with other Silvertones on a wall in the Wilco loft), Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand, Andrew Bird, Archer Prewitt, Mark Greenberg of Eleventh Dream Day, Wes Hollywood and Grey Gersten.


Neck: Stock Japanese Allparts Maple neck with rosewood fretboard and Specimen nitro-cellulose finish. Custom Specimen neck of any desired scale length is an additional $1000
Scale: 25-1/2"
Fretboard: Rosewood
Body: Masonite and pine body finished in black nitrate with silver-sparkle, heavy-duty scrubbable-vinyl wallpaper edging on body, white masonite pickguard
Pickups: One lipstick in the neck position and a single coil pickup in the bridge
Controls: Volume and tone with three-way selector switch
Bridge: Classic pan bridge

Please call 773.489.4830 or email to discuss details and make arrangements for your commission.

Specimen Custom Silvertone Style Tele Guitar

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