Sears Silvertone and Harmony Amps

Sears sold guitars and amplifiers through their catalogs throughout the 20th century. Playing through a Silvertone or Harmony amp was often the first time when a budding Bluesman was able to hear himself amplified. The Silvertone and Harmony amps where made by a variety of manufacturers and included nearly identical circuits to the Fenders, Gibsons, Danelectros, Premiers, Supros, Sanos, etc. Because they were made to be less expensive, these amps have been ignored by serious musicians until recently. Now, when I go a blues concert, there is likely to be a Silvertone guitar or amp on the stage.

There is a discussion group at Delphi for Silvertones Guitars and Amps which is very good.

CeeJay has a great Silvertone page (or at least a great start) at http://webster.unh.edu/~cjones/silvertone.html

I have been going around and collecting pictures off of classified ad sites and eBay. Here are a few that I have found.

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Silvertone Amps

1300 series.

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1400 Series

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Harmony Amps

H-100 Series

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H-300 Series

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H-400 and H-500 Series

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I began collecting data about the microphones used by blue harp players before there was an internet. I began organizing it into JT30.com in the late 1990s. I accumulated more stuff than I remember. This is some of it.

Street Theory

A Harp Player’s Guide to Music Theory

Learning Harp

Picking Up Blues Harp

A guide to learning to play Blues Harp

Microphone Information

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Harp Amps

I've been collecting Harp Amps for a while. This is the old Harpamps.com website. There is lots of information here. Here a coupld of links.


Harp Tab

A collection of songs and riffs that I’ve worked out over the years, plus some libraries of stuff I’ve converted to tablature. I’ve included most of the notes and instructions that helped me when I was learning to play blues harmonica.

Basic Riffs Simple harp tabs for songs Blues riffs and phrases.

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Harp Frequently Asked Questions