Silvertone / Harmony f-hole guitar

I've got this guitar in my collection that I've been trying to identify for a while now:


At some point in its life this guitar has been "refinished" by someone - presumably "John B" as this name is on the case and also JB is inscribed on the body of the guitar itself.

The "scratchplate" is a glued on piece of red felt! Very odd. The Silvertone logo has in fact been painted on by hand, I assume in an attempt to duplicate the original logo that may have been lost during the refinish.

I've been trying to find out what this guitar may have looked like originally. I think it might be something like this which looks very similar although it has different fingerboard inlays (could it be because one is a Harmony and one is a re-badged Silvertone?): http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7368318331&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1, whilst this: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=7368899566&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&rd=1 is a similar guitar that has also been subjected to a removal of the original finish.

How does it play? Well, it's a bit of a pig to be honest, but earlier this year I fitted another old f-hole archtop jobbie with a Tune-o-matic style bridge, and I think this guitar could also benefit from the same.

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Oh, and here's my other f-hole arch-top guitar:

I have no idea what the make or model is. I bought it as a project (i.e. someone had started sanding it down and botched it). The neck was loose, the back was coming off... it was in a bit of a state. Luckiliy for me, a couple of friends involved in furniture renovation fixed it up for me.

It's a really nice guitar to play and has a sweet sound (much nicer than the above Silvertone).

Hey glw,

If you are truly curious, I suggest you dig through the catalog section of my website. I think $5 is a small price to pay for peace of mind. Good luck with your info search. SB

I know Sears used to silvertones

sorry, drinking to much... sears used to sell silvertone electrics, back in the day. Anyone use a Peal acoustic?

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