Friday, August 20, 2010

1964 Silvertone Bobkat

Another Dexter-tastic find by Luke. I should put him on permanent retainer as my crappy guitar broker.

As much as you know I love crappy early guitars, I still feel bad about calling this one crappy. This guitar rocks!!! Yes it's all beat up, yes the pick guard is all cracked, yes the knobs are all wobbly and the jack is hanging on by a thread, and yes the "chrome" is starting the rub off of the pickups revealing that they are indeed plastic, but those pickups still work and they are loud.

The Silvertone 1476 Bobkat was based on Harmony's H15 Bobkat with just a slightly different pick guard shape. While Harmony produced the bobkat from 1963 to 1971, evidence suggests that they may have only produced the Silvertone Bobkat in 1964 to be sold in the Sear catalog.

I have seen nothing but great write-ups on this guitar, mostly being from people reminiscing of their brand new one back in 64 and its dependability throughout the years. It's amazing how many people had this guitar for their first one, and went on to play out with it. What a great guitar to start out on. It's light, has a great feel to it, has a neck like a baseball bat but still plays surprisingly easy.

Restoration? Just gonna transfer all the electronics to a new reproduction pickguard for now. I may pick up an original pick guard in good shape if it comes along. I would kind of feel funny about totally restoring it. The body is so beat up but still intact. This guitar has to have a story... Granted, I'll probably never know what that story is.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Pre-war Elgin Bluebird

This is the most awesome bicycle I've ever seen.

Despite looking like it is straight out of the scifi boom in 50's pop culture, this bike actually predates the second world war.

... and you could get it straight from the Sears catalog.

You too, could have your very own Bluebird for the low "buy it now" Ebay price of $16,500!!!

... I have yet to own a car worth that much.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


This is going to be awesome if they actually ever put anything out. Actually they have released one scene of Buck and his parents on the farm;and of course his parents are played by Gil Gerard and Erin Grey. The acting is decent, but I'm not thrilled with the camera work. Still, if they put in the same amount of effort into the rest of the CG as they did in the teaser, there is some potential awesomeness here.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

The She Creatures-Sexy Robot

I don't think these gals are still around, but I wish they had made it over to the US before they called it quits.

Monday, June 21, 2010

This is almost the coolest scooter I've ever seen.

I did say almost the coolest...
Why does this one make me want to become a Batman villain?

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This is just one of the coolest
little lamps ever.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

The Death Ray

Went to pickup mine last week, but didn't pass customs at the airport.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Lambret Twist (1962)

I love this commercial. That machine would be a gold mine today.

Friday, June 4, 2010

For this blog's inaugural post, I'd like to share a super cool, crappy, fixer-upper of a guitar that my cousin gave me. This is a Truetone version of a Kay Vanguard. Actually, it is a Kay Vanguard. Truetone is the brand name that Kay used, in the late 50's and throughout the 60's, to sell their guitars in....

Western Auto stores... of all places.

They weren't knockoffs either, the same materials were used. The only difference was the name on the headstock. Of course, was there really a need for a cheaper version of a 60's Kay electric?