In the late 1930s, however, Silvertone radios quickly took off in popularity.
The era corresponded with the outbreak of military aggressions in the Pacific theater.
Silvertone instruments and amplifiers were manufactured by various companies, including Danelectro, Valco, Harmony, Thomas, Kay and Teisco.
The guitars, especially the 1960s models, are frequently prized by collectors today.
It is a testament to the success and quality of Sears' Silvertone products that the public still associates the two names so closely.The reissues are not exact replicas, but are modeled and engineered as close to the originals as possible (using vintage models to compile the actual specifications).In January 2014 the Silvertone reissue 1444 bass was debuted at the Anaheim Winter NAMM show.The Sears Silvertone guitar really made its mark in music history as the unofficial "first guitar" of guitar's icons.Chet Atkins, Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix, among many others, played their first chords on a Sears Silvertone.