Monday, November 28, 2016

The Silvertone 658 Archtop - Tom Petty's first guitar?


According to legend Tom Petty's first guitar was a Silvertone 658 archtop.  That must of been back in the early 60's when he lived in Gainesville, Florida picking out Elvis tunes on the car radio.  Way before Mudcrutch or the Heartbreakers came around.  


The Silvertone 658 was introduced in 1963 through the Sears Catalog for a mere $24.95.  It originally had dot fret markers. The markers were modified to a block look in 1966.  The fretboard had a faux finish tiger stripe finish. Which was similar to a furniture faux found on antique Empire items.  The black paint was a departure from Silvertone's usual Tobaccoburst Cowboy look.  It's no wonder Tom picked it.  Because it just looks COOL (like Tom Petty).  



If you have not seen the Runnin' Down A Dream documentary yet.  It is strongly advised to do so.  The life and times of Tom and the music industry is a must see. While you are at it check out Mudcrutch!

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