Silver Street Owners' Stories

This page is devoted to all the Silver Street owners who have contacted me via this website. Your Silver Street stories belong here!

Check out the amazing creation below! This metal Silver Street Tribute Sign was created by Larry in Michigan. The inspiration came from Larry's brother Tim, a dedicated Silver Street fan and collector. Tim's Silver Streets can be seen on various pages of this website.

The Webmaster

I’m the webmaster for SilverStreetGuitars.com; the only online info source for Silver Street guitars. My interest in these instruments began almost two decades ago. I spotted an ad for a TAXI on Craigslist and it became my first Silver Street. I was impressed by its innovative design and the quality of its components and construction. As the years passed, I found additional Silver Streets and built a collection.  Most owners I met lamented the absence of an info source for these interesting guitars. As a result, in 2010, I created the first rudimentary SilverStreetGuitars.com website. In 2012, I designed the larger and better-organized site that exists today. Another redesign and expansion is planned for 2018. SilverStreetGuitars.com would not exist without the images, information and advice provided by former Silver Street Inc. employees and Silver Street owners in the USA, Australia and Argentina. I am grateful for all their help. Every Silver Street guitar has an interesting backstory!    Murray

The lovely Tommy Shaw, Cobra and MX trio above are from the estate of Ronald Delano “R.D.” Sisk of Chesapeake, Virginia (1956-2017). Originally from Texas, R.D. worked for 42 years as an electrician, musician and sound engineer.  He had a passion for music and was known throughout the music industry as one of the best sound engineers in the business. The story of RD's acquisition of these Silver Streets is unknown. Thanks to Alpha Music in Virginia Beach for facilitating the relocation of these instruments. The trio is now with Tim, an appreciative Silver Street collector in Michigan.

 



Silver Street produced two Michigan Map guitars. They differ slightly in design. The second of the two is owned by Don in Michigan. He sent this backstory: “I was teaching beginner guitar lessons at Bird's Music in Muskegon, Michigan. It was somewhere around 1986.  I came out of the lesson room and it was out on the floor sitting in a guitar stand. It had a price tag of $150. The store owner said that a guy traded it along with some cash in exchange for a keyboard.  I immediately asked the store owner how much cash I would have to fork over to make sure it didn't leave the store with someone else. He countered with "How much you got?" I had $40 on me.  It was enough. For the next few months a portion of my lesson money went to pay off the guitar. I have had it ever since in spite of many offers to purchase it from me. I visited the factory in Shelby, Michigan many years ago and the story they gave me was that it was one of three specially built instruments that they took to the National Association of Music Merchants show that year. The guitar is a pretty good playing and sounding guitar, but not one that would knock your socks off. In fact, the pickup selector switch is actually wired backwards compared to the typical wiring. On this guitar the bridge position is up and the neck position is down. I never fixed it.”






This special Spitfire is an early one with serial number S0006. It is owned by John in California; author of “The Flight of the Pickerings”. Here’s John's fascinating story: I bid on and won this wonderful Silver Street at a charity auction in 1995 (I think). Chris Hayes of Huey Lewis and the News donated it to the cause. I think I was the only guitar player in the crowd because I was the only bidder! Anyway, I was lucky and subsequently became friends with Chris. He told me that he had written one of their hits "I Want a New Drug" on this guitar. As a result of the Oct. 2017 Northern California wildfires I lost the original case and accompanying documentation. But fortunately I had the guitar packed in a soft shell case stashed at a different house, so it's safe and sound. I still play it.”