Vintage 1967 Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve amp
Posted on August 14 2020
This vintage 1967 Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve guitar amplifier came through the shop a few years ago. I'm always a vintage Silvertone amp buyer but I especially love the 1960s 1484 model amp. You can contact me here to sell a vintage Silvertone guitar amp.
The Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve was offered from 1963-1967 and served as the flagship gigging amp of the Sears catalog. The 1484 featured a 12AX7 preamp section and two Silvertone branded RCA 6L6GT power tubes making about 35 watts. They also came stock with twin Jensen C12Q 12" speakers. While the amp's reverb left something to be desired, the Tremolo is some of the best around. Sears contracted with the Danelectro company of Neptune, NJ to build the 1481-1485 series of amplifiers. These amps are known today for their creamy smooth drive to full out rock and roll crunchy tone.
This amp survived the 1960s in very good condition. The original owner purchased the amp in order to amplify her accordion, if you can believe that. The amp performs excellent as a result of the light use over the years. The only modification is the addition of a jack in the back of the chassis since the amp and cab come hard wired together from the factory. The Jensen speakers have the original cones and feel very strong. The original tubes all test within factory spec and are not in need of replacement. The tremolo is strong and deep but the reverb circuit doesn't seem to be as spacy as it should. Either way, it's unusable so plan on having an external reverb unit or pedal. The overdrive is smooth and dynamic just like it should be. The covering is in good shape but does show wear in some of the corners. (edit: sold!)