1963 Silvertone 1485 Vintage Danelectro USA-Made 6x10 Tube Amp w/ Jensen C10Q, Collector Grade

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Up for sale, a 1963 Silvertone model 1485 piggyback tube amplifier in collector-grade condition and in perfect working order. Produced in the first year the 1485 model was available, this amp is a stunning example both visually and tonally, boasting the original dolly and six minty Jensen C10Q speakers.

The 1485 as advertised by Silvertone pushes a whopping 120 watts, but stripping away the marketing, this amp functions closer to 100 watts via the quad of matched Sovtek 5881 (6L6) power tubes. Extremely powerful and articulate, these amps have much more headroom, punch, and top end response than the smaller 1484, and can produce both bold cleans and roaring overdrive. The smooth articulate crunch of this model has found favor with players across the spectrum, and it responds very well to pedals too. Both channels feature a pair of inputs (high and low) and both channels share the built-in Reverb and Tremolo effects. While the Tremolo has a nice strong pulse that gets quite thick and deep, the Reverb is infamous in its own right for its thin, trashy sound that's perfect for lo-fi and surf tunes, with a unique gain structure and chiming top end character.

The circuit is untouched, right down to the original two-prong power cable and tether between the head and cab. The stock transformers are present, and the original CTS pots date back to the 32nd week of '63. The speakers are an incredibly clean sextet of original Jensen C10Q 10" drivers, with minty black frames, original cones, 1963 date codes, and an original, untouched wiring harness. All of the original barrel knobs are intact on the polished aluminum faceplate, which also retains all of the original black silkscreen text.

Cosmetically, this Danelectro-made amp is stunning. The original charcoal covering shows sparingly little wear on either the head or cabinet, and the original grillcloth has plenty of sparkle in the gold thread. The head secures into the back of the cabinet with the original swiveling nylon tabs, and even the original dolly is included, screwing into the bottom of the cab with stock screws and retaining a small paper label informing the owner to turn the screws "with a screwdriver or large coin" to attach the dolly.

Easily one of the nicest 1485s to surface in years, this amp is a lovely vintage example that's been given a clean bill of heath from our Service Department.

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This item is sold As-Described and cannot be returned unless it arrives in a condition different from how it was described or photographed. Items must be returned in original, as-shipped condition with all original packaging.

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Listed11 days ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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