This is a vintage 1962 Silvertone Fifteen 1473 electric bass guitar amplifier. This particular example, serial number 185.10310 (not a unique serial, though the mass-produced Sears badge utilizes this same number for the entire run of this version), is in very excellent 100% all original condition! Originally intended as a bass amplifier and sometimes sold as the matching amp to the Silvertone 1419 (dolphin-headstock) bass, this amp happens to be unbelievably great for guitar. The 1473′s successor, the later salt & pepper piggyback 1483, has long been appreciated for incredible guitar tone, yet the 1473 is perhaps the ultimate. This version was only made for a single year, so while it happens to be very rare, it is near impossible to find one as well-preserved.
Serial Number: 185.10310 (chassis number)
Baffle Date Stamp: 2072 (20 weeks into ’62)
Speaker Date Code: 328205 (Utah, 5th week of 1962)
The ’62 Silvertone Fifteen 1473 features: (1) 5Y3, (2) 6L6 Silvertone-labeled RCA-made power tubes, (2) 12AX7 preamp tubes, and (1) 6CG7 original tube through the original 1 x 15″ silver-frame Utah speaker.
The overall cosmetic condition of this particular ’62 Silvertone Fifteen is quite remarkable. The original sparkle-accented Wheat-colored (white, as it’s called in the catalog) grillecloth is structurally near perfect, and void of the usual rips, tears, distress and fraying. The original leatherette tolex is in correspondingly excellent condition, with some extremely minimal evidence of storage wear. The cabinet is strong and sturdy, exhibiting no noise nor fatigue from sympathetic vibrations. This rare variety has a factory porthole in the rear panel, through which the bell of the 15″ speaker is visible. Both the speaker frame and the baffle displays matching “2072” production date stamps.
The amp sounds incredible, producing a prodigious 25 watts through a serious 15″ speaker. Super loud, with immense low-end, this amp is akin to a Marshall in a smaller unassuming cabinet. Great for all guitars, it sounds particularly good with a Les Paul, or anything else with humbucking pickups.