Here 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 thie 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.
Serial Number: 185.10310 (chassis number)
Speaker Date Code: 328 1xx
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.
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.