1963 Silvertone 1485

Here is a vintage 1963 Silvertone Six Speakers 1485 vintage electric guitar amplifier. This 100% all original hard-wired piggyback Silvertone amp, includes; the original 100w amplifier head, the original 6 x 10″ speaker cabinet, the original trolley cart, the original matching dual-function footswitch, and a non-original hand-made vinyl cover. Boasted as the top-of-the-line Silvertone amplifier, as offered in the Sears catalog, the (6) x 10″ speaker model was appropriately called “SIX SPEAKERS,” and also sported twice as many power tubes, and three times as many speakers, as it’s less powerful counterpart, the much more common 1484 Twin Twelve. Famously used by Beck and Jack White, this model was nearly twice the price of a Twin Twelve. Consequently, this model is incredibly scarce, and finding an incredibly excellent example is quite difficult. This particularly well-preserved example is in extremely nice 100% all original condition.

Having owned many Silvertone and Danelectro piggyback amps, this example is particularity exciting because it is the earliest of any I’ve seen. All components date to mid-’63, with the amp being so early, Silvertone did not yet install their typical Silvertone-labeled power tubes. It also features very early mid-’63 Jensen C10Qs, which are always favored over the later silver-frame Fishers. (Generally, Silvertone production reflected a majority of output during ’65-’66, so anything pre-’64 is unusual.) Overall, this is the best Silvertone amp I have ever owned.

Serial Number: 185.11050 (chassis number)
Speaker Codes: 220 324 (Jensen C10Qs mid-’65)

Originally offered in the Sears catalog for a mere $239.95, the ’63 Silvertone 1485 remains an incredible bargain. While comparable amps (not that many can compete) are easily worth over $6,000.00, even the exact Danelectro-branded model, the DS-100, frequently sells for around $3,000.00 in excellent condition. Unlike the Silvertone Twin Twelve, the Silvertone Six Speakers 1485 wasn’t manufactured in such a robust supply, which renders them quite rare today.

The Silvertone 1485 features: (4) 6L6 Sylvania-labeled power tubes, (3) Silvertone-branded 12AX7 preamp/reverb tubes, and (2) Silvertone-labeled 6FQ7 tubes through the original 6 x 10″Jensen speakers with the original cones.

The overall cosmetic condition of this particular ’63 Silvertone Six Speakers is extremely excellent. With no indication of regular use, to overall presentation is unbelievably well-preserved. The original sparkle-accented Wheat-colored grillecloth is structurally intact, quite vibrant, and void of the usual rips, tears, distress and fraying. The black spotted Silver tolex (like that of a Salt & Pepper Fender Mustang case) is also near pristine, with some very minimal evidence of storage wear. While the heavy vinyl cover is not original, it has most likely remained with the amp for decades, providing the protection that kept the amp in such beautiful shape. The particle board cabinet is strong and sturdy, exhibiting no noise nor fatigue from sympathetic vibrations.

The amp works perfectly and sounds incredible. This comparable in output, this amp is not nearly as oppressive as a Fender Twin Reverb. It produces a rather pleasant loud tone with clarity and warmth. Somewhere in the same sonic spectrum as a high-power Tweed Twin, the 1485 manages to harness incredible output in a very attractive manner. Really sweet and bold, with humbucking pickups, yet articulate and clean with all other pickups, this amp can actually be surprisingly dynamic. Most certainly not a one-trick pony, this amp offers pretty impressive versatility, beyond the of most of it’s contemporaries. Having owned many, this is definitely one of the best I’ve heard.