This is a vintage 1964 Silvertone Twin Twelve Model 1484 electric guitar amplifier. This particular example, chassis number 185.11040, is in good original condition. This mid-’60s production Salt & Pepper tolex version features the better-performing, and quite desirable, Jensen Special Design C12Q speakers, while the majority of Twin Twelves (produced between ’65-’66) tend to have lower quality generic Fisher 12″ speakers. This example was recently removed from a storage unit where it has remained for the previous 30 years.
Serial Number: 185.11040 (chassis number)
Speaker Codes: 220440 (Jensen Gold & Brown label C12Qs)
Originally offered in the Sears catalog for a mere $149.95, the ’64 Silvertone 1484 remains an incredible bargain. While comparable amps are easily be worth over $2,000.00, the Silvertone Twin Twelve was manufactured in such a robust supply, that their plentiful production makes them easily affordable even today.
The ’64 Silvertone 1484 features: (2) 6L6 power tubes, (4) 12AX7 preamp/reverb tubes, and (2) 6FQ7 original tubes through the original 2 x 12″ Jensen C12Q Special Design speakers with the original cones. All valves are original and in excellent functional condition.
As mentioned, this amp sounds incredible. Interestingly, to my ear, this amp pleasantly echoes the tonality, presence, and volume of a VOX AC-30. Not oppressively loud, with a sweet chime when pushed past 7, this is a fantastic recording and live amp. It is a must have amongst tone-seekers. Also, both the reverb and tremolo sound great, and the watery reverb is very functional.
When serviced, several electrolytic caps were replaced, which is typically necessary. Also, the amp cabinet was modified to accommodate an amplifier input jack. The original hardwired output jack cable was replaced with an output on the amplifier head as well.