Late 60s Silvertone Model 1484 Twin Twelve
This late 1960s Silvertone Model 1484 Twin Twelve Guitar Amp is in very good condition. It shows it’s age on the grill cloth, but everything else is in great shape, it works wonderfully well, and it sounds great.
This 60-watt, all-tube, piggyback amplifier was built by Danelectro for Silvertone and offered exceptional tonal capabilities for its time. The Model 1484 Twin Twelve came equipped with two 12-inch speakers, which contributed to its rich and powerful sound. The speaker configuration added depth and clarity to the guitar’s tone, making it ideal for both clean and distorted sounds. The piggyback design featured a separate head unit and a speaker cabinet, connected via a cable. This modular setup allowed for easier transportation and the flexibility to customize the speaker configuration, catering to the needs of different musicians.
Powered by vacuum tubes, the Model 1484 Twin Twelve delivers warm, dynamic tones that are highly sought after by guitarists. The amplifier’s tube-driven circuitry and ample headroom allow for expressive playing, making it a favorite choice for various genres, including rock, blues, and country. The amp’s control panel feature knobs for volume, treble, bass, and a unique “tone selector” switch, which offered three distinct tonal options.
Features & Specs
- Power: The amplifier is a tube-driven combo amp with 60 watts of power.
- Speakers: It features two 12-inch speakers, hence the “Twin Twelve” name.
- Channels: The amp has two separate channels, labeled “Normal” and “Tremolo.” Each channel has its own volume and tone controls.
- Tremolo: The Tremolo channel includes speed and intensity controls to adjust the tremolo effect.
- Reverb: The amp includes built-in reverb, allowing the player to add a subtle sense of space and depth to the sound.
- Tubes: The Silvertone Model 1484 Twin Twelve uses a combination of 12AX7, 6CG7, 6L6GC, and 5Y3GT tubes.
About Silvertone Amplifiers
The history of Silvertone amps traces back to the mid-20th century when the brand was introduced by Sears, Roebuck and Co., an American retail giant. Silvertone amps were initially sold as part of Sears’ catalog, making them accessible and affordable for a wide range of musicians. In the 1940s and 1950s, Silvertone amps were manufactured by various companies, including Danelectro and Valco, known for producing budget-friendly, yet reliable amplifiers with unique designs. The amps gained popularity among amateur and professional musicians alike, offering a range of models, from small practice amps to larger combo amps.
During the 1960s, Silvertone amps found increased recognition as they were used by prominent artists such as Buddy Guy, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Jack White. In the 1970s, the brand underwent changes, and the amps were made by companies like Thomas Organ and Unicord Corporation. Silvertone continued to produce various models until the 1970s when the brand underwent a hiatus. However, the appeal of vintage Silvertone amps persisted, and their unique character made them sought-after collector’s items. In the 21st century, the Silvertone brand was revived, and modern versions of some classic models were reissued, offering guitarists a taste of the retro charm and vintage tone that made Silvertone amps a staple in music history.