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Old July 17th, 2008, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Silvertone 1482 Love?

I know a bunch of you have this amp and everyone has nothing but great things to say about it. So, I've been shopping and picked up a great 1482 off Ebay. I don't like buying amps and guitars from Ebay, but took a real chance and got lucky.

The description said it would lite up but there was no sound, so I got it for a pretty decent price. When the amp arrived, it was really dirty but I was surprised at it's overall good condition. The tolex and grill cloth were in great shape with no tears, cuts or burns. The only dating I could find was on the pots and they were all '64. It had all original Silvertone labeled tubes and original speaker. I took the tubes out, sprayed the socket and the pins, seated them back really well and bingo!!...it fired up. Good gosh, what a tone monster. I'm having some fun now!!!

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Old July 17th, 2008, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have fun with that baby. I love my 1481.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 08:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Congrats on an easy fix. I have the 1472 which is the early version of the 1482 and a few watts less the 1482 is rated at 15 watts the 1472 is rated at 12 watts until the last year they made the 1472 which was a transitional year and they made that one 15 watts. Good amps Some say they are dark sounding but I found a way to make them come alive using a digitech multi pedal like a PR series the eq brightens up the amp and you can add reverb then if you wish or other effects. My amp was modded with a preamp line out so I can run that amp into a larger amp for more stage sound. My origional speaker still sounds great and my amp was made in 62.
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No one is home but me right now and I'm crankin' this thing with a P-90 Melody Maker. It may be a tad dark as compared to a my Deluxe Reverb but any guitar with a hot bridge pickup is pure rock n roll grind through this amp.

This is fun!!

The first thing my 15 year old twin girls said when they saw it was "it looks like an old TV"!!
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Old July 18th, 2008, 08:10 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I passed up one of these at the local thrift store quite a few years ago for $35 or some ridiculously cheap price. It was a bit dirty, but in great shape and all stock. At the time, I hadn't started playing guitar, so I had no need for an guitar amp - I was into tube audio real big at that time.

I rethought it, went back a day or two later and it was gone. Now I'm still kicking myself....and it's been like 6 or 8 years at least.

They aren't built real well compared to a Fender, but would still be fun to tinker and play with.

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Old July 18th, 2008, 09:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm big fan of the 1482... when I got mine, it needed power tubes and a little attention. I was in the only (small) music store in a little town north of where I live, played through the thing for a few minutes with a '52ri tele. the guys hanging out there were like "no way that's a silvertone". and another gave up on the SF vibrolux reverb he was trying. negotiated about 1/3 off the asking price, and walked out of ther with a lovely little amp. has the jensen c12r, which only came in some of the 1482's from what I understand. mine sees pretty limited use - still has the 2 prong plug. but sometimes, it's just right.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 10:29 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I don't have a 1482 but I did find a Silvertone/Sears 5XL or 1020 model real cheap for $25 bucks. I did a recap job and now its my main bedroom amp ,the volume and tone are always up to full it has nice overdrive growl .



I've been looking for a cheap 1482 or 1481 for a while now as my next inexpensive project amp . I'd like to see some photos of TDPRI members Silvertones ...
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I did a full length record in a well kown studio with a great engineer and for almost all the overdrive sounds it was the 1482, all day long. sounds so good!
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Old July 18th, 2008, 01:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I don't have a 1482 but I did find a Silvertone/Sears 5XL or 1020 model real cheap for $25 bucks. I did a recap job and now its my main bedroom amp ,the volume and tone are always up to full it has nice overdrive growl .



I've been looking for a cheap 1482 or 1481 for a while now as my next inexpensive project amp . I'd like to see some photos of TDPRI members Silvertones ...
1472 with A "new" cab made out of Vintage WI Whitepine. Boards were one full inch rough cut and 16 inches wide when I found them at a friends house. I sure wish he would have had more of it. Trimmed down to 3/4 inch on a planer and cut to 10 inches wide so I can put in a wider speaker with a ceramic magnet if I ever decide to go that route. Cab still retains the picture frame style front like the origional cardboard cab. Same size overall except two inches deeper in width like I stated to accomodate a wider speaker if need be. Mods are the preamp line out I had installed when it was serviced and I fixed a plate with two jacks in the back off the OT so I can plug in the 4 ohm speaker that is onboard or plug in an external 8 ohm or 4 ohm cab. So this way the speaker plugs into the 4 ohm jack on board or I can unplug it and run it to an other speaker of either impedence.

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Old July 18th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I did a full length record in a well kown studio with a great engineer and for almost all the overdrive sounds it was the 1482, all day long. sounds so good!
Got a link or any sound clips of that record? I'd love to hear it. I also am really impressed with the tremelo on these amps. I'm tempted to say that it sounds better than Fender's?
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Old July 18th, 2008, 03:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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i'm lovin' my '62 1482..... especially paired up with one of my Archtops !
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Old July 18th, 2008, 09:46 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Here's my 1481:



Refurbished and rehoused by The Blues Box.

Here's a link to the project gallery:

http://good-times.webshots.com/album/563189548DcypGy

And here's a couple of clips:

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6710290

http://soundclick.com/share?songid=6708277
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I buy every one I can find. Dirt cheap tone monster, and thanks to Valco thriftiness, every one sounds different, but they all sound great. Weak point is the cabinet and baffle board. Responds well to speaker changes. Find some RCA blackplate 6v6's and a P-90 LP and cut loose.
No, on second thought, I hate these amps. You will too. Tell everybody you know that they s**k and send them to me for disposal.
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I buy every one I can find. Dirt cheap tone monster, and thanks to Valco thriftiness, every one sounds different, but they all sound great. Weak point is the cabinet and baffle board. Responds well to speaker changes. Find some RCA blackplate 6v6's and a P-90 LP and cut loose.
No, on second thought, I hate these amps. You will too. Tell everybody you know that they s**k and send them to me for disposal.
So how many do you have?
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digging up this thread -

pulled my 1482 back from possible craigslist sale, put some new JJ power tubes in - and took it with me to band practice today. used it with my old LP jr, no effects. we've got a moderately loud drummer, so this thing was really pushed on the louder stuff. turned it up to about 8, used the volume on the guitar to control the amt of dirt. nearly a little bit of a neil young - amp on the edge of blowing up - type tone...

really sounded great on most of the songs - really cut through, mid-range o-rama. was a bit boxy sounding sometimes. I've got the c12r jensen... can you even fit larger a(deeper) speaker in the super-shallow cab?

screwed up one of the songs that I sing (beyond repair, had to start over) in the first verse, 'cause was too distracted listening to how cool my guitar sounded. :-)

I'll surely try this again - the thing is a heck of a lot more portable than my 5F4 clone, and overdrives at just the right volume. not sure it's got quite enough umph to gig with, but it's darn close.

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I have this little beauty... A 1481 not a 1482... Tiny, ballsy, crunchy and so much fun!!

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No more than these things cost, I can't imagine not keeping mine, even if it only sees limited use. I just like looking at it. But, I've used mine a few times at small gigs and jams and it holds it's own. Good gosh they have killer tone, and it is really close to my 54 Tweed Deluxe, plus it's got Tremelo.

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the real weak point with these 1482's is the paper baffle....
i pulled the stock 10" and 1/8" paper baffle outta mine, replaced it with a 3/4" 7 ply birch baffle and a 12" Jensen, an' it's sound is mucho improved !



i'm jumperin' the channels too btw....
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i'm jumperin' the channels too btw....
What does this give you as opposed to not jumpering the channels?
Is this a clean/drive channel amp or are you just talking about multiple inputs?
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Old November 17th, 2008, 01:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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I got one...

Here's mine. I had to re-cab it after I got it, as it had obviously sat in a puddle in someone's garage for years and the bottom had turned to mush - ergo the nickname "SpongBob." I considered a few different layouts, but in the end I just went for a slightly revamped version of the original layout - so it's ALL plywood, rather than the original particle board. I confess I didn't do such a really pro job on the white tolex (first time to try working with that), but with the new hardware and slighty "modernized" styling, the look is more than passable (for me). I assembled it so that the baffle could easily be replaced to accomidate a different-sized speaker.


It came to me sans speaker, so I just threw an old no-name 12" that I THINK I had pulled many moons ago from a mid-sixties Traynor PA cab - very old and lightweight speaker, probably a twenty-five watter. You can see the tiny voice coil diameter in the pic.

The e-friend I bought it from had modified it with a master volume and a new tone stack (whatever that means) to get a more "Marshall-esque" tone out of it (he's a hobbyist amp hot-rodder).

It's a neat little amp, but doesn't see much duty with me - I wish it had more preamp gain, that would make it so much more fun. Perhaps my tastes in tone will change and I will appreciate it more in the future - it happens! Maybe I will eventually pull the speaker for something a little more toneful...

At our last annual reunion/jam, it got used as the harmonica amp, and the harpist raved about it - he usually uses a 1484 hideaway-head 212 that he loves, but was glad not to have to drag it down from San Francisco just for a freebee. He sez with its master volume (and mic-ed through the PA with effects), he didn't miss the 1484's reverb. Worked great.


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