Reviving A Silvertone 1484 Twin Twelve

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  1. MasterEvan07

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    The cab's tolex and grill cloth are pretty much a loss and I don't have the tools or means to fix them, but the good news is it's in incedible shape inside the chassis even if the exterior is pretty rough.

    Hasn't been fired up in decades - I'm going to replace all the electrolytics, old power and speaker cables, omit the ground switch, and go from there as long as everything's firing up nicely.

    The Montgomery Ward 55JJ8439 we'll visit later...
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    This poor things has been sitting in storage for a very long time and getting no small amount dusty either...
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    A little vacuuming helped a lot with the interior of the head cab...not so much on the chassis top...
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    Original Jensen C12Qs in what looks to be a structurally solid 212 - cobwebs are what catch all the mojo.

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    Here we have the interior of the cab's backing board showing what I would imagine the tolex and particle board looked like the day this came off the line!

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    I'm sure they're fine!

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    Incredible shape inside -

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    Speaker cable was long...like 25' long...
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    Old dirty knobs, chassis/faceplate, and tubes, but the tubes are all the originals! Sadly one 6CG7 didn't survive extraction - its glass base had become incredibly brittle.

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    The "light operated" tremolo unit -

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    The knobs and faceplate cleaned very nicely. However, I did learn these old knobs and tubes really don't even like mild water to help clean up the grime - accidentally wiped away some tube data, argh!

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    There were tube designations under all that nastiness!?

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    I have great memories memories of that model amp. My first amp. Awesome!
     
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    I had one of those when I was 16 years old, and believe you me, that's a long time ago.
    Good luck!
     
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    Very cool! The church where I play uses Kemper Profiler amps and the model that I use is the Silvertone Twin. Sounds great, at least Kemper's version.
     
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    Once she's all ready for another several decades of use, I look forward to hearing one in person for the first time. Didn't realize it's a 60W amp.
     
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    guaranteed for one year.....
     
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    Slow
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    Cool project !!!
    Would you know who made the amp ???

    Sears contracted manufacturing and put their name on it ...
     
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    Niiiiiice
     
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    I've got one of those that lost its cabinet at some point when someone turned it into a head unit. I've been meaning to get around to recapping it and also repairing the reverb and tremolo, neither of which works.
     
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    I've restored one of those. What a rats nest inside.
     
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    +1 on first amp. If I wasn't such a noob to guitar back then, I might have realized and appreciated what I had.
     
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    It is quite busy, glad they at least used lots of shielded cable.
     
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    I think it's supposed to be Danelectro Sears contracted.
     
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    I got one of these around 1964 and played it untill 1972. At that time a friend offered an even trade for his Gibson 335. Not a bad trade, but I was more into Les Pauls and around 1980 sold the 335. Don't remember what I got, but I lie to think I passed on a pretty good deal to someone.
     
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    Oh man...
    ...on an (co)incidental note, I actually got these amps from a guy with an all original ‘60 ES345.
     
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    So cool. I'll be watching the progress. Not quite the beast as yours but I have a 1431. It's in good shape but doesn't work. Probably something minor but I know nothing about amps.
     
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    Very cool! I think all guitarists should have a couple groovy, obscure amps in their collection.

    The 1482, by aesthetic alone, is one I'd enjoy trying...looks like an old TV and I just dig it...
     
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    Cool SilverTone. :cool:

    I have a 1481 that has the same "Tolex".

    Of course it's not really Tolex, more like wallpaper and impossible to find a matching pattern/covering.
     
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