Vintage ghetto rig

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by telefmt, Jan 3, 2008.


  1. telefmt

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    I thought you all might get a chuckle from my 'bedroom rig'. It's a Sears Silvertone 1482 circa 1965 (15 watts 5e3 basically) and a Vox blue bulldog speaker in a salvaged dead SS combo I got from my brother. The tremelo works great. I installed a new 3 prong plug and replaced 1 original 12AX7 tube with a used one I had, even tho the original tube still works. Total investment = $0 It's dead quiet, really loud actually and I like the mojo.
    I've decided a low watt combo is all I'll ever need.


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  2. stekks

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    Very cool! Watch that rust around the transformer though. Do a search how to treat it. Would be a shame if it that trannie shorted.
     
  3. clay_finley

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    The 1482 was my first amp in 1970! I wish I had another. Cool rig. You should make a head box.
     
  4. Red Planet

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    Cool I had one of those also in the 70's I dont even remember what I did with it. Very good Amp. I believe I used to Play mine with an Encore SG copy that was Metalflake Blue. I had Fender Heavey gauge strings on the Guitar I'll never forget that. Ouch!
     
  5. bosstone

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    Silvertone 1482s are Killer. Two years ago at the NAMM show. Blues Saraceno used one to demo pedals with and no one could believe it was stock. Everyone thought it was some kind of prank.
     
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    I got a 1482 and love it. It kicks like all hell through a 412
     
  7. Fifthstone

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    So by "ghetto rig" we mean something which we take to a questionnable dive so as not to endanger our boutique gear?
     
  8. telefmt

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    Actually I take it to mean making something out of nothing or maybe recycling stuff because it's all you can afford, but I suppose protecting an investment would qualify too.
     
  9. Aslan

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    The old Silvertone's actually sound pretty nice, thanks for the pictures!
     
  10. Squigglefunk

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    most techs I've talked to tell me rust does nothing... even mercury magnetics seems to think it's harmless.
     
  11. Plague Dog

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    I'd gig that rig... with a backup of course.

    You just don't find that vibe no mo.
     
  12. deeval

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    Rust is a bad conductor,so I wouldn,t worry.
     
  13. EunosFD

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    Now that's a freakin' cool setup. Sure it isn't exactly pretty and probably get 0 TGP Boutique Cred Points around here (which means squat anyway), but it probably sounds great. It kinda makes me wanna get a Silvertone now. I dunno why I never have before, but they do sound very good. Especially through a decent speaker or two.
     
  14. frank62

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    They are the closest thing to a Fender tweed Deluxe you will find. They would be considered Booteek by today's standards. HW, single ended, RCA tubes, and many had Jensens. The only questionable thing about them is the cab.
     
  15. woof*

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    agreed 100%!
    i had one of these in the early 90's and used it to record. very rich amp.
     
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    Those old Silvertones smoke! Great amp.
     
  17. Scott Auld

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  18. telefmt

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    Here's a bad gut shot - not sure what '74' means - these were sold from 1961-1968 for $68.00 - $78.00 in the Sears catalog - lol

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  19. frank62

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    What is this? Beat up on Frank day? I remember those amps when they were new. I used to see them at Sears all the time. Now, no it is not all girly pretty in there but it is hand wired and with decent parts. Ask one of your hero amp builders how much it would cost to get a clone with the exact same parts, RCA tubes, Jensens, and all. They are in fact very close to the Fender curcuit. The hostile condesending attitude around here is a sad thing.
     
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    Look at the components it's made of. Carbon-comp resistors, the old Sprague caps, true point-to-point wiring. All a boutique builder would do it make it neater, but it's not going to sound any better. Cool rig! I'd hit it muchly :D
     

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