Since t Summary: Five watts of hand-wired boutique tube heaven for a fraction of the cost. This particular sample appears to have been built in December of 1968, so it’s possible that it could be a Danelectro original.
Up until 1968 or so, the Silvertone line of electric guitar amps were built for Sears by the Danelectro company of Neptune, New Jersey.
The chassis layout and construction is standard to Danelectro/Silvertone design dating back to 1950’s. I just got a 1420 off ebay for repair and it looks like the previous owner attempted a restoration of their own and butchered it so I’m not entirely sure which caps I need to get.
Price: .00 from Trade Up Music, Portland Oregon. At first glance the Sears 5XL guitar amp would be easy to disrespect, even considering it’s legacy in the line of original Danelectro/Silvertone guitars and amplifiers. Later, we discovered that someone must have upgraded the capacitors with new Orange drops (more on that later). The 5XL is an all-tube amplifier producing a modest 5-watts of peak power through a single 8-inch speaker.
We recently discovered this 5XL at Trade Up Music, a local music shop in Portland (see posting: How It All Began…). It appeared to be all original, except for two replaced vacuum tubes, and was fully functional.
In 1952, Gibson introduced its first solid-body electric guitar, the Les Paul which became its most popular guitar to date— designed by Ted Mc Carty and Les Paul.
Gibson was owned by the Norlin corporation from 1969 to 1986. Initially, the company produced only Orville Gibson's original designs.