Offered for sale is this Silvertone 1457 Amp In Case Guitar from the early sixties (1962-66) in...


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Offered for sale is this Silvertone 1457 Amp In Case Guitar from the early sixties (1962-66) in very good cosmetic condition and excellent working order (please see detailed photos below).

These iconic guitars are legendary – made for Sears Roebuck by Danelectro – featuring two lipstick pick ups which highly-regarded for their unique strong tone. The 3 watt amp in the case has a has a 6″ speaker and is in excellent working order – it’s surprisingly pleasing to play through with plenty of character. Most of the valves are orginal – including a Silvertone-branded UK-made Mullard 12AX7 (ECC83). The amp has just been serviced and earthed for electrical safety (it’s a 110v US unit).
Given that these were budget starter guitars, it’s surprising how well they play and sound – thankfully you’re not limited to just using the amp in case: plug into a decent amp and you’ll soon understand why they’re very sought-after.
This one’s got a few dings, scuffs and scrapes, but overall looks very good – there’s some cracking to the pick guard round the jack socket.  The action is low, tuning stable (someone wisely added Schaller tuners which are a great improvement) and the frets have plenty of life in them. The guitar electrics have been checked over and cleaned/serviced so it’s ready to play. The guitar’s extremely light, which makes it very comfortable in use – this is not at the expense of tone/sustain, which is excellent for what was an entry-level catalogue guitar.

Much favoured by slide players, Silvertone amp-in-case guitars have also been played by Jimmy Page, Jack White, Mick Jagger, George Harrison and Beck.

This amp is an original vintage USA 110v model and will require a step-down transformer to operate at 240v (easily available online).


SILVERTONE/DANELECTRO 1457 USA Valve/Tube Amp-In-Case Guitar c1963 Lipstick pick ups

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