I have been listening to a ton of White Stripes music this week and thought I would dig up a little info on Jack Whites’ favorite tube trash tone machine! The Silvertone 1485 amp is favored by Jack white of The White Stripes, which means it went from a funky/junky thrift store amp to the top $$$ eBay desire of every roots guitar player in the world!
The Silvertone 1485 is a monster sound machine. 120 watts pumping into 6 big 10″ Jensen speakers. It has a cool 1/2-stack look that was becoming increasingly popular at the time and easy portability with a stowaway amp compartment and an easy-roll dolly. The 1485 is the most powerful tube-powered amp that Sears ever made available. At just under 240 bucks, it was also the most expensive. For your money, you got everything that the Danelectro engineering department could bring you: reverb, tremolo, combo footswitch, ground switch, standby mode, spare 110v outlet, 10 tubes, 5 rectifiers.
I had the pleasure of playing one of these amps way back 10 years ago at a friends house long before The White Stripes were a household name. The wicked spring reverb would self oscillate when turned up all the way due to the fact that the mini reverb tank is suspended in the back of the amp over the chassis. Boss…and a little scary!
The tremolo circuit was also a thing of beauty: big crazy pulsing tones that seemed like it was going to blow the speakers right out of the cabinet.
This amp is one of those electronic oddities that has a face only a mother could love, but you just can’t help but like it.
The Silvertone 1485 amp is a hand wired, point to point, shelf paper covered, freak of nature.
Next time we can chat about those Silvertone guitars with the built in tube amp case. Way cool!