Vintage Instruments: Electric Guitars

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1965 Silvertone 1457 Amp-in-Case

Built by Danelectro and marketed by Sears through the 1960’s, the Amp in Case models were sold as all-in-one electric guitar packages to beginning guitarists. There were a few models of guitars and amplifiers through the production run, and this example features the Model 1457 two-pickup guitar and 5 watt case amp.

The guitar is a two-pickup Danelectro with Silvertone headstock and red sparkle-burst finish. Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard is bolted to a Masonite body, and the white finished Masonite pickguard houses a pair of concentric volume and tone knobs. It is completely original and has been adjusted here at Folkway. The frets aren’t fabulous, but the guitar plays cleanly below the 10th fret.

The amplifier features an 8” Jensen ceramic speaker, a single 6V6 power tube and a pair of 12AX7s, one of which controls the cool sounding built-in tremolo. In great shape, the amp works well and sounds great. Low power goodness.

Canadian sales only.

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