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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / My Gibson EH-185 and Silvertone 1333

BbendFender
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Jul 17th, 2017 04:05 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have been falling into some great deals lately. Found these two from someone I've known for over 30 years. These amps belonged to her husband's father. They sold them to me last Fri.

40's Gibson and 50's Silvertone

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Jul 17th, 2017 04:08 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Try this one.

Gibson and Silvertone amps

BbendFender
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Jul 17th, 2017 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Not sure if these are going to open. I can't get them to open up.
Anyway, one is a Gibson EH-185 from the 40's and the other is a 50's Silvertone 1333. Both need service. The Gibson amp obviously hasn't been played in a long time. 2-6L6 amp with a 12" electro-magnet speaker.
The Silvertone was in much better condition inside. I changed out most of the electrolytics, brought it up on my variac and it sounded great. Both will need to be checked out by a more experienced tech than myself.

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Jul 17th, 2017 08:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The second link worked... they look great! The older I get (59 now) the more I like old gear.

Congratulations!

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Jul 17th, 2017 10:13 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You just amaze me with the cool stuff you find. That Gibby with the field coil speaker is way cool and should sound excellent when brought up snuff.

I don't much about the Silvertone line but have worked on a couple that sounded excellent.

Congrats!

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Jul 18th, 2017 12:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Very cool!

I can't help thinking they look like fire/electrocution hazards if they're still all original.
I'm sure you'll sort that all out though!

FYI, second link works on my iPhone but not computer. (???)

edit to add: I bet they'd sound killer for blues harp!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 02:03 AM, Jul 18th, 2017)

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Jul 18th, 2017 12:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Links don't work for me.The Silvertone 1333 was made by Danelectro.Sold by Sears from 1954 til 1957.

Click On Model Picture For More Info

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Jul 18th, 2017 08:21 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the ad spud.
I don't know why the pics are not working as the normally should.
The Gibson power cord is totally dried up and cracking. The Silvertone cord was in great condition. Looked original. I need to check all tubes and let a good tech look at both.
Rich, I guess I'm just lucky. We don't have a lot of out of town traffic through here so it's mostly the locals who are finding these treasures. Lots of old musicians around here.

(This message was last edited by BbendFender at 10:40 AM, Jul 18th, 2017)

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Jul 18th, 2017 09:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well good for you! You scored nicely again this time.

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Jul 19th, 2017 12:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have 3 EH-185's.
One looks almost new, bought by a guy in 1940. into the closet it went w/the war and stayed there until I wound up w/it.
Even has the original canvas cover.

plug a guitar w/a Charlie Christian pickup into one and it's instant Charlie Christian tone.

BbendFender
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Jul 19th, 2017 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

jazzyguy, what kind of service did you have to do to your 185's?
I'm pretty sure the one I have has never seen a tech. The electro-mag speaker cable has been cut but looks easy enough to put back together. The power cords on mine is crumbling to pieces.
I have the Silvertone 1333 up and running.

jazzguy

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Jul 19th, 2017 03:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

BbendFender,

Two were serviced before I got them, the mint one coud use it.
The problem w/old Gibson amps is they're a birds nest of electrical components that are a pain to work on, compared to a neatly laid out Fender.

Sorry I couldn't answer your question.

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