A close up view of chassis showing the Orange Drop caps and volume pot. But for some reason this original 8-inch speaker made by Fisher with an Alnico magnet sounds great! And perfect for the player looking for that alternative indie sound.
The stamped 7-digit code on the pot indicates it was manufactured by CTS (code 137) on the 48th week of 1968. Even though this little amp is as basic as it gets, it simply excels at what it does. But fare warning: manufacturing quality of this amp was inconsistent and not all samples found today will be built like or sound like this one.
Which makes it even harder to pin point the factory of origin.
The amplifier is a hand-wired, point-to-point, single-ended Class A amp.
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.
Please consider Tone Gems a resource for vintage guitars, amps and gear of non-repute. In fact, the 5XL is identical in electronics and appearance to the earlier Silvertone 14 amps that were built by Danelectro.
We will strive to make each review rich with information and content, including inside gut shots, electrical schematics, audio, video, manufacturer specs and more. But Danelectro was purchased by MCA in 1967 and was, unfortunately, out of business by 1969.