But the original manufacturer of the Sears 5XL is hard to nail down.
It was Sears entry level into their line of guitar amps.
My son Jon, who likes to play alternative and indie stuff, thought this amp would be a perfect match for his 1950′s Gretsch Electromatic or his newer custom modified Telecaster. It has one channel, two instrument inputs, and separate volume and tone controls.
Price: .00 from Trade Up Music, Portland Oregon. At first glance the Sears 5XL guitar amp would be easy to disrespect, even considering it’s legacy in the line of original Danelectro/Silvertone guitars and amplifiers. Later, we discovered that someone must have upgraded the capacitors with new Orange drops (more on that later). The 5XL is an all-tube amplifier producing a modest 5-watts of peak power through a single 8-inch speaker.
It is clad in an equally cheap, thin green vinyl that stretches and tears easily.
The cabinet is built from cheap pressed board and the speaker baffle is 1/8-inch thick Masonite.
Our Buyer’s guide to vintage Fender amps explains in detail how you can date your amp by looking at serial numbers, tube charts, transformer codes, speaker codes, Fender logo, etc.
Lots of different speakers were used in the blackface and silverface era Fender amps.UPDATE: I recently noticed that the schematic diagram for the Harmony H303A is nearly identical to the Silvertone 1420 and Sears 5XL.So it might be possible that these were built for Sears by Harmony.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.Since t Summary: Five watts of hand-wired boutique tube heaven for a fraction of the cost. This particular sample appears to have been built in December of 1968, so it’s possible that it could be a Danelectro original. Dislikes: Cheap cabinet materials and shoddy construction. But with only three tubes pushing 5-watts it’s more fun to dial this puppy to 10! Here is Jon playing his modified Squier thinline Tele through the 5XL.