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Another schematic [message #27066] Mon, 22 October 2018 18:41 Go to next message
IowaBoy is currently offline  IowaBoy
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I know this site is for Kustom equipment, but I just got a hold of a PhotoFact Servicer that contains the complete schematic and parts list for a Silvertone model 1465 amp head. Not to worry, there are no copy right issues. I had and now have again one of these vintage heads from the mid 60's and figure there might be one or two of you out there that might have one as well.

$5.00 if you want a printed copy or send your email address and I'll send you the download.

As more manuals start surfacing, I will let everyone know about them.
Re: Another schematic [message #27067 is a reply to message #27066] Tue, 23 October 2018 11:37 Go to previous messageGo to next message
zedsalt is currently offline  zedsalt
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Well, no, it's not a Kustom, but it's an amp Kustom fans appreciate if they're familiar with it...made its debut the same year I did...one of the most powerful (if not THE most powerful) Silvertones of the Danelectro era...probably a lot of similarities to Kustom when it comes to repair/restoration...
Re: Another schematic [message #27068 is a reply to message #27066] Tue, 23 October 2018 12:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stevem is currently offline  stevem
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as far as I can tell it was a near tie between Thomas Vox and Kustom back in 1965 for the first solid state 100 watt RMS guitar amp.

The Vox hits 120 watts due to it being designed to run on a 2 ohm load, but the Kustom has a better power supply.
The silvertone 1465 seems to be more Vox like even though all 3 of them use a transformer to do both the driver and phase splitting function before the output transistors.
Re: Another schematic [message #27069 is a reply to message #27068] Tue, 23 October 2018 18:12 Go to previous messageGo to next message
IowaBoy is currently offline  IowaBoy
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Funny how out of the three brands, the Kustom's are still out there going strong for the most part. Silvertones, considering how many were sold by Sears, not many around anymore and the one's that are, have issues and the reverb and tremolo never seem to work. Seems to be an issue with all vintage equipment. Then to top it off, like Vox, they're cabinets were made of particle board that was heavy as hell but didn't hold up well. Vintage Vox is rare at best because of the cheap cabinets and their circuitry always was shorting out. I guess there is a company that you can now buy empty Vox cabinets, including the trolleys that are brand new. Wonder if they are still using the cheap particle board. I know they aren't cheap price wise. Say what you want about Kustom, but they were built like tanks and will probably be around another 45 years.


The 150 head I bought this summer is all intact but of course the reverb and tremolo don't work. The speaker cabinet had the 6 speakers in it but all had been removed. Cabinet was beyond repair so it got scraped. I'm using a Kustom slanted 2-15's cabinet that I took the speakers out of and put in 4-8 inch speakers and 2-8 inch high frequency waveguides with crossover. Going to recover everything in tolex, maybe snake skin, not sure yet, but it will be one of a kind. It's definitely a power house amp and the sound is definitely that of the 60's that I remember. Brings back a lot of good memories of just starting out and playing Jr. High sock hops. Now if I can find an old solid body Kay guitar and the black round fuzz box that I had, it will be like old times.

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Re: Another schematic [message #27070 is a reply to message #27066] Wed, 24 October 2018 07:46 Go to previous messageGo to next message
stevem is currently offline  stevem
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The reverb pan in these amps is a Piezo set up and is why they sound so bad in the first place , and then go bad!
the non working Tremolo is likely just the bulb being out in the opto coupler, a 1.25 dollar item !
Re: Another schematic [message #27073 is a reply to message #27070] Wed, 24 October 2018 21:11 Go to previous messageGo to next message
IowaBoy is currently offline  IowaBoy
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Stevem............what would suggest as to replacing the reverb verses repairing it? My original Silvertone amp, the reverb sounded pretty good, in fact, better than any of the Kustoms I have. Could you explain the piezo setup you were talking about?
Re: Another schematic [message #27074 is a reply to message #27066] Thu, 25 October 2018 06:01