Danelectro Viscount Model 143 Vintage 1x12 Tube ComboDanelectro
For sale is a beautiful little vintage 1x12" combo amplifier from Danelectro. This dream machine graced Sears Roebucks catalogs of the late 50's and early 60's, often the first amplifier of young rock and rollers who spent their days and nights fanning through these catalogs and working long summer jobs to afford them. To the kid saving money from odd jobs, the late-’50s Viscount’s specs looked pretty darn close to those of the Fender Vibrolux – 12 watts, built-in vibrato (that is, tremolo), two 6V6GT output tubes – and the Viscount had a 12″ speaker versus the Vibrolux’s 10″, and it cost a whole $29 less in 1957; $110 compared to $139 for the Fender. If those weren’t solid arguments to help get it under the Christmas tree, well, what would be? And that’s not even accounting for the cool preamp tube in the viewing window in the back panel. Tonally this amp is very chimey and pronounced, with a heavier focus on treble versus bass, keeping it very clear and bell like. When turned all the way up and the tone knob nearly off you can get a very sweet and creamy oversaturated tone that drools the best of garage rock tones of the 60's, and that is where this amp really seems to shine. The tremolo is soft and swishy, never taking over the mix too much but adds a great level of complexity to the sound. Cosmetically in good condition, there are some dings and scratches but for it's age all in all pretty solid. This is a true garage rock dream machine, and would make a great studio amp for broad and trebly cleans and a great overdriven tone.