Dating sears guitars
: I have a silvertone 1481 amp - how can I tell when it was manufactured? : Thanks, greg I think that number is a chassis number. They were purchased at the same time if that helps you any...you're looking at it being at least 42 years old... : : I have a silvertone 1481 amp - how can I tell when it was manufactured? : : Thanks, greg : I think that number is a chassis number. I just bought one and I am going though the same search. I've got a Silvertone 1481 that came with the Silvertone Jupitor guitar back in 1963. : The serial number means nothing for dating this amp.
One of the best known Kay electric guitars during the 1950s was the K-161 "Thin Twin", most visibly used by blues artist Jimmy Reed.
Gold models had single coil pickups with clear silver plastic covers and phillips head bolt adjustable pole pieces.
The Upbeat model came with an optional transparent black plastic cover.
The best way to date them is based on the Pots or the Volume and Tone switch that you turn. Based on the 4 digit code on the back of the pots you can determine the age. This means "1966" and the 40th and 45th weeks of that year the pots were made.
An excellent source of information is the "Dating Vintage Guitars and Amps by Source-Date code".