Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Danelectro DM-25 Guitar Amp

Here we have a Danelectro DM-25 electric guitar amp.  Really fun and great sounding amp.  This model was made in the mid sixties and is another survivor.  You don't see many of these around and after getting it I can see why. I can't imagine why anyone would want to sell it.  This is in many ways simply a smaller version of the Silvertone 1484 series.  The Dm-25 has one 12" Jensen speaker and two channels.  The first channel has two inputs and controls for volume, treble and bass.  The second channel mimics the first with the addition of controls for reverb and vibrato.  The reverb doesn't work on this model, but the vibrato effect is in fine working order. 

It is quite amazing to be able to stand right in front of an amp with a 12" speaker, crank it up and not do serious damage to your inner ear.  That is the joy of this amp.  It is not high powered but makes up for that in tone.  What a wonderful sound and vibe.  Crisp, clean, transparent tone that is clear as a bell.  It is a joy to play through.  I have experimented with very little effects, only using a little delay to get a little rockabilly going and love it.  It's a blast to play and keeps you coming back for more.  It's hard to think of a better testament for an amp or instrument than its ability to make you want to play more.

This amp most likely won't suit you if you are looking to gig with it due to the fact that it is a fairly low output amp.  In the studio it will no doubt be a secret weapon.  It just begins to break up with the volume pinned and though I would be interested to hear how it responds to a tube screamer, i think I will hold off as the Jensen speaker is original and though it sounds great could potentially be a bit frail.

I am not much of a gear head when it comes to electronics and tube lineups, so I will spare you any attempts at technical talk.  Drop me a line if you wish to know the tube configuration and I will be happy to respond.

Just like the 1484 series the head on this amp can be packed away in the back of the speaker cabinet.  What a great find!!

that is the reverb tank behind the tubes - wish it worked, but you can't have everything.

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