Danelectro Amp-in-case

The Danelectro Amp-In-Case, properly known as Solid-body Electric Guitar with "All-in-one" Amplifier-Case or Silvertone 1448 is a line of guitar sets introduced from 1962 to 1968. It was sold for $67.95 ($466 in 2007 value), sometimes including a 45 rpm how-to-play record, as part of Sears Silvertone.


One of the most eye catching features of the student set is that the amplifier is built into the top-half of the hard-shell guitar case. Originally it was a simple 3 watt amplifier with 2 tubes plus 1 tube rectifier, 5-in speaker, and one gain control. By 1963 it was upgraded to a 5 watt 4-tube amplifier, with 8 inch speakers, control for volume (gain), tone, tremolo (speed and strength), 2 inputs, and one foot-switch. The front end of the case has its top half covered in cloth for the speaker.

The case is 37x15x3 inches.

When the guitar is stored inside the case, with the speaker cloth facing upward, the guitar neck would sit on the left side of the amplifier.


When first introduced in 1962, the 3/4-sized guitar had a double cutaway semi-hollow body in a shape similar to the well known Fender Stratocaster. The body was composed of a poplar center block and frame with Masonite top and back. It came with a single lipstick pickup at the "middle" position, controlled by a volume and tone knob. The poplar neck was fitted with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, and only had 18 frets. The neck connected to the body with three bolts.

By Fall of 1963, there was a two pickup model available. The new model 1448 was the same as its predecessor, but equipped with 2 lipstick pickups and a 21 fret neck. Eventually the semi-hollow guitar models were replaced with solid-body design similar to Danelectro's Dane line.


The guitar, minus the amp-in-case, was being reissued by Evets Corporation for 2008 as the Dano '63. It is not an exact copy, but updated with modern materials and construction methods.


  • Body material/construction: Masonite with plywood core. Solid plywood block from neck pocket to bridge. Chambered sides and behind bridge.
  • Neck material: Maple with double acting truss rod
  • Neck shape: C
  • Neck joint: Bolt on
  • Scale: 25"
  • Number of frets: 19
  • Nut width: 1.650”
  • Fretboard: Rosewood with pearloid inlays
  • Fretboard radius: 14”
  • Tuners: High ratio with sealed gears
  • Strings: 10-46
  • Bridge: Adjustable saddles zero gloss nickel
  • Pickups: Lipstick single coil
  • Controls: Single volume and tone w/ 3-way toggle pickup selector
  • Vinyl side binding tape. Stained for aged appearance.



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