The 1940s were an unusual
time in American history. The country was coming out of a devastating depression
early in the decade, and then ten short years later, we had been though a World
War in which the United States was a victor, but at a great cost in lives and
extended personal sacrifice. Troops were back from the front, and things were
looking up for the people of the United States...
America was getting ready to enter the golden 50s. Amplified guitar music was as new as the millions of babies that were born in those years immediately after WWII. Those children born in the 40s would be the 'teeners' of the rock and roll 1950s. The engine of that rock and roll revolution, the electric guitar, had yet to come into its own. Here's where the amplification of those first electrified notes got turned on in Silvertone World.
It was slim pickings for any guitarist that wanted a guitar amplifier in the 40s. Most of you have heard of (and maybe some of you old schoolers out there have experimented with) wiring up your axe somehow to the input of a phonograph or tape recorder to get some amplification.
The first Silvertone amps were also offered paired with lap steels and also some primitively electrified big box acoustics.