Startup: Stumped!

It's gorgeous, whatever it is.

This photo was posted by the incomparable Jonny Lang yesterday, with the simple question: Name That Amp.

As CardboardTube is our resident expert on all things musical — at least where it pertains to guitars — I sent the photo to him for identification, thinking that he’d be able to immediately name the obscure beast against which the Danelectro is leaning. He was just as stumped as I was, and through a fair bit of consultation with the Googles, neither of us was able to come up with an answer.

Now I know we have a few musicians in our midst, and I’m hoping that some of you might be familiar; failing that, I know we also have quite a few internet ninjas amongst us, so let’s see how good your Google-Fu can be. I’m admitting defeat, as are the 78,000 fans on his Facebook page, so perhaps our intrepid crew of geeks can one-up the rest and come up with an answer.

  • Number_Six

    This could be a red herring, but that carving looks awfully like a stylized kanji character.

    • OA5599

      Japanese for "eleven", if I'm not mistaken.

      • Alff

        Yes, that was the amp that Nigel Tufnel used on Spinal Tap's "Live at Budokan".

  • PrawoJazdy

    I think it's custom refurbished deal. I've never seen anything like it.

    • Deartháir

      That was our thought too, but Lang did say that someone should know what kind of amp it is. A custom job would have no way of knowing that…

  • acarr260

    Obviously, it's a Fender. Oh, you mean the pretty wood-covered amp? On that one, I'm clueless.

    I would have voted for a custom one-off case, but Dearthair's comment seems to negate that possibility.

  • CardboardTube

    Just for clarification, I didn't call the guitar a Danelectro, I called it a Silvertone, which was the Sears name for all of their musical instruments including Danelectro, National, Harmony, Kay, and Teisco. Basically it's a great go-to name for guitars that you don't really know the origins of since there were a TON with that name on it. The amp is still a mystery, but I'm liking the Spinal Tap idea.

    • Deartháir

      Actually I didn't hear you call it anything. I looked at it and immediately thought "Dano", and never gave it another thought. Now I realise it doesn't say anything, so I might have stepped on an upturned rake…

      • CardboardTube

        Let's just call it an Ibanez and get everybody mad at us.

        • RahRahRecords

          the guitar is a 1958 supro dual tone. I knew I'd seen it before. I had to dig out my guitars: illustrated encyclopedia

          • RahRahRecords

            no idea on the amp though

  • dmilligan

    The kanji for "11" screams something to do with Spinal Tap, but it looks like a custom one-off or a local Japanese brand that doesn't make it to this side of the pond very often. If it does tie in to Spinal Tap, I'd guess that it's a Marshall stuffed into a new cabinet.
    The guitar appears to be an old piece of drek. Just because it's old doesn't mean it's any good. Hand me a Tele or a Strat and I'll be happy.

  • Lotte

    The character says "love". The rest is still up to you guys as I've no idea in this area. Do people do custom amp/amp covers?