50 years later, it’s back and better than ever!

This unique package combines the ISLAND “Carny”, an evolved redux of the Silvertone 1448 and the Benson Amps “Drifter” 5w all-tube amp-in-case combo.


  • One-Piece ultralight Solid Red Cedar body, natural or Milk Paint finish
  • Quartersawn Poplar neck with static reinforcement
  • “Bolt-thru” attachment: The neck is extended deep into the body” The bridge is bolted through the neck into an insert in the body
  • Black Locust fretboard
  • 23.5″ scale length
  • Machined aluminum nut
  • Custom bridge by CJ Tooling. Rosewood, brass or steel saddles available
  • Body-mounted lipstick pickup by MOJO Pickups wound to vintage spec
  • Italian Celluloid, or grained Ivoroid pickguard and bindings.

Benson Amps Drifter

  • Entirely handwired, point-to-point in Portland, OR by Chris Benson
  • 5W, all tube, with tremolo
  • Speaker-out (4 ohm)
  • 8″ Jensen speaker (other options available upon request)

Please inquire for custom options and pricing.