This is an extremely rare Silvertone 1359 (Danelectro model: U2), "peanut" (smaller body) two pickup, electric guitar made by Danelectro in 1956. It's serial number is xx566 (first two numbers removed). It has a tan and ginger simulated leather finish with two lipstick pickups and a semi-hollow body. It was made in Neptune New Jersey. This is an extremely rare guitar in very good playing condition especially for a more than fifty year old axe! The neck is straight with nice medium-fast action. The electronics all work correctly. The tuners are 100% original and work well. It has general playing wear, minor nicks, and the paint is worn on the back of the neck. But overall, it's in very nice shape. This guitar feels great and sounds incredible. If you're a player or collector this is the guitar you've always wanted! It comes with a good quality gig bag.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The body shows quite a bit of wear to the finish including the usual nicks and dings on a 50+ year old guitar. The back of the body has some buckle rash. The body could probably be cleaned up to really shine but it's got an nice aged patina as is. It's in great playing condition and the neck has room to be set up for faster action if desired. Overall, it plays and sounds excellent!
Tuners are open-back 3x2's. They have plastic tips. The tuners very good working condition.
The neck is in very good shape. It's not perfectly straight but just right for playing (no issues there at all). The fretboard is a beautiful flamy Brazilian rosewood with only very minor wear at the first fret. The frets are all in very good condition and have a lot of life in them. No fret buzz. The neck and headstock are painted a reddish-brown. The paint on the back of the neck is worn from playing wear. The headstock is very clean with only minor nicks. The nut has some wear but is in fine shape. It may have been flipped at one time for a left-handed player.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Two pickups are very strong and full sounding with the neck being more smooth and jazzy and the bridge somewhat twangy. There's one volume and one tone control for each pickup along with a toggle selector control to choose between neck, bridge or both pickups. The sounds seems more on the country, blues, and maybe surf-rock tonal range. The electronics are all original but it looks like some very minor soldering was done at some point but nothing looks replaced or significantly modified.
The Dimensions are:
Overall length: 37 1/4"
Body width: 11 3/4"
Body thickness: 1 1/2" with neck 1 7/8"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Scale: 24 7/8" approx.
Width of the nut: 1 9/16" (depth 7/8")
String height at 12th fret: 1/8" (with plenty of room to adjust as desired)
1956 Sears Catalog description:
Solid Body Electric Guitar with tan and ginger simulated leather covering. Hardwood with aluminum alloy reinforcing rod through neck, body. Professional 25 3/4-in. scale .. yet only 37 1/4 x 11 1/4 in. size. Adjustable magnetic pickups with removable access plate. Position markers on fingerboard and side of neck. Streamlined guard plate. Single pickup model has tone and volume control, dual model has 2 tone and 2 volume controls plus selector switch.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Pick, cord, instructions. Wt. 10 lbs.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
57 G 01359L--Dual Pickup. $5 monthly....Cash $59.95
57 G 0732L--Carrying Case for (B) above. Brown simulated leather-covered chipboard.
Shpg. wt. 6 lbs....$5.29