This is a Double Cutaway (DC59) 1959 Reissue Original Factory Spec/3021 reissue, six string electric guitar made by Danelectro in China in 2011 in a hand-painted psychedelic multi-colored finish. Aside from the fretboard, the entire guitar has the hand-painted psychedelic multi-colored finish including the “seal” pickguard which is an homage to Eric Clapton’s hand-painted Danelectro 3021 used during his Blind Faith period. This is a limited edition of 200 guitars and each guitar has a unique paint job. It is a double cutaway, masonite top and bottom with a plywood frame. This DC59 /3021 reissue is basically new-old-stock (NOS). But, this model has been updated and made fully playable by the author of the Danelectro book: “Neptune Bound.” The author felt the guitar wasn’t playable as released. So he removed the paint from the fretboard and frets and replaced the stock bridge with a better quality chrome-plated one. So this guitar is fully playable and not a wall-hanger. The pickups and electronics are simplified to one tone, one volume control with a three-way toggle switch to choose between neck, bridge or both pickups. In the middle position the pickups are louder and act like humbuckers. This model was a limited run and has unique pickups and tone. They’re strong and bright single coils with a matt finish. And, these single-coils are considerably more clean sounding than most. The classic Danelectro-style bridge is adjustable for height and intonation. It comes with the original Danelectro gig bag, warranty card, and wrench to adjust the neck (the adjustment must be under the nut or in the neck-pocket since it’s not visible on the body.)Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is all original but modified to make it more playable. The set-screw is missing from the nut. The finish is glorious in all its 1960’s psychedelic beauty. It is a great looking and playing guitar that sounds rich and full. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
TUNERS: Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The open-back 3×3, tuners have a matt, silver finish with off-white plastic buttons which are in very good working condition. All of the tuners are smooth and hold the pitch well.
NECK: Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The neck is a maple (presumably) wood with rosewood fretboard. The bolt-on neck is straight, with a psychedelic finish on the back matching the body’s finish, fret marker dots on the side of the neck/fretboard, an aluminum nut, 21 frets and a 25″ scale. The headstock has a Danelectro logo and the psychedelic finish matches the body’s. Overall the neck and headstock are very clean.
This guitar has two single coil lipstick tube style pickups with a 3-way toggle to switch between the neck, bridge or both pickups. They are a matt silver-colored finish, lipstick-tube Alnico-50s style pickups. The neck pickup has a clean, smooth tone while the bridge pickup has a bright more raspy tone. Each pickup becomes warmer with the tone knob turned down. In the middle position, the pickups act like a humbucker and are significantly louder. The tone on this guitar is louder/stronger but not as bright as an original Danelectro 3021 model. This guitar is suitable for Americana, Rock, Country, Rockabilly, Surf Rock, and much more. The electronics are clean sounding and in proper working order. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The Dimensions are:
Overall length: 39″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body width: 13.25″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 1.64″ with neck 1.98″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Scale: 25″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1.55″ (depth 0.65″ approx.)
String height at 12th fret: 0.07″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Weight: 5.1 lbs0.065″Description from VintageSilvertones.com