This is a double cutaway Silvertone made by Danelectro of Neptune, NJ circa 1964. The guitar features two single coil lipstick tube style pickups, a solid-center Masonite over pine body, a white Masonite pickguard on which the controls are mounted, a four-way adjustable chromed brass bridge with a Brazilian rosewood saddle, white tolex binding, two aluminum strap pins and a redburst finish with sparkling silver colored accents. This guitar is 100% original and in good condition. With its fantastic fast action and terrific tone, this guitar plays like a dream. Although this instrument already looks lovely, a previous owner, perhaps a resident of the Haight, chose to further decorate it with Grateful Dead stickers. We chose to leave this personal touch intact as it represents part of its long history. This is the higher-end, two pickup, model of the amp-in-case line but this guitar does not include the amp-in-case. Get this great guitar while you can.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is 100% original and it is in good condition. The finish is still very clean. There are a few barely visible spots of wear below the bridge and a few more at the edges on the front and back near the binding. The binding and the pickguard have aged a bit but they are in good shape. This is quite a beauty for an approximately fifty year old guitar.
The tuners, 6 inline closed-back with plastic metal skate key tips, are in very good working condition. All of the tuners are smooth and hold the pitch well.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The neck is in good shape. It’s a straight, bolted-on, poplar neck with circular plastic inlays on a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, an aluminum nut, 21 frets, and a 25″ scale. There is some paint and playing wear on the back of the neck and some playing wear on the top three frets. This does not affect the playability or tone of the instrument. The “in-line scoop” headstock, featuring a horizontal silkscreened Silvertone logo, has some wear along the edges. The neck is kept straight with dual steel reinforcement rods. With its fast action, the neck feels fantastic under your fingers.
The two lipstick tube style single coils are very clean and potent. The neck pickup has a smooth bright tone. The bridge pickup has a bright, twangy edge. One can coax a very wide variety of sounds from this guitar using the right tone settings and pickup selection. This guitar has dual, white plastic, stacked concentric controls: volume and tone for each pickup. The toggle switch allows you to select the neck, bridge or both pickups. The pots and toggle are clean sounding and in fine working order.
The Dimensions are:
Overall length: 38″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body width: 13″
Body thickness: 1 5/8″ with neck 2″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Scale: 25″ approx.
Width of the nut: 1.75″ (depth .75″)
String height at 12th fret: 1/16″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Here’s the original description from the 1964 Sears catalog:
“All-in-1 Guitar Outfit”Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The Guitar…long 21-fret fingerboard of Brazilian rosewood. Dual pickups let you switch from full deep tones to sharp, treble tones. 2 volume, 2 tone controls. Solid-center body. Sunburst red finish, sparkling silver color accents.
Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Case and amplifier….3 tubes plus rectifier; volume, tone controls; tremolo strength and speed controls. On-off foot switch (not included: missing) for remote tremolo. Big 8 inch speaker. Vinyl-covered hardboard, with red rayon lining, sparkling trim. About 39 x 14 x 3 inches. model 1457L weight approximately 27 poundsDescription from VintageSilvertones.com