1965 Silvertone 1457 (Danelectro-made) Electric Guitar & Amp

Silvertone 1457 with Amp Case, made by Danelectro

Silvertone 1457 with Amp Case, made by Danelectro

I know! Sorry, no video clip! Update: the owner sent me a couple candid videos for this'n to share.

By hook or by crook, the owner of this instrument and its case began collecting Danelectros via the temptations of my blog. As in: "Ooh, that looks pretty, I'll find one!"

I can't disagree with the habit -- I love Danos. They're lightweight, tend to have nice necks and bigger frets, stable, and look amazing. They're all the cheese you could want cooked in the right way.

This model, which comes as a guitar-plus-amp-in-case combination, is basically the same idea as a Dano U2 model, though with wilder-looking body and headstock shapes. The pickup placement is the same and the control layout (neck/series-both/bridge switching and stacked vol/tone knobs) is as well. The body has poplar/pine blocking for the outer edges and bridge center block, but is mostly hollow under its masonite top and back.

It's completely original, too, though if you look carefully you can see that I've compensated the rosewood saddle so it plays in tune with modern 3-wound, 3-plain stringing (it's got 10s on it). Other work included adding a ground wire from the bridge to the harness, cleaning, and a fret level/dress and setup.

On the amp-in-case -- I just sprayed it out and cleaned it up. I wish that I'd had time to do a video because it's actually a surprisingly-fun little amp. With the low output of the Dano pickups, it doesn't get pushed into distortion at all and it's definitely loud enough to use with your buddies in a relaxed jam. The tremolo circuit sounds crazy and wonderful, too. It can stutter like some half-diseased effect, or can be subtle and help to "carry" the tone.

Scale length: 25"
Nut width: 1 3/4"
String spacing at nut: 1 7/16"
String spacing at bridge: 2"
Body length: 18"
Lower bout width: 13"
Side depth at endpin: 1 5/8"
Body wood: Masonite top/back, semihollow poplar/pine sides
Fretboard: rosewood
Bridge: steel adjustable base with roseood saddle
Neck feel: slim C-shape, ~12-14" radius board
Neck wood: poplar, 2x steel bar reinforcement