SILVERTONE/DANELECTO MODEL: 1317/U1
PEANUT - 1957
This is a sweet Silvertone 1317 (U1 peanut) electric guitar made by Danelectro of Neptune New Jersey in 1957. It is a semi-hollowbody with a black finish, white tolex binding, one single-coil lipstick tube style pickup, a clear plastic pickguard, two white, plastic strap pins, and a four-way adjustable chrome plated bridge/tailpiece with a Brazilian rosewood saddle. The body is the smaller U1 "peanut" size so it's very light weight. The neck is straight and all the electronics work correctly. The neck feels like a standard Danelectro width but just slightly smaller. It's 100% original. This is an amazing little guitar that's in nice playing or collectable condition! It looks lovely, sounds superb and it is a pleasure to play. Grab it quick! It comes with an original hard shell case.
This guitar is in good condition for its age and it's 100% original. There are a few minor scrapes to the body and the white tolex binding has also aged and darkened slighly but they are both very much intact. The clear plastic pickguard has some wear from doing its job over the past 58 years and has taken on some red scrapes from perhaps someone's signature red plectrums, but that could possibly be removed with the proper solvent. Overall the guitar still looks and sounds fantastic after nearly 60 years.
The tuners, opened-back, 3x2's with plastic buttons, are in very good working condition.
A straight, bolt-on neck with dot inlays on a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, a metal nut, 21 frets, and a 25" scale. The frets are still in good condition for a guitar of this age. The paint on the back of the neck has some playing wear. The fretboard has a really nice, unique natural wood pattern as you can see in the photo. The Coke-bottle headstock, featuring the horizontal silkscreened logo, has some wear along the edges and a scratch on the front. The neck is kept straight with two steel rods. The action is fast and the neck and frets feels fanstastic under your fingers.
Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The single coil, lipstick tube-style pickup is very clean, potent and full. Using the tone knob, you can attain a bright to warm tone perfect for any style of music including rock, blues, country, funk, and folk. There are two white bakelite knobs, one for tone and one for volume. This guitar also has a three-way toggle for tone control, tone kill and tone setting. The tone knob's range sweep is a bit subtle, otherwise, all of the electronics work well.
The Dimensions are:
Overall length: 37.25"
Body width: 11.75"
Body thickness: 1.5" with neck 1.75"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1 5/8" (depth .5")
String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
1957 SEARS CATALOG DESCRIPTION
Solid Body Guitar
with slim, non-warp neck. Two steel bars placed in triangular truss position inside neck. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Force-fitted position markers. Accurately fretted. Solid center body core of hardwood balanced by hollow wing sections. 4-way adjustable bridge-up, down, forward and back. Split shell pickup. The only metal enclosed pickup to avoid "shorted turn effect." 3-position switch on both models. Double tone and volume control knobs for each pickup. Lustrous black finish with ivory trim or bronze and ivory lacquer finish.
37 1/4 x 11 1/8 in., With pick, electric cord and instructions.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
57 D 01317L--Black single pickup. Shpg. wt. 9 lbs. $4 down ......... Cash $39.95
57 D 01319L--Black dual pickup. Shpg. wt. 9 lbs. $6 down ........... Cash $59.95
57 D 01321L--Bronze single pickup. Shpg. wt. 9 lbs. $4 down ........ Cash $39.95
57 D 01323L--Bronze dual pickup. Shpg. wt. 9 lbs. $6 down .......... Cash $59.95
57 D 0732L--Carrying case for above. Brown simulated leather-covered
chip board. Shipping weight 6 pounds ........ Cash $5.29
DANELECTRO 1957 CATALOG DESCRIPTION
Three position switch provides 3 instant tone changes. No other single-pickup guitar has this feature. Choice of six modern colors.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
BLACK LACQUER, Ivory binding U-1 Black $75
BRONZE LACQUER, Ivory binding U-1 Bronze $75
IVORY LEATHERETTE, Black binding U-1 Ivory $75
JADE GREEN LACQUER, Yellow binding U-1 Green $75
CORAL LACQUER, White binding U-1 Coral $75
AQUA LACQUER, Maroon binding U-1 Aqua $75
Item #: d2056
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