Silvertone Danelectro "U1" Model 1452 Electric Guitar circa 1961Silvertone
For sale is a truly excellent little vintage guitar from the Silvertone brand. Manufactured by the Danelectro for the Sears Roebucks Co. under the name Silvertone, this is the model U1 or Sears Model 1452. This small bodied single cutaway guitar is as simple as they come, a single lipstick pickup with a volume and tone control. What it may lack in appointments is made up for tenfold in its fantastic tone and playability, leaving nothing to be desired. This particular guitar has the "coke bottle" styled headstock and is finished in a beautifully modest brown sparkle, nearly copper finish that really pulls the vintage aesthetic together. Tonally this guitar is radiant, a very robust sound with good punctuation. It's hollow body lends a lot of air to the sound, and the cut of the lipstick balances it out perfectly. When hitting a bit of overdrive it really sings, with a beautiful voice that is as pure rock and roll as it gets. Cosmetically this guitar is in fair to good condition, players grade for sure. It definitely shows its age, covered in dings and scratches, finish wear and decades of play marks. This guitar is missing a knob on the tone pot, and the other knob is unoriginal. The true wonder is how straight the neck is, with just the perfect and subtle amount of relief, its truly a pleasure to play and definitely sets it aside from the rest of the pack. If you're looking for or ever wanted to grab one of these early Dano's you'd be hard pressed to find a more shining example than this great players grade instrument.