Dating danelectro guitars
Antique Silvertone guitars were manufactured by five guitar makers, Danelectro, Harmony, National, Kay, and Teisco, to be sold by Sears department store from the 1950s into the early 1970s.
While all of these guitars bear the name "Silvertone" on their headstocks, the design of the instruments differs greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.
Glued-on necks must be removed with heat, usually steam.
Do not attempt to remove a glued neck unless you have significant experience doing so.
The bolt-on poplar necks were kept thin and easily playable by using two heavy-duty steel bars as reinforcement.
The pickups, famously nicknamed “lipstick pickups,” actually utilized the same enclosures as lipstick, with an alnico magnet inside wrapped in electrical tape.
Behind the Danelectro is a Fender Bandmaster head and cab dating to May 1964.By the late ’50s, the interior electronics were shielded with copper paper.And today’s lipstick pickup enclosures are made specifically for guitars.If there is a four-digit serial number, which the vast majority of Silvertone instruments have, you can use it to find the guitar's age.Remove the guitar's neck if you cannot find the serial number anywhere else.
His pioneering designs included many industry firsts, such as the inclusion of tremolo and the amp-in-case.