This is a 100% ALL original vintage 1964 Danelectro DC59 (model #3021) electric guitar. This Dano, serial number 3035, is in very excellent all original cosmetic condition, and represents a perfectly intact well-preserved example. This is, without a doubt, the most famous Danelectro model, as this exact model was heavily used by Jimmy Page of Led Zepplin throughout the entirety of his career, but was also played by Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, in addition to, several other high profile guitar greats. I haven’t seen one of these available in quite a while, so don’t miss out!
First and foremost, this example is in extremely excellent 100% ALL original condition with no issues whatsoever. It is perfectly intact, with NO breaks, NO cracks, NO repairs, NO modifications, and NO changed parts. Yes. 100% original.
This classic dual-cutaway shorthorn Danelectro features:
-A hollowbody construction from Masonite and Poplar
-(2) Lipstick pickups
-Original CTS pots from 1964 (137 6440)
-Coke-bottle style headstock
-Concentric tone and volume controls
-Chrome-plated steel bridge with adjustable Rosewood saddle
-Original white vinyl binding
-Original enclosed 3-on-a-side tuning machines
-Non-original hard case
-Original Link Wray LP with identical guitar on the cover
This guitar plays perfectly, sounds great and looks incredibly awesome. Jimmy Page often used this guitar during long extended solo performances during Led Zepplin concerts, where he would take advantage of the incredible action, and bend strings more than people typically would. This guitar is conducive to that exact style of playing. The rather flat radius encourages string-bending, and makes all types of playing particularly easy.
The lipstick pickups are famous for producing a beautifully musical and particularly useful tone: loud, warm, robust and really pleasant: they happen to work well when both recording and playing live, as it fits snugly in a mix. However, it is one of the most enjoyable guitars to just sit down and plug in. Great sounding and easy to play, this is truly a great guitar.
No, it’s not an old Les Paul or a vintage Strat, but that’s precisely what makes it great. It really is an alternative, and if you aren’t familiar, the sound will certainly impress upon you the importance of owning a guitar like this. It offers something completely unique, useful and enjoyable.
As stated, this guitar has no issues. The action is great, the frets are intact, the action is low, the tuning machines hold and the electronics work perfectly. Cosmetically, the guitar is a strong 9+/10. Most would probably suggest that it’s near mint, but it might be one notch away from being described as such.
This is a great vintage guitar for the amateur collector, the serious buyer, the pro player and even a fan of Page and Syd.