The original Danelectro company was first founded in 1947 and by 1954 they had started producing a distinct line of quirky guitars, eventually expanding to 12-strings, baritones and even sitars. The instruments often used unique lipstick-tube pickups, which contained the pick-up inside lipstick tubes, as well as concentric stacked tone/volume knobs on certain models. Danelectro’s goal was to produce no-frills guitars with good tone at low cost.
This black ’59 “O” Shorthorn is based on Danelectro’s most famous guitar. The “O” means it is built to original factory specs. The guitar features a shorthorn shape, Danelectro’s original one piece bridge, 2 lipstick pickups and a 3 way pickup selector. It also has the “Coke Bottle Style” classic headstock, a hollow body made from poplar & masonite, and a seal shaped pick guard with two concentric stacked tone & volume controls.
The second reissue series (2007-2009) was Chinese-made, with an asymmetric headstock and bog-standard (non-stacked) master tone and volume knobs. This is not one of those.
This 59 Shorthorn is in great condition, especially for an instrument nearing its 20th birthday.
At 5.6 lbs it is light and lively sounding, with a sparkle you can only get with these classic Danelectro lipstick pickups. The neck is straight with a medium low action, and very easy to play. The frets are in good shape with only minimal wear. All controls work as they should, as do the truss rod & tuners.
This one would also make a killer slide machine, with access right up the neck. Just wind it up & dig in ….
Comes in a quality Danelectro gig bag in good condition.