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Circa 1958 - DANELECTRO U3

Silvertone 1305 Danelectro U3, made in NJ, rare, black white creamburst, 3 pickups, single cutaway 1958 This is an extremely rare Silvertone 1305L U3 made by Danelectro of Neptune, New Jersey around 1958. It features a hardwood solid center body balanced by hollow wings, Masonite over pine construction, a creamburst finish, triple lipstick tube style single coil pickups, black plastic pickguard plate, a single cutaway, two white plastic strap pins, white tolex binding, and a four way adjustable chrome plated bridge with a Brazilian rosewood saddle. This guitar is 100% original and in good condition. It still looks lovely after approximately 60 years of rocking. With its fast action and terrific tone, this guitar plays like a dream. It comes with a hardshell case. An extra repro set of tear drop shaped knobs is included with this guitar. Get this really rare Silvertone before someone else does.Description from

This guitar is 100% original and it is in good condition. The finish on the front and back is very clean. There is some very hip and fashionable looking wear at the lower bass bout where the arm rests while playing. The edges near the tolex binding have a few small spots of wear. The binding and the pickguard are very clean. This is a great looking and sounding guitar for an approximately 60 year old instrument.

The individual closed-back Kluson Deluxe tuners with metal buttons, are in very good working condition. All of the tuners are smooth and hold the pitch well.
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The neck is in good shape. It is a straight, bolted-on, neck with circular plastic inlays on a Brazilian rosewood fretboard, an aluminum nut, 21 frets, and a 25" scale. There is some playing wear to the paint on the back of the neck and some very minor playing wear on the first fret that does not affect the playability or tone of the instrument. The headstock, featuring a horizontal silkscreened Silvertone logo, has minor some wear along the edges. The neck is kept straight by steel reinforcing rods. With its fast action, the neck feels fantastic under your fingers.
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The three single coil lipstick tube style pickups, have a clean, strong, brilliant bright tone. With the proper usage of the volume and tone knobs, the guitar is very versatile offering the player a myriad of tones suitable for rock, blues, country, rockabilly, soul, funk, jazz and many more musical styles. This guitar has three sets of stacked concentric knobs, one circular black volume and one white, tear drop shaped on/off style tone for each pickup. The pots are clean sounding and in fine working order.
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The Dimensions are:
    Overall length: 38.5"Description from
    Body width: 13.25"
    Body thickness: 1 5/8" with neck 2"Description from
    Scale: 25" approx.
    Width of the nut: 1.75" (depth .75")
    String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
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Here's the original description from the Fall 1958 Sears catalog:
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Silvertone solid-body style Electric Guitars..4 popular models
Single, double, triple pickups or Bass Guitar..steel reinforced neck for extra slimness, easier fingeringDescription from
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(A), (B) Single and Dual-pickup Guitars. Neck has special steel reinforcement...resists warping. Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. Accurately fretted. Solid center body. Core of hardwood balanced by hollow wing sections. 4-way adjustable bridge--up, down, forward, back. Split shell metal-enclosed pickup. 3-position switch. Double tone and volume knobs for each pickup. Bronze or black lacquer finish. Contrasting edge trim.
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(C) Triple-pickup Guitar. Third pickup for brilliance and overtones. Pickups can be flipped on or off with feather-like touch. Plus all features described above. White and black finish. Cord, pick, instructions, incl. 38 3/4 x 17 3/4 in. 57 G 1305L -- Shipping weight 10 lbs...$9 down.......Cash $89.95
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Silvertone 1305L Danelectro U3 Item #: d2063 $2479
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Silvertone 1305 Danelectro U3, made in NJ, rare, black white creamburst, 3 pickups, single cutaway 1958

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