Up for sale, a 1959 Danelectro Companion model 5025 in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Only produced from 1959-60, the Companion is one of the rarer early Danelectros produced at the Neptune, NJ, factory. Combining the deeper hollow body of the Convertible with the dual pickup configuration of the Standard Model/DC-2, this versatile Danelectro is complete with the original pair of “lipstick” pickups and features an upgraded bridge and tuning machines for improved reliability and precise intonation.
The double-cutaway design features Danelectro’s patented hollow masonite/poplar body, with lightly figured veneers on the top and back, a maple neck, and a thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The 2“ body depth results in a particularly warm, barking acoustic profile, faithfully captured by the stock pair of “lipstick” pickups. These pickups are natural-sounding and balanced; the bridge pickup has a smooth, bubbly twang, with an authoritative percussive cut and subtle growl with both pickups engaged (in series), and the neck pickup is bold, warm and punchy with a dry snap in the treble frequencies. Featherweight at 6lbs, this Danelectro has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and round shoulders in every register, measuring .800” deep at the 1st fret and .890” at the 12th. The thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a 14" radius, and the guitar has been refretted with flawless medium jumbo fretwire, matching the size and crown of the original frets. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck reinforced in traditional Danelectro fashion with a pair of non-adjustable steel rods, and the aluminum nut measures 1 9/16” in width. On the headstock, the original logo is largely intact, with a small cigarette burn on the bass side edge. The modern Kluson-style Grover Deluxe double line tuning machines offer superior functionality, and the original open-gear strip tuners are included too.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the pickups governed by a three-way selector switch and stacked pairs of Volume and Tone controls. The original stacked CTS pots date to the 1st week of 1959. The original stacked knobs are present, and hardware includes the two-bolt trapeze tailpiece (only seen on Companions from ‘59) and a modern Tune-o-Matic Nashville bridge, ensuring enhanced sustain, note detail and intonation accuracy. The original Brazilian rosewood bridge with fretwire saddle is also included. There’s virtually zero “sink” at the bridge, as a small block of mahogany has been added beneath the bridge to mitigate this common issue for fully hollow vintage Danelectros.
The gloss Blonde nitro lacquer finish exhibits extensive checking across the body, framed by the original white binding tape. There's a modestly-sized chip in the top veneer adjacent to the input jack. and light wear on the back lower bout edge as well. Cosmetic wear is otherwise limited to a small cluster of pinhead-sized dings on the bass-side body horn on top, light buckle worming on the back, and just a scant few tiny nicks on the body as a whole. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.
A Gator-brand gigbag is included, along with the original strip tuners and bridge.