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1963 Danelectro Pro 1 Vintage Electric Guitar Brown Sparkle, 100% Original


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Up for sale, a 1963 Danelectro Pro in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This USA-made vintage guitar was only produced from 1963-64 and in fairly small quantities, making it one of the rarer and more visually striking Danelectro models ever produced. The controls couldn't be simpler, with Volume and Tone knobs governing the single centrally located lipstick pickup which has a sweet percussive cut and chime, offering a surprising amount of warmth and great string-to-string balance. The hollow masonite and poplar body has a unique boxy bark and snappy resonant quality, featherweight at 5lbs 10oz. We've had this Danelectro professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 flatwound strings and low action.

The neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in every register, measuring .820" deep at the 1st fret and .885" at the 9th. On the thick slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the stock medium jumbo frets retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a touch of wear beneath the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-3. The guitar plays cleanly up the 23 1/2" scale length, and the aluminum nut measures 1 5/8" in width. On the headstock, the original offset, open back three-on-a-plate tuning machine strips are intact, with clean white buttons. The tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well. There is vertical lacquer checking on the headstock face, and the silver silkscreened vertical Danelectro logo is present. Even the tiny "Danelectro - Totally Shielded" sticker is retained directly above the nut.

The electronics work as they should, and the copper shielding tape around the controls is intact. The solder joints are untouched, and the original CTS pots date to the 2nd week of '63. Hardware includes the one piece bent metal bridge which doubles as the string anchor point, and plastics comprise the pair of stock white barrel knobs, mounted to the thick single-ply pickguard.

The Brown Sparkle finish is framed by clean binding tape, and cosmetic wear includes some finish scratches on the back and a few small dings on the body as a whole. The neck profile has an extremely clean "bursted" lacquer finish on the profile (shot from the factory to be opaque central to the carve with the natural wood grain showing through on the profile shoulders), with just one small shallow finish chip central to the carve behind fret 3.