Dating danelectro guitars
Glued-on necks must be removed with heat, usually steam.
Do not attempt to remove a glued neck unless you have significant experience doing so.
While most think of the history of American guitars in terms of American manufacturers, if you’ve followed this column you know the tradition is much richer.
Among the major players in the American market were the many importers and distributors who enriched the guitar landscape with instruments – usually at the lower ends of the market brought in from other countries, primarily from Europe, Asia, and to a lesser extent, Latin America. While we tend to think of the automobile industry in ethnocentric terms, it’s impossible to think of “cars in America” without considering Volks-wagen Beetles, Toyota Corollas or Datsun Zs (Yugos and Renaults deliberately ignored).
Modern lipstick pickups have enclosures made specifically for electric guitars.
The Doubleneck Model 3923 debuted in 1959 and boasted one 24 3/4”-scale 6-string guitar neck and one 30”-scale 4-string bass neck. The concentric knobs take care of volume and tone for each neck.
The bolt-on poplar necks were kept thin and easily playable by using two heavy-duty steel bars as reinforcement.
Nathan Daniel founded Danelectro in 1947, in Red Bank, New Jersey.
By the late ’50s, the interior electronics were shielded with copper paper.