It always had the "lipstick" style of single coil pickups and came with a wood saddle and more often than not was branded as a Silvertone (Danelectro built for Wards under the Silvertone name and for Sears Roebuck under the Airline name).
Quite simply, everyone should have a Danelectro in their proverbial “Kit Bag”. They’re affordable, tough on the road and the tone is like nothing else.
The ’59 has had some much needed upgrades of late. The body is still a hollow body, Masonite top and back on a plywood frame. It retains all the character of the original, although new appointments are the hugely more usable and resonant wraparound bridge, a three way selector switch and the stacked tone and volume controls for each pickup. The aluminum nut adds a bell-like quality that is pretty special.
The ‘59’s lipstick pickups (Although not the 15 year NOS that had everyone, including us, raving) have a good solid body in the low end and a garage band sounding, punchy mid-range while still retaining the smooth brightness at the top end.
It comes in seven retro inspired colors - Aged White, Black, Blue, Copper, Orange, Seafoam Green and the giggle inducing, Baby Come Back Blue!
The '59 is a surprisingly gig ready guitar, even though it's lightweight and once you get over yourself a little and embrace the gritty early rock it represents you'll surely be long term friends!
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