DANELECTRO, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1967
DANELECTRO, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1967
DANELECTRO, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1967
DANELECTRO, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1967
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DANELECTRO, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1967

A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, HORNET

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DANELECTRO, NEPTUNE, NEW JERSEY, CIRCA 1967
A SOLID-BODY ELECTRIC GUITAR, HORNET
The logo Danelectro applied at the headstock, the finish of a black colour, together with a later hard-shell case
Length of body 18 ½ in. (47 cm.)
Sale room notice
Mark Knopfler plans to donate no less than 25% of the total hammer price received, to be split equally between The British Red Cross Society (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 220949, Scotland with charity number SC037738, Isle of Man with charity number 0752, and Jersey with charity number 430), Brave Hearts of the North East (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1006247) and the Tusk Trust Limited (a charity registered in England and Wales with charity number 1186533).

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Mark Knopfler purchased this guitar in August 2004 via bassist Glenn Worf. Knopfler’s guitar tech Glenn Saggers told us that, once purchased, every guitar would spend time in Mark’s hands so he could get an idea of the sound and where a particular guitar might fit in a particular song. This guitar was tried during the recording process, yet never made it on to a record. From time to time, Knopfler kept this guitar in his study for home use.

DANELECTRO
Nathan Daniel began his career in the early 1940s producing amplifiers for the well-known New York guitar manufacturer Epiphone. In 1946 he launched his own company marketing his products under the name Danelectro. In these post-war years, he was at the vanguard of guitar amplifier innovation and supplying products to the then big box retailers like Sears Roebuck, sold as the Silvertone brand, and Montgomery Ward, sold as the Airline brand.

In 1954, Daniel introduced a line of electric guitars. His mission was to produce an inexpensive instrument that was easy to build, of solid construction, played well, and produced a unique sound. He accomplished all these tasks but the lasting attribute was being able to sell the guitar at a price point that was easy on any parent’s budget. This ensured that a Danelectro was often the first electric guitar many American pre-teen rockers got their start on. The Danelectro was not restricted to American rock guitarists: Syd Barrett, Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page were all known to plug in a Danelectro 59 DC for performance or recording.

The nostalgia instilled in these guitars by players now in their senior years has been passed down through generations of budding guitarists - this accounts for much of their appeal. However, were it not for their unique tonal quality supplied by Nathan Daniel's innovative 'lipstick' single-coil pickup, the Danelectro might have been overlooked. Danelectros remain a mainstay of guitarists looking for that ever-elusive retro sound across multiple genres of popular music.

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