Silvertone U-1?

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  1. Hendrixlvr

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    876D7C63-D627-4213-8D5B-7744D16C4BF5.jpeg 6542E9D7-F489-4517-97B1-0D8217FE623D.jpeg 57D2F4AD-ABC0-4F5B-981D-972E5C083793.jpeg 909213E1-E537-48EC-B3B2-CA3CD8426A49.jpeg 3207CA1F-FA4F-4CE4-A333-26FBB5A87A7F.jpeg F928A45A-4D45-4B17-BA0F-082DFA311E0E.jpeg 386047ED-20A5-4705-BD32-1B1850B2E4A4.jpeg Came across this silvertone. I think it’s a U-1....I have a small repair to do on the neck and after that imma try to buy it from buddy.....I think it’s a Silvertone U-1 from the 50’s. Anyone able to confirm?
     
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    Dolphin headstock !

    glue it up, do it up, then rock it up !

    look at the wear - look where the crazy man who owned it before you strummed.

    With only one neck pick up all the treble he was going to get was living right where he strummed.

    That’s a beautiful guitar.

    That thing in mint condition ?

    wouldn’t interest me one bit.
     
  3. Hendrixlvr

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    Yup exactly. It might be hard to talk buddy into selling it as his dad gave it to him, but it’s never played so imma try hard to get it
     
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    5071B83B-1B0C-446C-BC11-08E238B3A393.jpeg Just check out that ‘patina’!!
     
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    Nice...Dolphin Headstock !!!
    Aluminum Nut !!!

    Danelectro New Jersey Guitar there.
     
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    I hope it sounds good, cause it looks like 20 miles of bad road.
    Seriously, you could restore it with some new paint and a deep cleaning...and would still look like 20 miles of bad road.
     
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    That thing's a real Road Dog......

    Whatever it takes to bring it back into circulation, must be done!

    (and no 'restoration'- other than to make it gig-ready)

    :cool::)
     
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    Agreed! Imma clean it up, fix the neck and restring
     
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    I owned a Danelectro convertible and it was a damn good guitar. Surprisingly good.

    I forget why I got rid of it?
     
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    I’ll take it!
     
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    That is cool. I agree about letting it wear its history and finding a way to get out and play it again.

    I had a sort of similar-looking Airline variant of a Harmony Stratotone for awhile (two-pickup version) and it was super cool for recording big twangy reverby sounds. Eventually the trussrod-less neck got banana-shaped and the fretboard came off and when I learned that the pickups and even the so-called “cupcake” knobs had some value, I put it on CL as a parts guitar and it sold within a day or two.

    But before the neck crapped out it was a lot of fun to compress, reverb and tremolo the hell out of it for 60s-sounding overdub textures and stuff. It would probably be fun to use for lo-fi blues or rockabilly stuff too.

    Put that thing to work!
     
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    Let's jam!
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    You are hereby banned from ever owning anything but new guitars...
     
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    U1 if it was a Danelectro, did Silvertone have its own model name/number for those? Doesn’t matter, same thing. That would be awesome if playable, looking just like that (except maybe the stickers). And is that the owners’ names scratched on the back?

    My ‘65 Danelectro Convertible isn’t worth any more than a brand new RI, maybe less. (I’ve had RIs—they are Danelectro through and through.) But somehow, my old worn one is better.
     
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    Pickups are better on the old ones.

    All the reissues in the last 20 yrs tanked the prices of the of the old ones except for the super rare models .
     
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    That's gorgeous.

    You have to do a few things to these to turn them into real players, but it's totally worth it. Everything you've heard about those pickups is true.
     
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    How much of these old ones going for nowadays anyway? From what I can find online around $800 seems to be the going rate
     
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    Don't you dare paint that. Clean it, yes, but no paint. It would take you over sixty years to get it looking that cool with that much mojo again. Just clean and oil it and get rid of those stickers and then play the snot out of it through a good tube amp at high volume. Has the neck been repaired or is that waiting on a fix?
     
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    If he won't sell it (understandable)- maybe he'll let you borrow it for gigging- in return for the sweat equity you are proposing to put in?
    Better to have the use of it, than for it to remain under someone's bed...….
     
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    There's a steel beam inside that neck that keeps it straight.
    Just get some glue in those cracks and squeeze them together and you'll be fine.
     
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