Mom played the guitar for many years. In the mid 1970s, I showed an interest in learning the guitar. Mom eventually gave me the guitar and amp and I learned to play on it.
In the 1980s, I stripped the guitar down and repainted it with a funky two-tone green paint job.
In 1986, I auditioned for a band in Tulare, California. I couldn’t play the lead in one of their songs, because I only had 18 frets. They took me to White’s Music Center in Tulare and bought me a pale yellow, 1986 Fender Stratocaster. This became my main guitar and I retired the Silvertone to the closet.
In 2010, I pulled the guitar out of storage and stripped it down. The original pickup had long been lost, so I began to collect the parts needed to restore the guitar back to its original condition.
Danelectro, the company that built the guitar for Sears, was still in business, so I ordered an original Danelectro Lipstick Pickup from them, along with the vinyl, embossed binding tape to go around the edges of the body. I drilled out a broken, push-in plastic strap button and installed a fluted wooden dowel into the hole. This was later drilled to accept a screw-in strap button.
I did not like the original brown finish, so i decided to choose a color that would look ‘retro’ and be easy to keep clean. I decided on Sage Green acrylic enamel, which is very similar to some of the pastel colors used by fender and Gretsch on guitars through the 1950s and 1960s.
Thanks a lort Ropbert, I’ve always loved the simplicity of design of those guitars, and am quite tempted to get a modern-day Danelectro as my main guitar.
Robert’s Silvertone can be heard on a new track, “Slide” which I’ll soon be playing on The Blues Show