Danelectro (used) Electric Sitar

Tag No 58-9019 Used
This item is NOW ON SALE!

#8690, in very good condition with a period (normally worn) rectangular hard shell case.

This bizarrely shaped instrument resembles (in its body shape) a wooden banjo but boy it sure doesn’t sound like a banjo -- it sounds like an Indian Sitar -- which is exactly the point.  It allows for more fun than you ever thought possible with a six-string electric guitar in your hands.  It even sounds when great played acoustically.


Here’s what the book Guitars From Neptune (by Bechtoldt and Tulloch) – the story of Danelectro guitars – says about electric sitars.  We believe that the following bolus of hyperbole is reprinted in that book directly from the Danelectro Catalog  of 1967 to 1969.   Full disclosure – they were, at the time, talking about the Coral (brand) Sitar, which Danelectro also manufactured, but the same ideas, sound and concept apply.  We have, following, paraphrased what they said:


Meet the new hero of the recording scene. This is the instrument used on countless hits this year . . . . and the list keeps growing.  For today’s “in” sound put the Electric Sitar in your bag.  The true Sitar sound can be played by anyone who plays an electric guitar.  Unlike the complex Indian Sitar, this one plays chords as well as melody.  The Sitarmatic bridge is of unique design with a compound curve surface which permits adjustment of action and open string length without affecting the characteristic “twang” of the sitar sound.      Leading recording artists that feature the Electric Sitar:  The Boxtops (“Cry Like a Baby”), Chad and Jeremy, Every Mother’s Son, Richie Havens, Lovin’ Spoonful, Joe Pass, Spanky and Our Gang, Strawberry Alarm Clock, The Turtles, Frankie Valli, The Who, Steely Dan.     Additional examples of artists using electric sitar include notable early hit singles “I Was Made to Love Her” by Stevie Wonder, “Hooked on a Feeling,” and by Todd Rundgren, Eric Johnson, Santana, Pearl Jam, Pat Metheny (“Last Train Home”), Steve Vai, Rory Gallagher, Steve Miller, Van Halen (“Ain’t Talkin’ ‘bout Love”), Metallica (“Where ever I May Roam”), Lenny Kravitz, Oasis, REM, and Alice in Chains (“What the Hell Have I”).     Wow, that’s a lot of great performances.   And who can forget Eric Burdon and the Animals song “Monterey?”


The original version, as it was made by Danelectro, had a white pickguard with a painted design around the edge.  We guess that the original owner didn’t think that design was manly enough, so this now has a replacement laminated (black-white-black surrounded) black pickguard; it has two replacement knobs that are larger than the original knobs.  Although the lipstick tube pickup is original the plastic semi-rectangular frame around it is not (this was hand-made by somebody).  There are two added holes on the back where somebody attempted to add strap pins below and around the three-bolt neck heel, and then removed the pins.  This example has a replacement brass nut – the original would have been aluminum.  In addition it is missing its leg rest in an area on the lower east side of its bulbous, rounded body that was indented to seat that component.   The two small holes that held it there remain. 


This 21-fret electric instrument has a thermometer-like headstock in much the same way as persons of the future (or intergalactic aliens) are portrayed in the comics and movies.  Across the forehead on that swollen cranium is the word “Danelectro” in silver block letters.  There under are six unsigned tuners with six flatpick shaped metal buttons each having 6 stripes on each side.  These tuners have hollow metal vertical frames through which the worm gears pass.  This entire aspect makes you understand why that book is titled Guitars from Neptune.  Everything about this is other-worldly.  The back of the neck shows five or more shallow capo marks; the back edge of the Wise Alien headstock shows scrapes. Overall the instrument displays scratches, scrapes, nicks, dings, and chips – but all of this is normal wear.    The maple body is finished in a sunburst walnut stain, and it sports a matching headplate.  The “Sitarmatic” device and the metal tailpiece (it takes standard guitar strings) are original.  The frets show normal wear and are a little flat in places, but, again, this is in keeping with an instrument made around 42 years ago. This has no affect on usability -- it plays just fine. 


There is, in our opinion, no way to get the memorable and instantly recognizable sound of the electric sitar for use in popular recording than to find a Danelectro or Coral Electric Sitar.  The sound one can get from it is simply incredible – hearing just one (1) note instantly brings the listener or player back to 1968.   We are enthralled by it, and you will be too.   THIS WAS $2995 (Cash Price) but it is NOW ON SALE: 

Our SALE Discount Price is $1,541.00 and Our SALE Cash Discount Price is $1,495.00.

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