Danelectro Convertible Model 5015 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1964)

Danelectro  Convertible Model 5015 Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1964)
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Danelectro Convertible Model 5015 Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1964), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 4014, formica with vinyl siding finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

This is a super nice example of the classic Danelectro Convertible, the company's least expensive guitar in the late '50s and early '60s. The model was offered for sale both with or without a pickup (hence the name) and the electronics package was available as a separate kit, in case you wanted to upgrade later.

Convertible guitars do not have a solid center block like the Danelectro standard models, giving them more body response than any other Nathan Daniel design. As unlikely as it seems, they actually make a fairly functional acoustic guitar.

This instrument is the electric version equipped with a single lipstick tube pickup in the round sound hole with tone and volume knobs and a jack mounted to the top. Cosmetic features include a very Populuxe Formica top and back and the standard Dann-o vinyl siding.

The neck is the standard Danelectro style with a "coke bottle" headstock adorned with a vertical logo and fitting the openback Waverly strip tuners used up through 1964. The original list price with the pickup was all of $65.00, which made this an exceptional value in a student guitar in the early 1960s.

Despite this budget intention, the Convertibles have proved enduringly popular with many players since, offering a unique tone all their own both plugged and unplugged. Some time back renowned singer/songwriter J.J. Cale was seen using a Convertible extensively, helping to inspire continued interest in this unusual Danelectro creation.
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a very clean and all-original Convertible, looking not very much played since the 1960s. Without internal support, the Masonite tops on these instruments tend to sag over time; this is one of the less affected we have seen and remains perfectly playable.

There are a few dings and dents, a bit of spotting to the vinyl sides, and some very light scarring to the top caused by the bridge feet scraping a bit. Not perfect, but really this is about as nice as we expect to see 50+ years on. The best example we have had in a while, complete in its still-functional original chipboard case. Excellent Condition.