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Introduce Grand Auditorium body style on 20th Anniversary, limited-edition models; in May, begin sanding all fingerboards on the new Fadal sander; publish premiere issue (Summer) of quarterly newsletter, Introduce Limited Edition Grand Auditoriums (GAs); create Pallet Guitar; introduce Taylor acoustic bass; in February, begin using ultraviolet (UV) finish on all Taylor guitars (see “The Finish Line: What UV Means to You” on the Details/Tech-Sheets page).Introduce Presentation Series; Baby Taylor; LKSM-6; Grand Auditoriums added to regular line; SKB cases for 400 Series; in January, begin making “curved” pegheads on all Dreadnoughts; introduce Taylor Ware line of branded clothing and accessories.When I started out playing and collecting guitars in the mid 1960s, brands such as Harmony, Kay, Stella, Silvertone and Danelectro were the standards for student use. The old Harmony and Kay guitars were notably inferior in playability and sound to professional-grade instruments by Martin, Gibson and Fender.Typically the necks on the student grade instruments were clumsy in contour compared to a professional-grade instrument, and generally the action was much higher.A population on the go, on brand new Interstate superhighways. The 8” speaker and tube output have really sweet tone and really decent volume, more than you’d expect.I can’t say the guitar knocks my socks off, but as primitive as it is, it plays fine and it’s pretty good for a few choruses of “Walk, Don’t Run” and “Apache.” These are pure guitar fun! They began selling Danelectro-branded guitars and amps in around 1954.People throw the term around all too often—and ignorantly—these days, but those ‘50s and ‘60s Danos were truly iconic.
For some reason, it didn’t go over very well, and the amp was quickly separated out into the Model C amplifier.Newsletter #15, March, 2004 (Please browse our newsletter archives) Guitar manufacturing on the Pacific Rim Most of the guitars, banjos and mandolins my customers use and collect have been made by major manufacturers such as Martin, Gibson and Fender or a few superb handcrafters such as D'Angelico and Stromberg, but over the years, by far the greatest number of instruments purchased in the USA and worldwide have been lower-priced student models.Prior to 1970 most student grade instruments sold in the USA were made here by companies such as Kay, Harmony and Regal in Chicago or Oscar Schmidt of Jersey City, New Jersey, and Danelectro of Neptune, New Jersey.These amp-in-case guitars are icons because they stand for a whole generation and the changes in American culture that were transpiring in the early ‘60s. While the amp-in-case concept seemed to continue to 1969, it was no long the iconic versions we know and love.They were targeted at maturing Baby Boomers who were doing Beach Blanket Bingo with Annette from the Mickey Mouse Club (or, more likely, imagining that they were), switching from Folk to surf rock, starting bands in their suddenly suburban garages. I’ve never played a 1448, but I’ve played this 1457 and the amp is surprisingly good.