Hello All ! I announced it while ending my thread "Gretsch meets Danelectro" : another Danelectro Lefty Fake was on release, thanks to the skills of my pal Fred, which builds guitars like I build amps... In fact, this is a rescue of an aborted / abandoned project started by somebody who left it to the singer of my band, which in turn gave it to me : "I am unable to do anything with that, so before trashing it, it thought that it would be of some interest to you..." Why not ? The original instrument, as is, no other parts available : This is a generic instrument from the late 60's, coming from Japan, that could be found under several brandnames, for example this one : Don't you find some similarities with the shape of a Danelectro DC59 ? OK, why not a lefty conversion and a Dano-look for a rescue, then ? I took it to a starter-luthier that could paint it in the suitable color (he used to paint hot-rod cars and motorcycle tanks), but the prep he made before painting wasn't good, and he fronted problems while polishing it... Really too bad : the "Candy Orange" color was perfect, but he couldn't correct the faulty prep, so he choose to abandon the job, asking me no money for it ... Then enter my pal Fred, which offered me to try a rescue as best as possible. He corrected, touched up what he could do to make the instrument presentable while saving that nice Candy Orange. After repolishing and recoating, the result was more than acceptable : So we decided to go further... Fred build a neck with the famous "coke bottle" headstock : And some month later (part-time job), here is the result today : But looking to that result for the 1st time, I feel that the silver engraved pickup rings that I designed and made are a somewhat big, and could be more discrete in size and look, as the routings for the pickups in the top are thinner, as you can see on the comparison pic below : I could redesign and rebuilt smaller rings, from the same material (engraved and silver-painted PMMA) or even go for white metal (maillechort)... What's your opinion ? A+!