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A very odd thing with long horns (no, not a bison).

This lovely DANELECTRO GUITARLIN was made in New York in 1965 and is better known now by its 'Longhorn' nickname. And what an odd guitar: the body is made of 'Masonite' (= hardboard); the pickups are made out of old lipstick tubes; the neck is reinforced with aluminium; the nut is a screw-on metal type; and you'd need fingers like matchsticks to reach the upper frets. But it sounds wonderfully clangy, and is now so sought-after that a good example like this cream-to-copper sunburst model from Paul Day's collection would set you back at least £350. Not cheap; not nasty.

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