The 1389 amp was a close sibling to the 1451. It was an oddball, it shared the same circuitry, and had a plain brown wrapper. At least the 1451 had the cool gold flecks...
Offered as a holiday special in the 1958 Wish Book (the only listing for it I've ever seen) with the also unique 1304 guitar.
1958 as the 57N1389 in the Wish Book at $32.95
I reckon Nathaniel Daniel (head of Danelectro)
and Joe Fisher (the instrument buyer for Sears) concocted these 'Under the Tree'
specials that helped Dano clear some old stock pieces, give holiday shoppers a
sweet price point, and unknowingly give collectors something to puzzle over
decades later. Thanks, guys!
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