The 1443, along with its close sibling the 1442, was the last of its kind, bringing and end to the Dano/Sears alliance that had been bringing us great instruments and amps since the 40s. MCA tried to make a switch from big retailers to individual guitar shops, and the Danelectro 'division' bled out. MCA closed the doors to he Neptune factory in 1969.
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The 1443 is a beautiful, modern long scale bass. Like its solidbody siblings the 1442, 1451 and 1452, it was available for only a short period before Danelectro evaporated. The cool look and spirit of the 1443 rocks on, however, so much so that Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam had Modulus make a bass for him that had the same look and feel as the classic 1443 (they did update the pickups/bridge a bit). I've seen that bass in his hands probably more than any other... or maybe I just notice that one more. Remembering a favorite bass from your first days as a player, Jeff?
57B1443L for $114.95
1967 at $114.95
as the 57K1442L