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Discussion in 'Other Guitars' started by duceditor, Mar 22, 2020.
That's the Deluxe model, comes in thinline and solid versions, and costs more
That's RJ Ronquillo, Jack Pearson ain't got nothing on him!
There's a bunch more videos on this model on YouTube, from Andy at Reverb, Shane at In the Blues (lefties take note), Marty Music, and The Tone King, as well as the more expensive 64 and 66 models, including one by RJ, who has videos of a bunch of different Dano models. The more expensive ones have carved tops instead of a slab body, and there's even a Strat with 3 lipsticks.
I have owned every cheap guitar from the 60's on these are one of my fav's and they are so light. Old stock
Just in case anyone might be interested:
I took the plunge and bought the 12 string.
NGD review to follow after delivery.
I want the 12 string as well can't wait for your insight.
Karl Sandoval used to use Danelectro necks on guitars he built back in the late 70s-early 80s.
If you're not familiar with him, he built guitars for Eddie Van Halen, George Lynch (Dokken) and he built Randy Rhoads' polka dot V.
Good article about Randys' guitars talking about it here
I found it interesting, maybe someone else will
This post will be kind of a Novel, sorry for the lengthy post. But here goes:
I had a late 90’s U2 reissue. Powder blue. I had just gotten a good job and wanted a nice guitar-at the time all I had was a Harmony I literally pulled out of a dumpster, and a sort of super Strat made out of a random collection of parts (a friend gave me his Kramer Focus V bolt-on neck copy, and I used the neck, Floyd and one of the pickups on a random Floyd routed body I found. So I really wanted a BRAND NEW guitar that wasn’t botched together. I was all set to buy a Squier Strat when the sales guy I was working with, suggested I try out a U2, that was the same price as the Squiers I was looking at. The one I tried, was head and shoulders better playing and sounding than any of the Squiers. I also A/B-ed that Dano with all the other ones they had, and I thought it sounded better than all those, too... Needless to say I brought it home with me, and it was my only guitar for many years. It was still my #1 even after finishing school and getting a REAL good job, buying a vintage Gretsch and a bunch of Fender Deluxe Tele’s... I had expensive “vintage” guitars that should have been my favorites, but that Dano still sounded better than any of them. On mine, the bridge collapsed in the middle like everyone else’s, and I tried to fix it by putting it in a Vice. I kind of broke it, so I took it to a Luthier guy I knew ( I lived in an Artist’s Co-op and he had a repair shop in his space) Anyway he fixed it by putting a cut-off Tele bridge on it (the 3-barrel kind, but with the pickup area cut off) He liked it so much, he offered to just buy the guitar from me. I should have kept it... The last I heard from him, he still has it.
I’ve actually bought other U2’s, but they just didn’t have ...something like my old one. Plus the necks on them are all too small to me now.
It was “Blue Suede” color. And I don’t have a picture of mine on this phone but it looked exactly like this.
If the back of the neck is all painted like this, it’s an early Korean reissue (the best ones) If it’s unpainted (or, y’know, clearcoated) it’s a later Chinese one. What I read was the actual original ones (and the 90’s MIK) were Poplar, which was part of their “sound” The newer ones are Chinese maple, or Sen or whatever making them sound different. Or something.
I agree there is nothing about it that grabs the eye. But here's a funny thing... It's one of the most efficient designs out there. The strings all have a pretty straight run from the nut to the peg with little binding side torsion, and no need for string trees.
Only have one.
I also have the single pickup reissue, solid as a rock, wish I knew where to get a pickguard for it. It's that black purple one. Odd color.
Love all these originals, every one of them has a story to tell
I joke that the last time I tuned the Dano was when I put strings on it... but that's not far from the truth. It's the most stable guitar I've ever owned.
I really like them both visually, screaming art-deco all over them, and sound-wise, with the lipstick pickups having a characteristic bright tone.
However, though I like looking at them in Instagram and local sales classifieds, the fact they have notoriously poor upper fret access, which is a big deal for me, steers me away from them. They'd give amazing rhythm guitars, though.
Tell me more/pics. I didn't know they made a single pickup version. Ideally I'd like to get one like my original. Single pickup and dolphin headstock but I don't think they exist
I've mentioned before that my Dad tried to start a mail order music shop when I was a kid and in the late 90's all that was left of that was he was an official D'Addario dealer.
Well when the first Danelectro reissues came out in the late 90's they were a product he could get dealer cost on. Both my little brother and my step-brother got Danelectro guitars and little Dano amps for Christmas 99, I already had a Squier Strat so I just got a Zoom 505 MFX pedal. But I kinda wished I would have got at least one for myself. They're pretty cool.
Saw this on fb marketplace today, and was wondering why that bridge?
My 1998 Danelectro DC59 has probably been my #1 guitar since I bought it in 2006, it's the first one I reach out for every time.
I only have 3 electrics but due to its superlight weight this one is usually the one I take out with me because I gig abroad more often than not. (Or at least, I did until, well you know...)
It's so light that even in a flightcase with my pedals it comes in under the airline weight allowance. And the tuning is rock solid. I have flatwound strings on it, and the tone is great, plus it's so easy to play. If anything happened to it I'd replace it with another 1998 model immediately.
Pics? Ok, one from onstage at a festival in Bansko, Bulgaria and one from home with my (now gone) Mustang bass.