Danelectro -- How does one intonate these ***#s?

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  1. mediocreplayer

    mediocreplayer Member

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    I got a new Dano '67 which sounds, looks, and feels super. But I can't get it to intonate. In fact, there is nothing I can do to make it intonate because it has a rosewood saddle and that's it. Any fellow Dano owners with any insights? I know about the replacement intonatable bridges, but is there a way to just fix this? It's very frustrating!
     
  2. Strat

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    it's a feature, not a bug !!!!
     
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    As good as they sound, there's a reason why many recent Dano models have not stuck with the rosewood saddle.
     
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    So it can't be done. That blows. I am in love with this (orange!) guitar.

    Does the replacement bridges (or the bridges on the new models) make a (huge) difference in the sound?
     
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    The replacement bridges are a great option. For those who prefer to stay with the original style (part of the Dano-Mojo), I've cut a few custom compensated rosewood saddles. It's not that big of a deal.
     
  7. mediocreplayer

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    That's fine, but will I be able to do this even? This bridge is a bit different than on other non-trem Danos, with the spring under the bridge, etc.
     
  8. gill

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    I just ordered a new rosewood bridge with a notched saddle from ebay for my late 60's convertible. Hope this helps with the intonation (and tone) a bit. It's a fun guitar to play acoustically while feeling like an electric.
     
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    Take the guitar to a good repair shop and have them re-shape or replace the saddle. I did that on a longhorn I had and it worked out fine.
     
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    Have you seen the tele type bridge on Jeffsenn site under cjtooling?
     
  11. mediocreplayer

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    I looked it up on their website. Pretty cool. Thanks for pointing me to that. However, if I am going to do a bridge replacement, I'd rather put one of the bridges with a saddle for each string to get rid of the intonation issue once and for all.
     
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    It was designed to work with heavy gauge sets with a wound 3rd - all they had back in the 50s. My 3 Danos intonate perfectly with a set of 11-gauge flats. For light strings you probably would have to get a notched saddle.
     
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    Are you trying to tell me thicker gauge strings intonate better than regular ones? Does that rule apply to acoustic guitars as well? :dunno
     
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    its not really about string thickness, and more about the wound 3rd. you can get a wound 3rd on a 10-46 set if you want.
     
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    Wound third is the way. Of course, you'll be tuning to DADGAD, in true Dano way.
     
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    I suppose it's a good opportunity to learn some guitar mechanics.
    When I worked in Subway we used to make compensated brass saddles for Danos.
    I never liked those much and made mine of Bone ,maple or rosewood
    I don't think I've used one of those adjustable saddle bridges on guitar yet ,but I used one on a bass . I like those well enough
     
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    Just an update to anyone interested. I installed the bridge and there is definately an improvement IMO. The ebay seller's name is mamadont.
    Im using 9 on my Dano now only because I had them lying around and use 10' or 11's on my other guitars. I think I'm gonna try 11's soon--hope all remains stable with the neck
     
  18. lucioloud

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    Hey there guys,


    I've got one of the CJ Tooling bridges with rosewood adjustable saddles that are great on Danos for sale.


    It's a really well made product, but didn't work out for my Dano.


    CJ sells them for $65, so message me with a reasonable offer and it's yours. In like new condition
     
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    It can totally be done. It's more intonateable than an acoustic and those intonate just fine, dont they?

    I marked the location on mine with a thin strip of scotch tape so it's easy to set it up after a string change.

    Those bridges are as integral to the sound of those guitars as the pickups or aluminum nut or the Masonite body. The steel saddle bridges sound awful, IMO.

    Trust Nate - he knew what he was doing. :cool:
     

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