Thoughts on the current Danelectro line?

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  1. mvsr990

    mvsr990 Supporting Member

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    Musician's Friend is closing out the 2007 '59 DC model for $250 - sorely tempted.

    I've heard there are some differences in these and the previous Dano line (and the vintage, of course) - thicker neck (yay), metal bridge instead of wood (?), hotter pickups.
    But do they still sound pretty good? Or should I hunt for one of the '90s-early '00s reissues instead?

    (would love a Jerry Jones, but I'm in the mood for something cheap to experiment with)
     
  2. Lawn Jockey

    Lawn Jockey Member

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    I've got one of the 2006 Longhorn reissues. It is what it is, a great guitar......for the money. The new appointments helped.

    It's clean and spanky clean...and snotty when driven.

    Good luck.
     
  3. 9fingers

    9fingers Supporting Member

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    I have a current DC. Nice little guitar. It sounds great, really good jangle & likes OD just fine. (exceptional for slide with some OD). Not much hum. It is lightwieght , balances well, & is finished fine. Tuners & bridge are substantail & functional (unlike some Danos).
    Drawbacks- frets are med jumbo but poorly finished. They were leveled but needed some ends filed & needed a crown & polish job. Pots are poor & have very uneven taper, both tone & volume.
    All in all, a GREAT guitar for $250! Finish the frets & replace the pots & it is a real winner (with a nice dose of "cool factor" included)!
     
  4. peachy

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    I bought one earlier this week. If you want it you should grab it quick, the guy I talked to on the phone after my order got cancelled (ended up missing out on the last of the black or something) said that there were only something like 3 of them left.
     
  5. mvsr990

    mvsr990 Supporting Member

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    Shoulda gone with my gut - sometime between this afternoon and now they sold out of the '59s.

    Went ahead and bit on a Dano Pro - kinda funky looking, but interesting. If I want a double-cut later on, the '63s are out in a month, I think.
     
  6. TNO

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    I have a Pro and I really like it. Not much upper fret access but having the neck set so deeply in the body really helps the tone. They are well made but I had to do a lot of detail work to get it set up.
     
  7. Mattbedrock

    Mattbedrock Silver Supporting Member

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    I got a DC-3 in '00 from MF. I agree the finish work on the neck/frets is a little rough, but it is a great slide guitar. Just add a coricidin bottle and a cranked up tube amp. Nasty.
     
  8. dougk

    dougk Silver Supporting Member

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    I bought a DC3 around 01 and out of the box it was the best playing guitar I've ever bought new. I dont know why I dont play it more often, I really like it. I didn't play alot of them so I can't speak for the overall quality of the line but mine was sure a gem.

    The real bridge is a good thing imo.
     
  9. stratotonedude

    stratotonedude Senior Member

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    I haven't liked any of the reissues as much as I like my early sixties single cutaway dolphin nose headstock Danelectro-made Silvertones. I actually prefer the cork bridge.
     
  10. Dom

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    I bought a cute little baby-blue korean 56 Pro on eBay yesterday - always wanted one wanted one of these.

    Haven't played or even seen it yet, but I'm already thinking about upgrades... :NUTS ...
    I'll probably get new pots, a bone nut and do some fretwork if required.

    Any other ideas?
    Who makes the best bang-for-the-buck lipstick PUs? Are the tuners worth keeping?
     
  11. mvsr990

    mvsr990 Supporting Member

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    Dano Pro arrived today - I'm loving it so far. Comfortable chunky neck, no sharp frets, no buzzing, tuners seem a little imprecise but hold tune, and it's so much fun to play (or in my case 'play').

    Acoustically, loud and pleasing - guess that's the hard masonite top and hollow interior working together.
     
  12. blood5150

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    I may pick up one of their new baritone guitars...
     

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