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Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar   

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The look and sound of a vintage bass with a short scale neck.

The Danelectro '56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar captures the essence and vibe of a vintage instrument. The '56 bass has the distinctive style and tone that many enthusiasts seek, while enjoying the advantages and stability of its modern construction and easy-to-play neck.

Danelectro has fitted the '56 Single-Cutaway Bass with a hollow plywood body and solid center core, making it light and resonant.

The 30" maple neck with rosewood fingerboard has 24 frets and is fully adjustable thanks to its double-acting truss rod. It's the perfect length for young players or guitarists who want to switch over.

2 Danelectro lipstick pickups offer a surprising variety and quality of tone via 2 independent volume controls and 1 master tone.

Other features include "Kluson" style tuners, clear plastic pickguard, and traditional rosewood saddle.

  • Single-cutaway body style
  • "Dolphin" headstock
  • 30" short-scale neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 24 frets
  • Dual lipstick pickups
  • 2 volume and 1 tone controls
  • Nickel hardware
  • Wraparound bridge
  • Adjustable truss rod

56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar

  • Body: 56 single cutaway press board top and bottom/plywood construction hollow with solid center core
    Tape binding
    Clear Pickguard plastic with logo
    Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard/double acting truss rod - Dolphin headstock shape
    30" scale length
    4 in-line closed "Kluson" style tuners
    C-shape neck shape 24 frets
    1.650" nut width
    Fretboard radius 14"
    Traditional bridge with single rosewood saddle
    2 pickups lipstick single coil (1 bridge, 1 neck)
    2 volume (one per pickup) and 1 master tone control

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Danelectro56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Fun to play

By michael mitchell

from east coast

Comments about Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar:

Very happy with purchase. i only wish they would use a period correct finish on body and hardware.
I owned the Chinese-made "dead on" longhorn after owning a total of 5 of the Korean-made reissues and loved it so much better than the original models or Korean ones that I decided to get one of these. I've only personally played the Silvertone version of the original, but this bass improves upon it quite a bit. It has two pickups and i wish they had stuck to one like the Silvertone models, but the layout will be familiar to jass-bass players. The Kluson-like tuners work fine and look correct. I'm not a fan of the matte finish or brushed finish on the metal parts, but it's not offensive. The internal frame is plywood; the originals were poplar pieces put together-this is definitely an improvement, and unlike the earlier Korean models, the side tape appears to be adhered properly.
Very well-made for it's price point. Like my "dead on" Longhorn reissue, this bass was set up perfectly right out of the box...that's a nearly impossible feat no matter where the instrument comes from. I replaced the output jack with a Switchcraft (as I do all of my instruments), but the stock part was actually pretty good quality. Nice frets, straight neck, no complaints.
I love this instrument. I suppose they could sell this for $125 if they felt like it and still make a profit, but it is a cool bass for the money and plays better than an awful lot of $700 basses.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


Follow up to first review of the Danno

By Bob at Kokopelli Guitars

from Battle Creen, Michigan

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Comments about Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar:

I made some mods that made a world of differance. First I changed the strings to a set of super light LaBelle Flatwounds made just for the Danelectro. Expensive, but well worth it. Got rid of the "finger squeek" of roundwounds (I use flat wounds on almost all of my basses), inproved tone & playability. I got a little fret buzz & thought about changing the bridge but didn't want to ruin the looks of the bass. Once I figured out how to raise the stock bridge (just back out the screws a tad, imagine that!) that went away. It now has a very cool sound (try it on the intro to Whipping Post & you'll see what I mean) Why flatwounds don't come on some basses I don't know (Cost too much, I guess)Anyway, this is just right when you need that particular sound for "that one song" you can't get from your regular bass & it's cheap enough to buy one.My main gripe about this & all short scale basses is that there are no hard cases for them. Where is Musician's Gear when you really need them?

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Nice, light-weight bass.

By Ivan Shepperd

from Dallas, TX

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Comments about Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar:

I think this is a great bass, especially for the price. I have the Aqua which is really more of a seafoam green. It is a light-weight bass which is good. The paint is a satin rather than a gloss which is fairly unique. The quality of the paintjob is excellent. The rosewood fretboard is also well constructed and looks good. The metal hardware is all a brushed nickle, except for the fretts which are polished. I really like the way the brushed nickle looks. Again, unique. There is a strip of white tape, stamped to look like osterich leather, around the edge of the body. Sort of a poor man's binding. I thought it would look cheap but I kind of like it. Finally, I really like the tuners. Almost every bass (Fender, Hofner, Rickenbacker,and Gretsch being exceptions) seem to use the same shark-tooth style tuners. The Danelectro uses a Kluson-style tuner which is pretty unique for a bass. I also love the shape of the headstock; also unique.

The only negatives, and these are pretty insignificant, are the pickguard which is pretty cheap looking when you examine it and several round-head screws on the back. Also mine came with the nut a little scratched up at the G string. Those are all minor issues.

I replaced the stock strings with D'Addario Half-Rounds (short scale) and like it even better. It has a suprising amount of sustain for a hollow body bass. I guess that's attributable to the sound block inside, which I also think accounts for the round-head screws on the back.

My expectations were exceeded with this purchase and would buy one again if something happened to it. Great bass for the price.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Classic Danelectro

By tikitadd

from Plymouth, IN

Comments about Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar:

After trying this bass, I must say that Danelectro has once again lived up to their usual standards. sturdy, quality construction at low, low prices. To answer the question of an earlier review, Danelectro originally used lipstick casing to house the pickup electronics due to economic constraints.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Great value. Sounds great, plays great. Worth keeping for the long haul, even if it is cheapo. Nice.

By John McGreivey

from NJ

Comments about Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar:

Excellent, for the price. If you want a more excellent execution of the concept, buy a Jerry Jones, if you can find one, and pay three or 4 times as much.
Features? Depends on what you mean by "features". It has the familiar Dano features: cheapo, but good. Popsicle-stick bridge that looks impossible to intonate, but in fact can be, pretty easily. Two pickups. Frets, tuners, volume and tone controls, strings--the basic things an electric stringed instrument needs, and they all work.
The quality is exactly what you expect for a Danelectro, and maybe a bit better. Nice neck. Fretwork is fine. It's made of cheap masonite, but that's actually a feature. The binding tape will probably peal off sooner or later, but is that a bug, or a feature? It might be quirkily charming, since you know you'll probablay have to fix it some day, and you just need to plan ahead. The bridge is held on with three cheap wood screws. Is that crappy, or is that a feature? It works, so I would say it's a feature. The paint job is not as bulletproof as I would like, but whatever. It plays nice and sounds nice, so I can't complain.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Big Sound for a Small scale!

By BassMonkey-ZYMP2

from Norton, MA

Comments about Danelectro 56 Single-Cutaway Electric Bass Guitar:

I bought this bass as I've had some issues with carpal tunnel while playing 34" scale basses. The action out of the box is low and buzz free. There's a great low end to this bass despite it's lack of weighty hardwood behind it. The lipstick pickups give a GREAT punchy sound suitable for punk, rockabilly, rock...just about anything. Big sound from a small scale. It's rapidly becoming my "go-to" bass. 4 stars.

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