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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar Black 

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Overview
  • '59 style double-cutaway body made of laminated wood
  • Vintage textured tape binding on the side
  • Maple bolt-on neck
Description & Specs
  • MSRP:
    $399.00
  • Your Savings:
    - $29.01
  • Your Price:
    $36999

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A reissue of a classic instrument from the early days of rock.

The 12-String Danelectro 12SDC Electric Guitar captures the jangly sounds of the '60s with a double-cutaway body made of laminated wood and 2 lipstick pickups. Modeled after the classic 59DC used by Jimmy Page, the guitar's "bottle" headstock is elongated to accommodate 12 sealed Gotoh tuners. It's wide neck makes the Danelectro 12 string easy to play. An improved fixed bridge is fully adjustable. The Danelectro 12SDC guitar's '59 vintage look includes details like a matte finish, seal-shaped pickguard, and textured tape binding on the sides.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • '59 style double-cutaway body made of laminated wood
  • Vintage textured tape binding on the side
  • Maple bolt-on neck
  • Elongated "bottle" headstock
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Dot inlays
  • Lipstick tube pickups
  • Dual/concentric "stacked " master volume and tone controls with 3-way toggle switch
  • Matte finish
  • Nut width: 1-3/4"
  • Scale length: 25" (635mm)
  • Satin hardware
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Fully adjustable bridge
  • Strung with D'Addario XL EXL150 regular light nickel wound strings
  • Case sold separately

Make your collection complete with this retro sounding 12-string!

 
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Danelectro12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 42 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (27)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Good feel (26)
  • Good pick up (18)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (21)
    • Jamming (20)
    • Recording (18)
    • Rock concerts (12)
    • Small venues (10)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (23), Professional musician (9)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Jingle Jangle On A Budget

    This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little...Read complete review

    This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little adjustment. The lipstick tube style pickups deliver the jangle you expect from an electric 12 string and they seem to be fairly high gain. I had to turn my Gretsch Playboy amp down a little from the setting I normally run it in order to turn the guitar volume up just a third of the way. These pickups are loud. I really like the wide neck. It's much easier to play than the Rickenbacker 12 string I used to have. I also like the simplicity of one tone knob and one volume knob. Danelectro guitars of the 50's/60's were cheaply made masonite wonders with lipstick tubes as pickup covers, unique tone and a low price. Thankfully, some things don't change. Plug this in and the jingle-jangle will lead you right into the sonic realms of The Byrds and The Beatles.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Really more of a kit than a guitar

    The guitar wouldn't tune well right out of the box, but it came with Gotoh tuners and a nicely designed bridge which allows one to intonate all 12 strings individually, so I figured that...Read complete review

    The guitar wouldn't tune well right out of the box, but it came with Gotoh tuners and a nicely designed bridge which allows one to intonate all 12 strings individually, so I figured that this is something that I should be able to make work for me. I gave it to my guitar tech/lutihier who had to shim the neck, turn the truss rod, adjust the action and intonation, change strings and cut grooves deeper in the nut for the strings that sat too high and put epoxy in grooves that were too low. When I got it back it was much better than when I gave it to him but the G string still needs a litttle more frequent tuning than would be needed with my Fenders or Gibsons. He told me that there are internet blogs that say that you should throw away the aluminum nut that comes with it and go to a bone or synthetic one. We ended up not doing that.

    One other issue I had was that the tone knob did absolutely nothing so I took off the pickguard and saw that a wire that was supposed to be soldered to a tab on the pot was never soldered.

    I feel that I got something that I can use as often as I would use a 12 string, which is not often. You do get what you pay for and the fact is, I didn't pay much for it. Thank God that I have the resouces I do to make the instrument right. For what I have invested in it, I'd say I did alright. A PRS 12 is as adjustable; they have a bridge that allows intonation on all strings as does this Dano but PRS's cost thousands of dollars. Rickenbackers cost a couple grand plus and I am told that you cannot intonate all 12 strings on them (I never owned one so I'm not sure). I recommed this Danelectro with a caution that you should try to findout how much a good setup would cost and figure that into the total price. An extra hundred or so dollars for the set up and $70 or so for a good case still makes this a decent deal. Just know all this before going into it.
    Needed major set up and soldering of the tone pot. Darn thing is made in China, so what do you expect? That's what you get for the low, low price. Low, low quality.
    Good value but expect to spend more to make it right after you buy it.

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    5.0

    Great sounds, great value

    By fretless in gaza

    from southeast michigan

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        For years I lusted after a 12-string Ric like ROger McGuinn, George Harrison and many other of my favorite 60s guitarists played. I finally bought a 330-12, and after 5 years I was tired of slicing my fingers to bits when I restrung it, the impossibility of getting it properly intonated, and the downright cheap details, like suspending pickups on foam rubber that brook down. I actually sold it at a profit, because Ric prices keep going up.

        Then I found one of these reissue Danelectros at my local music retailer, and after playing it in the store for half an hour I realized I had to take it with me. It's better built than the original Danelectros, the sound is every bit as authentically 60s as a Ric, it's much easier to string, and thanks to a clever bridge design it can be perfectly intonated. At the asking price- about a fifth of what a 330-12 goes for- it's an absolute steal, too. Five stars for value.

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        4.0

        Nice sounding axe

        By Bill B

        from Red Banks, MS

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Very Economical

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        Sounds particularly nice thru a Vox AC30 all tube amp

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        5.0

        In the jingle jangle morning

        By TomJ

        from Vancouver

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy to play
        • Fast neck
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Looks great
        • Quality construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • 60's Sound Ie Byrds
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small gigs

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is made in Korea and the truss rod adjustment is at the nut. I have seen some reviews of the same guitar manufactured in China, don't know the diff except the truss rod adjustment is harder to get at for the made in China ones. The quality is unbelievable for the price and is an incredible value for the price. I have not done the intonation yet but after tuning it up, it plays great and sounds good. Add a bit of compression for a great vintage jangle right out of the 60's . The tuners could be a bit better but you gotta keep the price in mind, they work fine but compared to my USA Strat and Gibson not the same quality. The neck action is low making the guitar very easy to play. I actually cannot believe you can buy a guitar of this quality for the price it sells at!

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          4.0

          Excellent Value, Odd Asthetics

          By LA Ray

          from The Keystone State

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Bridge

          Cons

          • Plastic Lamenate Body
          • Spongy Pickguard
          • Tape Edge Binding

          Best Uses

          • Beginners
          • Recording

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          Factory intonation set correctly. Very slight fret buzz corrected by raising saddles a bit. Tuning keys are good - I was worried about that - but not the top-of-the-line. It holds tune well unless you play it brutally. Excellent bridge design. Pickups are good but not top-shelf. Plays like butter with XL strings. Factory strings are not top-shelf. This guitar is an excellent value, better in quality than a Mexican made Fender with better hardware. For me, the only real objections are the construction materials and style, however, since Jimmie Page had a six string Danelectro of the same design, it must be good enough for the likes of me. The jangly tone is absolutely 60's authentic to my ear.

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          4.0

          nice for the price

          By ralph150

          from toledo ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Electronics Are Iffy
          • Selector Switch

          Best Uses

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            nicely set-up,low action intonation was good only needed to adjust the octave g string,not balanced very well neck heavy on strap....looks cheap ,sounds great keeps my rick at home and safe

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great for the money

            By rexx28

            from Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            The Guitar came with a bad pickup, but the neck was so awesome I contacted customer service and they refunded some of the money which made the deal sweet. I replaced the cheap Danelectro selector swicth and the bad pickup and this guitar rocks for a 12 string!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I love this guitar so much

            By The Zoots

            from London, England

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Ideal For 1960s Band
            • Reliable
            • Retro
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • Doesn't Fit In All Cases

            Best Uses

            • 1960s Shows
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            I use DC59 for a 1960s show The Zoots shows. Everyone tells me how cool it looks. It is one of the cheapest guitars I've bought since I've been touring but I have used it more than any other instrument. Long live Danelectro! Jamie Goddard, The Zoots

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Superb Item.... Fantastic Shipping!

            By Tom G

            from New York, NY

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

              An excellent electric 12 String for the price - - you can't beat it!

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Jingle Jangle On A Budget

              By Rockabillybob

              from Iowa

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little adjustment. The lipstick tube style pickups deliver the jangle you expect from an electric 12 string and they seem to be fairly high gain. I had to turn my Gretsch Playboy amp down a little from the setting I normally run it in order to turn the guitar volume up just a third of the way. These pickups are loud. I really like the wide neck. It's much easier to play than the Rickenbacker 12 string I used to have. I also like the simplicity of one tone knob and one volume knob. Danelectro guitars of the 50's/60's were cheaply made masonite wonders with lipstick tubes as pickup covers, unique tone and a low price. Thankfully, some things don't change. Plug this in and the jingle-jangle will lead you right into the sonic realms of The Byrds and The Beatles.

                Comment on this review

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A fine guitar

                By Magic Twanger

                from The corn

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Excellent Bridge
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good looking
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Neck Width
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                Bought this used from MF, shipped fast, well packed. Guitar was in excellent condition, better than I expected.
                Put a set of D'Addario's on and spent some time setting intonation, Bridge works flawlessly. A very good design, but requires a steady hand with the tiny octave string saddles.
                I have had a '67 Rick 12 and a '68 Gibson ES335/12, neither of which had a 12 saddle bridge. The perfect intonation of the Danelectro is a revelation!
                My guitar is made in Korea and has the trussrod adjustment at the headstock. Nice, but so far have not needed to adjust.
                Played a gig on it already through a vintage Marshall, love the pickups.
                I have played vintage Danos before, and this on captures the vibe while addressing the shortcomings very well.

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