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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. Its 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
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Laminated
  • Body finish: Matte
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Truss rod: Dual-action
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: Not specified
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Lipstick
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Lipstick
  • Brand: Danelectro
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 12-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China

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Danelectro12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 76 reviews)

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    (49)

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    (24)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (54)
  • Fun to play (53)
  • Good tone (53)
  • Good pick up (36)
  • Solid electronics (24)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (41)
  • Practicing (40)
  • Recording (39)
  • Rock concerts (26)
  • Small venues (25)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (24), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Superb Electric 12 String Guitar

I cannot believe how much I am enjoying this guitar. Out of the box, tuned it up and, was playing, this usually is not the norm. I will usually do some setup...Read complete review

I cannot believe how much I am enjoying this guitar. Out of the box, tuned it up and, was playing, this usually is not the norm. I will usually do some setup whether it is action, intonation, truss rod but, it was not necessary. The frets looked they were polished and, no sharp edges! The bridge on this Dano is really an well thought out piece of engineering along with the metal nut instead of plastic. D'Addario strings were installed on this which are my favorite. Neck is very comfortable and, easy to play, excellent sound through any amp with very little tweaking of EQ, very impressive! When it comes time to change strings I can see it will be a breeze. Changing strings on a Rick is a nightmare! Gotoh tuners hold tune and are very easy to get to. Great looking retro styling, above average workmanship. The only thing that I can find to detract from this instrument and, it is VERY slight are the volume and, tone pots. There is not much of a taper from off to full on but, like I stated earlier really no big deal. The three position switch seems to be of decent quality, no problems here. The Musicians Gear regular electric hard shell molded case is a perfect fit for this instrument. Ever since I had seen the Beatles and, the Byrds I wanted an electric 12 string but, I soon found out that a Rickenbacker was out of my price range. Well this little jewel is 5 times less expensive and, the true 12 string jangle sounds are definately there. i'm Lovin' it!

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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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(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little 12 string.

By Stratofreaker

from Pasadena, TX

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    I used to have a Gibson EDS1275 doubleneck and loved it. But as I got older it was just too heavy to play for an extended period of time. So, I sold it.

    That was a few years ago and since then there have been times that I needed a 12 string. After looking around I decided that 2k for 2 maybe 3 songs per gig was too much to spend. Last week I noticed this Danelectro on sale at Musician's Friend. There were 61 reviews, all glowing. So I decided that it was worth a gamble and ordered it. It only took 4 days to get here. From the moment I played the intro to "Listen To Her Heart," I fell in love with this guitar. The action's MUCH better than my old Gibby. And the intonation was perfect all the way up the neck. Even that pesky "G" string was in tune. The reason, separate adjustable bridge pieces for each individual string. I don't know of any other manufacturer that offers this innovation.

    If you need 12 string jangle, but don't have a lot of jingle, this is the one. Tom Petty, he's in there. The Beatles, oh yeah. The Byrds, gotcha covered.

    (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Really more of a kit than a guitar

    By Cape Hall

    from Detroit

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric 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 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.

    (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not perfect, but for the price....

    By Al

    from Monterey, CA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Awesome Bridge
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Sounds Great

    Cons

    • Electronics Marginal
    • Needed Setup

    Best Uses

    • Janglin'

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    OK...what do you expect for this price? It's not perfect, but with a little work, this turned into a VERY playable guitar.

    For as much as I use a 12 string I wasn't going to buy a Ric. All I had to do was gently file a small amount of the aluminum nut for the fundamental low E to sit where it should, adjust the truss rod, string height and set the intonation.

    The volume and tone controls are pretty much like On/Off switches...doesn't really matter, as it sounds good wide open. Individually the pickups are weak, but strong in the middle position. Middle it is. Pickup selector switch is cheap and it is touchy going to bridge, but it's staying in the middle, so who cares? Meh...I might/might not change it out.

    The bridge is an engineering marvel. Six strings go through the body like a Tele and six go straight through the bridge...no bunched-up double pairs of string ball-ends. Each string is adjustable for height and length. It is VERY well thought out.

    Despite these small issues, the guitar sounds really good and plays very well. Action ended up being great and I am very happy with the Dano 12.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Electric 12 String Guitar

    By terrygh1949

    from Kansas

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

    • Balanced
    • Excellent Workmanship
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Gigs
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    I cannot believe how much I am enjoying this guitar. Out of the box, tuned it up and, was playing, this usually is not the norm. I will usually do some setup whether it is action, intonation, truss rod but, it was not necessary. The frets looked they were polished and, no sharp edges! The bridge on this Dano is really an well thought out piece of engineering along with the metal nut instead of plastic. D'Addario strings were installed on this which are my favorite. Neck is very comfortable and, easy to play, excellent sound through any amp with very little tweaking of EQ, very impressive! When it comes time to change strings I can see it will be a breeze. Changing strings on a Rick is a nightmare! Gotoh tuners hold tune and are very easy to get to. Great looking retro styling, above average workmanship. The only thing that I can find to detract from this instrument and, it is VERY slight are the volume and, tone pots. There is not much of a taper from off to full on but, like I stated earlier really no big deal. The three position switch seems to be of decent quality, no problems here. The Musicians Gear regular electric hard shell molded case is a perfect fit for this instrument. Ever since I had seen the Beatles and, the Byrds I wanted an electric 12 string but, I soon found out that a Rickenbacker was out of my price range. Well this little jewel is 5 times less expensive and, the true 12 string jangle sounds are definately there. i'm Lovin' it!

    (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    No Frills 12 stringer

    By Rickwilli

    from Dallas, TX

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    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    The price is where this things wins. Add a little elbow grease, you got yourself a functioning 12 string.
    Its your basic no frills Dano. Absolutely nothing to get excited about. I bought it knowing all this, since this is a twelve string that will never get the same hours of use as my 6 string Strat. I couldn't see paying a lot for a guitar that will mostly hang on a wall.
    There were some quality issues here right out of the box. The toggle switch was put on backwards, which prompted me to remove the pickguard and just flip the switch around. Easy fix, but I notice that the pickguard must've been reinstalled twice as I noticed multiple holes on the body for the pickguard screws.

    The neck was really bowed making the action about a 1/4 off the boards. At first I thought there was no truss rod adjustment on this, but luckily there was. One must remove the neck to access the truss rod. How can you make accurate adjustments when the neck is off? Bad design!

    Intonation? I don't think they even knew what that was.
    Anyway, I broke a string while intonating this becasue it was so way off the mark. I suggest loosening the strings to avoid breakage.

    After all that...it seems to be a good guitar for the price. It actually sounds good, really janggly. it will work for my purposes.

    The bridge seems to be an upgraded version.
    The finish was good, however the bridge satin finish seems to scratch rather easily. You can see the saddles scratch it pretty good after intonating it.
    This is probably the cheapest electric 12-string out there.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A fine guitar

    By Magic Twanger

    from The corn

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    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.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Danelectro DC 12 string

    By dave42

    from central Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Great look

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I have had a few Danos. Mostly U2 and '59DC guitars. I found this guitar on sale so I bought one from MF. It arrived pretty well setup. A little tweaking on the intonation, a couple of string's height, adjusting pickup height, and after the high G string broke from barely touching the tuner, I took the strings off and cleaned the whole guitar and put new strings on it. Hint...Buy new strings for it when you buy it.

      I plugged it in and was totally amazed at the tone! And the playability is fantastic. The volume knob doesn't seem to have much effect. As stated in another review it is more of an off/on control. Doesn't act smoothly.

      The guitar pictured on MF is not correct. The headstock in the MF picture has what looks like a bite out of it. Something from the 'Pro' guitars they offered in the past. The guitar I received has the more traditional Coke bottle shape and top to it, of which I prefer.

      Another item about the pictures on MF. It doesn't show the adjustable trussrod cover on the headstock that is there now. Again, I prefer that feature. Much easier to service, if needed.

      Overall, for the money spent, the tone, the looks, and playability are more than worth the price I payed for it. If you are thinking about adding a little Byrds/Tom Petty/REM jangle to your guitar collection, get this!

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar after a little work

      By Nossralnaj

      from Stockholm, Sweden

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Neck Feels Great
      • Unique sound

      Cons

      • Bad Tuners
      • Poor setup

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      You know the price and the value is extraordinary. The workmanship is alright, it has a classic look in it's own way. The neck really feels great. Weight, balance and sustain is OK and the bell-like sound has charm in it's own characteristic way. Great if that is what you want but it can be tamed with a compressor, limiter or other effects to get a more even sound that fits well in a mix.
      After a setup I was able to do myself it became a great guitar. The frets needed a little leveling because a few frets were a bit high. The bridge works really well and I was able to get the guitar well intonated.
      BUT: Keeping a 12-string in tune is hard. And these tuners are not good enough in my opinion. They look good and feels OK but they does not keep the strings in tune. I really was not sure if it was the tuners or the neck or something else that was the problem but I changed the tuners to original Klusons. A lot of money on a lowbudget guitar but now the guitar works perfectly!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Affordable Alternative To A Ric

      By JasperDyne

      from South Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great "chimey" Sound
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Tuners Feel A Bit Sloppy

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Great retro feel, but not cheap-looking.

      Setup was pretty good and tuning was in the ballpark right out of the box. All this guitar needed was a quick tuning (sanity saving shortcut for 12-strings: start from the Gs and work to high E, then do the lows) and I was playing R.E.M. and Byrds within a few minutes.

      The tuners themselves are closed, chrome tuners of nondescript branding, as opposed to earlier versions of this guitar which used the open-back tuners. They are geared pretty loose, so you have to work them a bit to be precise, but that's a minor quibble and the only tiny flaw in an otherwise delightful package.

      The rest of the fit and finish is great—bolt-on neck is straight and true. The body is glossy piano black with a funky white pickguard that's as thick as a door mat, but not out of character. It's got a cool, retro textured vinyl body binding that is mated tightly with solid seams. The mechanics and electronics are great for this price range and type of guitar. The metal nut is really cool, and the bridge is a work of engineering art. Mine seems pretty well intonated right out of the box.

      It's a good, solid, very affordable instrument. I'm having a blast with it—and to answer the perennial question: Yes, I'd be sad to lose it and would be buying another one if this were ever lost or stolen.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Dano 12 string

      By Dick Beamenderfer

      from Ohio

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Pick-ups great.
      I've owned this type guitar for 15 years and you can't get a better deal and sound at that price. Plays great and stays in tune, great tones. Good for playing Rolling Stones music. I use it more than a six string because of the different sounds it gives.
      Very dependable.
      No better deal for a 12 string.

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