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Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar  Black 

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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 lipstic...Read More

Available 07-06-2016

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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

Make your collection complete with this retro sounding 12-string. Order today.

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Danelectro12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (49)
  • Good feel (48)
  • Good tone (48)
  • Good pick up (32)
  • Solid electronics (21)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (38)
  • Practicing (36)
  • Recording (36)
  • Rock concerts (24)
  • Small venues (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (34), Professional musician (21), Novice (4)

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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5.0

Super Rad Guitar!

By Diego

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

Great guitar, great sound, my brother loves this guitar!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow! This guitar is great!

By Geno

from Mobile, AL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Light weight, great feel, good sounds when switching pickups

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Electric 12 String Guitar

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    By terrygh

    from Kansas

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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!

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome 12 string

    By John

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Light in weight
    • Looks Great too
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Any gig
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      I was please with the Dano sound and quality and was so glad not to have to deal with the traditional feedback issues of an acoustic 12 string but still get a nice chime sound.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what you want in a 12 string

      By Craig

      from Frederick, MD

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Writing

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        The set up is quite good and I haven't felt or heard the need to touch it or the strings. The sound is just glorious. I'm comparing this with an Epi double-neck which can be a bit muddy. The Dano has great sustain, it really rings out so you may find yourself actually turning the treble down for once. The pickups are louder than expected and just about perfect for the 12 string sound, you can really hear every string. The body looks to be entirely made of plastic with a fair amount of hollow-ness and yet it works in harmony to add a certain resonance. The unplugged sound is better than expected as a result. The rosewood fretboard is flawless with a really nice finish and is a good bit thicker than others and adds a certain feel to the neck which feels very smooth with no sharp edges. It is indeed neck heavy as has been noted here already, but a traditional acoustic strap that ties around near the nut solves that issue. The nut itself is made out of metal and adds it's own unique tone. It all adds up to a very pleasing experience. It's exactly what you want from a 12 string, totally recommended and well worth it.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Happy

        By Chris

        from undisclosed

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I've had this for a while now and am happy with it. I haven't even bothered to do a setup on it because it played fine out of the box. One string sounded dead, but a slight adjustment corrected that. I'm not sure what it was. Possibly the smaller bridge saddle was not tightened up all the way.

          I have been playing it in a band now and it really gets a nice 12 string sound. I'm not sure a Rick would be much better.

          My only complaints:

          The bridge pickup sounds good in certain situations such as recording where you can eq and mix it correctly, but the volume of the bridge pickup is lower and thinner than the other pickups so it doesnt work live. This is ok because the middle position sounds fabulous and I thats good enough for me.

          The pickup switch seems like it's not going to last. It hasnt failed yet, but it is loose and cuts out if you bump it. It doesnt feel solid and reliable like a nice Gibson switch or other high quality switches.

          They apparently don't have a matching case. I like to have a matching case (Danelectro logo, etc). It is an odd shape and wont fit regular cases. It does fit the Musician's Gear Deluxe Electric Guitar Case Black. Although I had to add a piece of foam to the neck support so it wouldnt rest on the tuners, and it is not the best case to say the least, but for the price it is ok.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar for an excellent price.

          By Mr. Madness

          from Sewercuse, Zoo York

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            The best 12 string you will get for the money. Sounds great. I love playing this guitar. Get 1!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            This thng rocks!

            By Dad

            from Arklahoma

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

              I was on the fence for a long time about a 12 electric string guitar. I've had my Dano for 3 yrs now and wonder what took me so long. There were a few things needing tweeking(personal choices) as far as playability. The nut is aluminum and not cut very deep and strings will pop out of place under a heavy hand. So I put extra light strings and switched to a light pick. Adjusted the neck and intonation. The neck is chunky but not in a bad way, it's comfortable and easy to play. For me the pickups are the weak spot. I have a difficult time finding the right setting for my ears. While I don't want an ice pick in the ear, I don't want it too dull either. I want to try flatwound strings on it I think that might be the key to my personal tone. I've been playing since the late 70's and have owned more guitars than I can remember. I've narrowed my collection down to a few keepers and this one is definatly a keeper. I love playing this thing and it is my go to guitar for everything.

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              (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great little 12 string.

              By Stratofreaker

              from Pasadena, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              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.

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                (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A import masterpiece/

                By Stringman

                from Nashville, Tn

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • If Your A 'veteran' Axe M
                • Man You'll Know What A Va
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Anyplace You Want To 'rif

                  Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                  I've had "Ric's", Gib's, etc.etc.
                  This thing is crazy good low price included,
                  Over fed whiny, baby guitar wana-be's,need not
                  apply......

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