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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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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 81 reviews)

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    (24)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (58)
  • Good feel (58)
  • Good tone (58)
  • Good pick up (39)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (45)
  • Practicing (43)
  • Recording (42)
  • Rock concerts (28)
  • Small venues (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (39), 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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(16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Really more of a kit than a guitar

By Cape Hall

from Detroit

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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.

(14 of 14 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.

    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Electric 12 String Guitar

    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!

    (9 of 11 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.

    (8 of 12 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.

    (7 of 7 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.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Happy

    By Chris Mann

    from Dunlap TN

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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.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Danelectro DC 12 string

      By ohiod42

      from Ohio

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      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!

        (6 of 8 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!

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Affordable Alternative To A Ric

        By JasperDyne

        from South Jersey

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        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.

        (5 of 5 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.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What an amazing guitar

        By Grey Haired Punk

        from Sitka, AK

        About Me Professional Musician

        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:

          I'm in many different bands and this is an excellent 12 string guitar for any price. It has all of Danelectro's good traits (light build, good neck/action and the lipstick pickups) without the bad. (cheesy bridge) The bridge is an amazing piece of engineering, well thought out and adjustable. The heavy strings load through the body and the light ones anchor on the bridge. It played great right out of the box. This is a nice 12 string guitar. Pro tip: I found that the generic Road Runner soft flat case was an excellent fit. The neck heel is closer to the peghead than most guitars which determines what generic case will fit.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Exactly what you want in a 12 string

          By Craig Fields

          from MD

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          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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great guitar for an excellent price.

            By Mr. Madness

            from Sewercuse, Zoo York

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            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!

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This thng rocks!

              By Dad

              from Arklahoma

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              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.

                (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

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Jingle Jangle On A Budget

                By Rockabillybob

                from Missouri

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                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.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Electric-12 on a Budget

                  By Willis Gillis

                  from Long Valley, NJ

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                  Pros

                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Looks Great Easy To Play

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

                  Weighing in at about 5 lbs, this comfortable electric 12 brings the bang for the buck. The classic styling is dead on reminiscent of the 60's look with lipstick pick-ups and formal white on black color scheme. I was a little skeptical not knowing how this would feel or sound at first, but bought this guitar because when I was a kid my dad bought me the six string version of this guitar. This guitar is a beautiful reminder of those days gone by. Even better because it's new vintage.

                  But I was even more than pleasantly surprised when I strapped it on and began to play it. With its metal 1 3/4"nut width, this axe is comfortable to play from open to barre chords. The set up was great for the git-go. Great sustain also. Low action, and the tuners and bridge are updated for a wonderful "stays in tune" twelve string. The upgrade from it's 60's version is that the bridge and neck is adjustable if you need to tweak the action.

                  I actually gigged with this guitar the first day I got it, and recieved many complements on my newly acquired "Vintage 12." It sounds and looks great.

                  I've owned high-end 12 string (electric and acoustics) and found that this Danectro fills the bill. I strongly recommend this one to players who need an electric twelve but don't want to pay a ransom for it. A nice addition to a guitar players arsenal.

                  My only criticism was that the 3 way switch was a little noisy, but corrected that issue with a drop of 3 in 1 oil. Also that it does not come with a case, but it fits snugly in a case I use for my SG.

                  This one is a keeper...

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  12 string great deal

                  By El Lobo

                  from El Loco

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                  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:

                    i could not be more thrilled with this danelctro 12 string.....forget the ones from the 90's , these are the best..!..nice full super straight neck, truss rod adjust on headstock...good sounding pickup....great action super easy to play...good balance too,...i got mine on 15 off deal....icing on the cake , baby..!!!

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great fun, especially for price!

                    By lossleader

                    from Philly

                    About Me Experienced

                    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 wanted a 12 string to play around with, but was nervous about how cheap this one is. My fear were unfounded! This is at least as good or better than the $600+ 12 strings that are available. I was pretty sure this would be plenty good quality when I saw Yo La Tengo playing one on Letterman... if its good enough for those guys it is certainly good enough for me!

                      Setup from right out of the box was great! It has a great, jangly tone. (Make sure you pair this with a compressor pedal to really bring it to life, the difference is staggering!)

                      I would recommend waiting until Muscians Friend has one of their coupon deals (spend 300+ and get some money off) and then jump on this if you want a new toy to play with. Its a lot of fun!

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