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Danelectro Dano 63 Electric Guitar

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The Dano 63 is a remake of the original '63 electric guitar that launched a thousand garage bands and more than a few pro careers. The body construct...Click To Read More About This Product

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Retro love: Sound, looks, feel, price.

The Dano 63 is a remake of the original '63 electric guitar that launched a thousand garage bands and more than a few pro careers. The body construction is just like the original with a hardboard top and bottom laminated to a plywood frame. The hollow inner chamber produces the resonance that is part of Danelectro's unique tone.The '60s era lipstick pickups have been replicated to be hot, sweet, and to sound just right. The bridge and tuners are fully upgraded. Zero-gloss nickel hardware accents the cool retro colors. A blast!

FEATURES
  • Body Type: Solid with hollow inner chamber
  • Body Wood: Plywood
  • Top wood: Pressed wood
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt on
  • Neck Wood: Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: C-shape
  • Frets: 19
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Bridge: Brass adjustable
  • Pickup Bridge: Lipstick
  • Pickup Middle: None
  • Pickup Neck: Lipstick
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup selector
  • Tuners: Enclosed
  • Hardware color: Matte Nickel
  • Pickup selector: 3-way
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4.8

(based on 20 reviews)

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Value

By Mature Bass Guy

from Buffalo NY

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I bought this for my 81 year old mother. She has been having a problem playing the acoustic guitar she bought last year because it is too thick and it hurts her arthritis. This little Dano is perfect. It is thin and light. I thought it was really cool to get her a Dano, almost the same guitar she bought me back in 1967 when I was 15 years old playing in a local garage band. She's having fun with it at the seniors center. Keep on rockin Mom!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nostalgic

By old picker-aquUP

from west virginia

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Originally I bought the 63 re-issue Danelectro just because I had an original when I had a garage band in high school. I'm 64 and have some other guitars which are top of the line, so I didn't expect much. This is quantum leaps ahead of the original. Played great right of the box. The fit is sensational, as I like the smallness of it. The pickups really have a range that the original simply didn't have. Great highs, and lots of crunch on distortion. The tuners are much nicer and overall this is a lot of bang for the buck. I know guitars, and I'm very impressed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

goldalectro

By squishthefly.666

from new york

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this is my 1st electric guitar. if u get it u will love it-it needs 2 be tuned frequentley,but my other guitarsneed to be even more.im only 11,but i have a band called the memex.the guitar isa real addition.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Danelectro Dano '63

By Stratmaster96

from Chester, CT

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I received this guitar about 11 mos. ago, and I like it a lot. The lipstick p-ups have been upgraded, as they have used better metal/more turns of wire. The reason I am giving it a 4 for features as it seems to lack an adjustable truss rod. I am not positive, but I think it has a permanently set square/triangular one. However, that doesn't really matter to me and I simply adjusted the bridge and the action was fine. I got this as a backup guitar to my Highway 1 Strat, but man, it is better than I expected. The p-ups actually have more output than my Strat(!) They have a nice hollow sound when played clean, and the best tone is when you use a slight bit of overdrive, then it is very bluesy out of my Marshall AVT 50. Currently it is discontinued, but Danelectro, in my opinion, should continue production of this guitar.

 
5.0

It could be the amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

So I'm looking into purchasing the Dano 63 reissue. I have done a good bit of research and listened to various you tube recordings using different Danelecto instruments. I have heard a variety of sounds which have nothing to do with the guitar itself. One that I particularly liked was played through a Fender Champion 600 Tube Amp. It's a small 5W 1x6 Combo, but the Danelectro '59 sounded so sweet through this thing. It looked like the guy had it plugged straight into the amp, so that there weren't any pedals involved. That is the exact set-up I am thinking about buying. I play acoustic guitar and drums, so this is my first venture into purchasing an electric instrument. It seems to me that you not only have to get the right guitar, but also the right amp to compliment it.

 
5.0

I compare to Silvertone original

By EZ Rider JPL

from Houston area

I have an original Sears 1964 Silvertone model 1457 I purchased new, and closely compared the two. This retro remake is as good, maybe better. The bridge is now adjustable per string. The output jack is now on the side in a much better location. The lipstick pickups sound just as sweet. And now the back has an access cover which improves any electrical adjustments or service. I wish the pots would have been separate and concentric as the original, but the tuners are better made and in a better location. The low gloss finish keeps from showing scratches on the pickguard and the other metal surfaces. Even the 19 frets are ok since you can make an octave+ on a bar-cord slide. I am so glad I bought the retro. It rocks!!

 
4.0

you can't go wrong

By HELP IM STUCK IN A REVIEW FACTORY

from Houston, TX

Excellent tone! The stock pickups sound great and the neck is very comfortable. Since the body is hollow, it's very lightweight too. Overall, I'm very pleased with this guitar, it really stands out from the ocean of strats and les pauls that you see everywhere.

 
4.0

I want to love it, but I can't.

By deepfryerdan

from Indianapolis, IN

Upon receiving the guitar I was really excited. It looks great, good vintage look with a modern feel. The frets on the neck need a little filing to be completely flush on the underside of the neck, but that's all with construction. As for the sound, it is very limited. This guitar sounds amazing clean but it is not versatile at all. Distortion and overdrive effects sound muddy in any combination. Regardless, the clean sound is so good that I cannot give this guitar up.

 
5.0

worth the price

By oldschool58

from Undisclosed

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I have been playing this particular Dano going on two weeks. The lipstick pickups are truly a surprise..very powerful and remarkable. The weight of the guitar is very minimal and the sound is remarkable. This Dano truly remarkable and above all its just fun to play..no wonder those who played the Dano's ended up with fun music.

 
5.0

A Blast from the Past

By GitarBob

from Memphis, TN

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Awesome reissue! Just downright FUN to play! Not a top-of-the-line guitar, but great tone and playability. Super Light (like all the Dano's) so even old folks like me can stand and play this for awhile without a backache. The sound/tone is a blast too ... truly a unique electric guitar.

 
4.0

Wicked Decent

By Felixbriar7

from Johnson City, TN

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As with all Dano's, this guitar has one of the best clean sounds you can find. Very bright and jangly, yet I played mine on a Fender Hot Rod, with a lot of bass and it has a nice bluesy tone. The cutaways are also nice, allowing access to higher frets. However, this guitar does not handle distortion very well, it actually sounds dull. The action was set very high, the neck is slightly boughed, and the volume and tone knobs needed to be tightened. All in all, a great slide guitar or for playing a clean, Strokes type sound.

 
5.0

Danelectro '63

By Sarg

from Alabama

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I picked up my '63 Dano(black) just to have something different to play. I thought I would play it a few times then trade it off. Not this one. Its SO cool. It looks,plays,feels,and sounds like its would cost WAY more. I play mine through a Traynor 50 Blue and it just sings. I love the blues tone the two produce. I cant put it down. This is my first Danelectro and im already hooked! Get yours before they are gone.

 
5.0

Wow, wow, wow...

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had it a couple weeks and I love it. The guitar came in perfect condition, does not look or feel cheap at all. Feels like a brand new vintage guitar. I put .011's on it and play slide in opne D, it tears your head off. My bandmates literally looked up at me like WTH when I hit the first note on it. Stays in tune great and has awesome tone. The action was quite high, but for slide it was great. If I played it fingerstyle I'd probably have the nut shaved a bit, don't know how that works, it being brass and all, but the tone and look of this guitar (mine is burgandy) is wonderful! I'm gonna' get each new reissue as they come out. I want one for fingerstyle too. You will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR! BEST AROUND FOR THE PRICE!

By andrenighthound

from new york city

As always, you will always need a good amp for any guitar. that being said, this guitar is as good as any other electric 1000 dollar guitar out there. As i go by a few things to determine that: Sound, playability, and feel. It sounds great, the pickups sound really nice! It has a great feel to it; nice chunky neck, and it stays in tune fairly well. Very light which is a bonus, and it also looks great! the frets are good and so is the metal nut. The only thing needed to do was to adjust the truss rod which i usually wind up doing to any of the guitars i owned no matter how much they cost. With lower priced guitars i buy, i usually wind up gutting it out and changing everything like the tuners, nut, and pickups. Well not on this guitar!Good luck getting one because they usually get sold out quick!

 
4.0

Dano lots of fun-o!

By Tiger with the Shiny Lapel Trio

from Connecticut

What a fun little guitar! I'm a huge Silvertone/Danelctro fan.I own a 58 Silvertone U1 and a 68 Harmony Rocket so I understand the problems that come with owning the older, vintage models from this family of guitar makers. My reissue Dano 63 plays A LOT better than expected. The quality of the upgrades they've made with this guitar are really well thought out and make it worth ever penny that it cost me. It's not a strat or a tele or a les paul,it's a super hot little two trick pony and the lipstick PUs sound fabulous if you know how to use them. You get two things with the new Dano; a great clean sound and a killer natural tube sound. I play it plugged straight into a Fender HotRod Deville and it just screams!

 
5.0

Bargin for SURE

By Madmark

from NY

This is my 3rd Danelectro. The frets on mine need some work. They where sharp and I actually cut my finger. I simple file and it was fixed. But all in all I hope they continue reissue guitars and I will buy them

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Came great out of box

By No Daisies

from Mesa,AZ

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The guitar just came and it was set up great right out of the box. It was even almost in tune. I was suprised because I had played a few of these in the store and they were not set up well at all and had loose knobs. This one is beautiful and I can't put it down.

 
5.0

Good for everything

By Jimbo-7MGq3

from Michigan

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I bought one of these used from this site(buy all my toys here)and I LOVE IT!The clean is clean and distorted this thing screams.I use an old gorilla amp with a Digitech RP50 fx pedal and can get any sound from B.B. King to Slayer.Light and fun to play.This guitar is no joke.

 
5.0

Book 'em, Dano!

By Stratomaster T

from Kansas City

The '63 is the second Danelectro I own, with the first being the Dano Pro. Both guitars are mechanically identical, but the '63 allows much greater access to the upper frets due to the double cutaways.This guitar is a great value for the money. The lipstick tube pickups offer a sound different than many guitars, great for 60's music but also respond well to distortion. With a good amplifier, this guitar can be amazing.The standard finish is deliberately antiqued, having a washed-out and faded appearance. But don't worry. With some elbow grease and car polish buffing, you will have a bright and shiny new-looking guitar.I own 28 guitars and the Danelectros are among the favorites--even over much higher priced instruments.

 
5.0

Something Different

By Exoticmusic

from CA

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This guitar is like no other guitar on the market! It looks and feels like a guitar from 1963. Great sound, just needed some adjustments to the bridge, but thats pretty much all. The strap knobs are in a weird place so you either have to cut your strap a bit or get a different kind, but thats okay with me. Great value, light weight and durable. The pick guard is very thick and does not show any scratches as far as I can see. Great guitar I recommend buying this guitar if you are in to oldies.

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