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Danelectro Dano Pro Electric Guitar

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The Dano Pro Electric Guitar is a first-ever reissue based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-'60s. Just because thi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Reissue retains retro vibe with classic car colors and lipstick pickups.

The Dano Pro Electric Guitar is a first-ever reissue based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-'60s. Just because this guitar is inexpensive and a tad outr doesn't mean it's not a serious instrument. The Dano Pro guitar features professional-level playability, intonation, and electronics. The Dano Pro is an instrument that will withstand the rigors of the road and continuous stage work in addition to inviting curious glances and knowing nods of approval.

The Dano Pro guitar comes in finishes inspired by classic car colors of the day and have zero gloss, which helps convey the retro vibe. The glossless colors, angular pickguard, lipstick pickups, ridged knobs, and vertical headstock logo all help to create the immediate impression that this is an instrument from another time.

The body is a funky offset rectangle, and features the familiar plastic tape that runs around the edge of the guitar. Originally, this was to hide the seam in the two-piece body construction. Modern Dano's are not made using this clamshell method anymore, but the tape remains, as it is such a distinctive part of the look. The tape is affixed using a self-adhesive, and is aged with a shellac to give it a slightly brown-streaked or discolored look which adds to the vintage vibe. The pressed-particle pickguard is covered in the same material and cut precisely to fit.

The Alnico pickups are the lipstick variety, and have the same design as the ones that appeared in the '50s, when actual lipstick tubes (purchased from cosmetics makers) were used to house the electronics. One modern improvement is the bridge, which, on the reissue, is capable of being intonated.

Also an improvement over the original is the tuners, which are die cast and hold the tuning well. The nut is made of aluminum and contributes to the twanginess and uniqueness of tone that the Dano's were known for. In addition to sitting in a nut slot, the nut itself is screwed into the top edge of the fingerboard.

The playability is one of the most impressive aspects of this guitar” the action is low enough for velocity playing, yet was buzz-free on every fret. The neck is not speed-demon shallow, but its depth adds to the sustain, tone, and general feeling of substance.

The Dano Pro's pickups are bright and sparkly, but not shrill. The manufacturer reports that the 2007 reissue features a warmer wind on the pickups, which increases the output and provides a less high-endy tone. The jangly pickups and aluminum nut work well when playing open-position chords and single lines. Very versatile is the neck pickup”mellow and strong but not dull, perhaps due to the extra windings and its placement midway down the string length. The three-position switch and volume and tone knobs are rugged and stand up well to aggressive swiping and twisting.

Aside from being a definite conversation starter, the Dano Pro is a quality, low-priced instrument. It would be great as a second guitar, set up for a particularly twangy sound (owing to the pickup quality and the aluminum nut, which sounds particularly good when using open-string chords), or for slide. Or it would be good for a rhythm-playing front person, especially if your band plays retro or neo, jangle, pop, or surf music.

FEATURES
  • Body: Offset rectangle masonite/plywood
  • Top Wood: Masonite
  • Scale: 25"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on
  • Neck Wood: Maple with double acting truss rod
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Frets: 21
  • Nut: 1.65"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Bridge: 6 saddle adjustable
  • Pickup Bridge: Lipstick, single coil
  • Pickup Neck: Lipstick, single coil
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone
  • Tuners: 3 on a side, sealed
  • Harware: Nickel
  • Pickup selector: 3-way toggle
  • Finish: Matte
  • Upgraded pickups, hardware and finish.
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4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Really fun guitar

I found this guitar to be really awesome. Its very unique. It has a really cool sound to it. I also like how it's smaller and lighter making it less of a chore...Read complete review

I found this guitar to be really awesome. Its very unique. It has a really cool sound to it. I also like how it's smaller and lighter making it less of a chore to play on. The only negerives to this guitar would be that the no cut away makes it harder to do any solos, and it goes out of tune easier than what I'm use to. Not a big deal though. I'm definitely keeping this guitar forever, and would be very comfortable playing it during shows.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fun and funky - sounds great!

Fun little guitar. Gets a lot of comments at open jams when I pull this 'toy' electric out and play it for real (well, as best as I can). The pickups...Read complete review

Fun little guitar. Gets a lot of comments at open jams when I pull this 'toy' electric out and play it for real (well, as best as I can). The pickups are this guitars strong point. Very jangly and bright without being piercing. The neck p/u is (obviously) warmer and when combined it doubles the output. A kind a 'nasaly' tone because of the thin masonite top and hollow design. Unique. Remoids me of a Tele Thinline with weaker output. Super lightweight. I love the low-gloss finish and the 'poor mans' relicing on the pickguard and seam tape. The biggest drawback (and read and BELIEVE it) is that the guitars neck is unplayable past fret 13. The neck joins the unconventional guitar body shape at the 13th fret, and leaves frets 13-19 totally unusable. Ya just can't reach 'em. Don't expect to play anything (chords, scales, etc) past the 12th fret. Unless you intend on using this for a slide guitar, it's main appeal is it's funky retro look, great lipstick p/u tone and incredible lightweight. If you want a 'serious toy' and want the Danelectro retro vibe, get the DC59. Overall, fun and funky appeal, cool colors, lightweight, great tone but more of a conversation piece for open jams.

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5.0

awesome!!

By ToneMeister-8uYyi

from eastern shore, md

I'll start with my only complaint. You can't play past the 15th fret due to the body design. However I knew that when I bought the guitar and actually chose it for the body style, so I'm not really complaining. My criteria for guitars are(in order) tone, feel and playability, and then, least important, looks. This guitar comes through in spades. For those of you who think a guitar has to be expensive to be good(you're probably not reading this anyway), the joke's on you. I've owned a PRS CE and Les Paul custom and neither played as well or sounded as good as this. As far as durability, I haven't had it long enough to judge, but it feels as solid as anything I've played. In short, try one and you'll be sold. Be a shepherd, not a sheep.

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3.0

Fun and funky - sounds great!

By VivaLaLeo

from Milwaukee, WI

Fun little guitar. Gets a lot of comments at open jams when I pull this 'toy' electric out and play it for real (well, as best as I can). The pickups are this guitars strong point. Very jangly and bright without being piercing. The neck p/u is (obviously) warmer and when combined it doubles the output. A kind a 'nasaly' tone because of the thin masonite top and hollow design. Unique. Remoids me of a Tele Thinline with weaker output. Super lightweight. I love the low-gloss finish and the 'poor mans' relicing on the pickguard and seam tape. The biggest drawback (and read and BELIEVE it) is that the guitars neck is unplayable past fret 13. The neck joins the unconventional guitar body shape at the 13th fret, and leaves frets 13-19 totally unusable. Ya just can't reach 'em. Don't expect to play anything (chords, scales, etc) past the 12th fret. Unless you intend on using this for a slide guitar, it's main appeal is it's funky retro look, great lipstick p/u tone and incredible lightweight. If you want a 'serious toy' and want the Danelectro retro vibe, get the DC59. Overall, fun and funky appeal, cool colors, lightweight, great tone but more of a conversation piece for open jams.

 
4.0

Really fun guitar

By Keenan

from Edmonton

Pros

  • Feels good
  • Fun
  • Lightweight
  • Looks awesome
  • Sounds great

Cons

  • Goes out of tune easily sometimes
  • No cutaway

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    I found this guitar to be really awesome. Its very unique. It has a really cool sound to it. I also like how it's smaller and lighter making it less of a chore to play on. The only negerives to this guitar would be that the no cut away makes it harder to do any solos, and it goes out of tune easier than what I'm use to. Not a big deal though. I'm definitely keeping this guitar forever, and would be very comfortable playing it during shows.

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    5.0

    A Better Dano!

    By Mick Blowe

    from Chicago, Il

    When the Dano name was resurrected 8 or 9 years ago, I was tempted to buy one, mainly because they were so affordable, but I'm glad I waited- these ones have much better pickups, much better hardware, and a wider range of nifty colors- which matters too! They're still quite affordable, and closer to the original ones from the 60's. Well done!

     
    5.0

    Dano Pro: Cool little box.

    By hendrixisthebest

    from Temecula, CA

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    This is a great little guitar for the money, the sound alone is worth it. Only two gripes: the tuners are very cheap, I suggest upgrading to Schallers; and the cavity-guard in the back is loose and it shakes around, you'll have to tape it down. Thats it really. Great sound, and it looks fantastic. I might even buy another.

     
    5.0

    Nice retro comeback

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Very nice instrument indeed, love the retro look I have the tan. I preordered right away. All the colors are very very cool, good luck choosing one.... The lipstick pu's sound great. Big clean and loud also thanks to the metal nut. The neck plays fast right out of the box. I can get a great slide sound and distortion and clean. Good for all kinds of music styles from Zep to Elvis. Volume knob is very cheap, no control! I hate that but its a small part to replace. I don't know why this Co. is cutting corners on the Vol pot..... Besides that its a great sounding well made guitar can't go wrong with the price. Nice change from all the other guitarmakers.

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar for the money!

    By Strat-man36

    from Dayton, TN

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    I needed a guitar to set up for slide playing only and the price of this was right. I liked the looks however I was a bit skeptical of the quality. Man was I wrong. This guitar is awesome! What a steal! The pick-ups are mellow and with a bit of distortion sound great for slide. I only down graded because the features lack a 3rd pick-up and a tremolo. What do you expect for $$$. Awesome deal on a great little guitar!

     
    4.0

    Great Value...

    By bman

    from Dracut, MA

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    The only 2 complaints-the "binding" tape is poorly applied and the neck/body joint at the 14th fret. I knew about the neck/body joint, but was still unprepared for the fact that you CANNOT play past fret 12. The binding needs a little glue. Now the good stuff-this guitar has a unique sound. A ton of presence and personality. Came set-up nicely right out of the box. Great for slide, chicken pickin, blues, etc. Other comments on the quality of the pots and switches are noted. They are cheap and need to be replaced, especially if you were to gig with this guitar. Overall, quite acceptable...

     
    4.0

    Can't beat it for the cash

    By MtnSt8-PVHRK

    from Charleston, WV

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    Bought one of these last month. Thought it would just be a funky looking thing to pick around on at home. I'm playing it regularly though. The quality for the money is suprising. The sound is good. Action is nice. I did open the back to look inside and sawdust fell out. That was...interesting. I got mine on the cheap because it had a ding from the factory but at 250 it's still a pretty good deal.

     
    5.0

    wow, I didn't see it coming

    By Fast fingered Clown

    from In a van down by the river

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    I needed a guitar that would go from hillbilly music to Zakk Wylde and this dude nails it. I got the peach colored model and it almost made my cry it looked so heavenly. All I did was put on some Fender bullet 9' gauge strings and my leather jacket and started rocking through my First Act v-stack amp. Watch out Zakk, you are gonna be looking for a job!

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