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Danelectro Original Factory Spec 1959 Reissue Electric Guitar

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The Danelectro Original Factory Spec 1959 Reissue Electric Guitar faithfully reproduces the classic electric guitar manufactured from the mid '50s th...Click To Read More About This Product

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The first mail-order electric guitar for the masses.

The Danelectro Original Factory Spec 1959 Reissue Electric Guitar faithfully reproduces the classic electric guitar manufactured from the mid '50s through the late '60s and sold in popular mail-order catalogs. The double-cutaway guitar has a masonite and poplar body with textured tape edging.

The Danelectro guitars bolt-on poplar neck has a rosewood fretboard, and unique "bottle" shaped headstock with open-back 3 in-line tuners. Perhaps the most distinctive features of this guitar are its "lipstick" pickups”originally consisting of alnico bar magnets and copper wiring wrapped in brown tape and mounted in what were”in 1959”surplus chrome-plated, lipstick tubes.

The 1959 Danelectro guitar bridge had a metal base with notches that held the ball-end strings, and a rosewood saddle. Other features included white knobs on dual concentric tone and volume controls, a white "seal" pickguard, and a non-adjustable aluminum truss rod.

Body style: Double-cutaway 
Body material: Masonite/poplar
Neck: Bolt-on poplar
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Nut: Plastic
Truss rod: Non-adjustable, aluminum
Tuners: Open back, 3 in-line, white plastic keys
Pickups: Alnico lipstick
Controls: Dual/concentric tone and volume
Bridge/tailpiece: Notched metal base with a rosewood saddle
Pickguard: White "Seal"
Headstock: Bottle-shaped
Other: Original-style textured side edge tape

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Book 'em Dano!

By Rockabillybob

from Missouri

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The lipstick pickups have the sort of twang factor that would make most Telecasters jealous. The lipsticks are bright. You might need to roll off a little treble at the amp or on the guitar. I like twang! And the Danelectro Original Factory Spec 1959 Reissue has it in volumes. As a twang test, play the intro to "Folsom Prison Blues", "Secret Agent Man" or "Daytripper" on this Danelectro and then try to talk yourself out of buying one. The mojo is in the strings closest to your nose. Licks played on the E, A and D strings have a grit and twanginess (is that a word?) hard to find anywhere else. It's a simple layout too, with concentric knobs for tone and volume. I was lucky enough to get one of these during a Musician's Friend special sale. What a bargain! I thought the strings that came on the guitar felt a little light. I changed to an 11-49 set and it made a tremendous difference in keeping the guitar in tune and thickness in tone. Now, if it only had a Bigsby.


Awesome vintage fun

By SB79

from Cleveland, Oh

Awesome fun. Its not a Fender or Gibson. Its a Danelectro. Jimmy Page played one of these because it was the right tool for the job. The fit and finish is excellent. FAR better than the stuff from 1990's. The overall vibe is excellent. Like a vintage Dano the intonation is not individually adjustable but mine plays in tune quite well. The info is wrong as they come with the correct aluminum nut not plastic as stated. I pulled the pick guard and was pleasantly surprised to high quality pots and caps. These guitars are stone simple and will last a lifetime. These do come with a Truss rod wrench. Mine was also set up quite well, Better than a few Gibson Historic's that I own. So If you want good Looks, A unique tone and a well made guitar at a low price check one of these out. If your still sitting on the fence just buy one.


got a used blemished white and gold

By steele

from sacramento california

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I used to own one of the 1998 dano dc's. They were nice and good sounding but this new one beats on all counts. klusion style tuners everything else appears the same but the electronics are better:) fear not about the neck, it does have an Adjustable Truss Rod, even came with an allen wrench. ordered a used one with broken headstock but the repair was easy and without that flaw its easily worth the original $ it was going for, maybe even double knowing what they were going for used online a few years back.



By tot

from Edgewood, KY

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This guitar is amazing. It stays in tune while being treated like crap. It has amazing tone, it has amazing sustain. I already like this guitar better than my Telecaster. Amazing buy I have wanted one for years, just never bought bought one yet recently had some flow and got this with a Marshall Micro stack. Amazing!!!!!!


Dano !!

By Albert E.

from Nova Scotia, Canada

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Meant to get one of these years ago, and then they got scarce. I got it in my head to get one of the new reissues (the "copper" did it). Sure you can't adjust the truss rod, or intonate, but it sounds/looks so unique and is so much fun to play - who cares ?"Clean" it is clear and snappy, with a little OD, it's fuzzy/indie fun - with no microphonic feedback.Neck is smooth and comfortable. Fit and finish is nice (another screw in the lower part of the pickguard would be good).Overall, a great, fun addition to your arsenal.


A cheap vintage reissue with a custom shop tone

By Blues girl

from Cape Cod

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I had one of these in 1966 along with a small Airline tube amp. I sold it and was almost immediately sorry. I just got this one in black (I still have the Airline amp, which is the same amp as the comparable supbro) and it sounds as good as the one I had in 66. Ussually you get what you pay for in a guitar but this is the exception. I collect guitars as well as play them both in a band and as a studio musician, and currently have 149 guitars and 47 amps, so I have plenty to compare it to. The frets were a little rough but I used a fret polishing kit and fixed that. I did need to set it up, including adjusting the truss rod that apparntly many people think isn't there. The bottom line is it has great tone, alnico 5 pickups (so it is great for that blues sound). It is no wonder Jimmy Page likes this guitar! For the price you can't beat it unless you are more concerned with looks that playability, it has stood the test of time. You will have to change the strings ( I used Super Slinkys). It has a fast neck and good electronics but I did upgrade the tuners to Gotoh 18:1. I would recommend this guitar to anyone from beginner to a Rock Star/ I won't be selling this one!


A Guitar That Keeps You Surprised

By Rootman1987

from Kansas City

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Upon first inspection I was somewhat disappointed; the gold hardware has a plastic feel, and the nut IS gold plastic, and the paint is lackluster, so I was resolved to return it, but I gave it a week before even considering this. After that week, and even now, about a month later, I will never part with this quirky Sears-Roebuck throwback. Each pickup has a unique single coil sound, and together produce a smooth, angelic humbucking tone. The playability is interesting as well, nearly indescribable. While the concentric knobs may stick a bit, and the pickguard may be a bit warped, never have I had a guitar that was as much fun to play/ practice/ goof around with. Entirely worth the meager investment, and this little creature shall stay with me as long as I can afford to keep it, second only to my very first Epiphone Les Paul.

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