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    Danelectros anyone?

    Anyone spend any time playing Danelectros? Impressions on sound and playability?
    I know they're a little cheesy, but they're also kind of retro cool. For some reason they've always made me curious and tempted.
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
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    Senior Member Walter Broes's Avatar
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    Yep. I have an early 60's Silvertone labeled copper colord single pickup single cutaway Dano that I love. Also have a Jerry Jones replica of a longhorn six string bass in copperburst, and a 90's reissue U2. Love Danelectros, especially old ones, but the newer ones can be really fun guitars too.

    -1960 CE100D
    -1961 Starfire III Special
    -1962 X175
    -1963X175
    -2011 F47R
    -2015 Newark Street X175 BLK

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    Baritones are good. Lotta fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '70 Superstar Combo

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    How's the sound from those paired lipsticks?
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
    ---
    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    How's the sound from those paired lipsticks?
    Are you talking about how both neck and bridge pickups sound together on a baritone? Fine. I really did have a lot of fun with it. You can play a whole lot of Western Twang songs on one. Wish I still had it.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '70 Superstar Combo

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    I mean general opinion of the sound overall. How does it compare to buckers, P90s, single coils on a Strat, Franzes, minihums, etc...
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
    ---
    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/

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    Well, if you define Gibson Humbuckers and P90s as thick, HB1s and Gretsch 'buckers as not quite as thick and Strats and Ricky toasters as thin, then Dano's are thin.
    I always thought it would be a nice neck pickup for a Tele, instead of a mini-humbucker.

    That said, I could get a good twang tone and a good 'natural' electric guitar tone. The tone controls weren't fabulous, but it worked well with my Fender and Vox amps
    and I was more than satisfied with the guitar.
    Quote Originally Posted by fronobulax View Post

    And I like Harry's approach.
    '66 Starfire I SB bass, '67 Mark IV pear wood, '75 Mark 4 P padauk, '00 Bluesbird black,
    '66 Thunderbird amp, '68 Thunder 1 RVT amp, '70 Superstar Combo

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    Senior Member Walter Broes's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by AcornHouse View Post
    How's the sound from those paired lipsticks?
    On a typical twin danelectro, the pickups are wired in series, so the "both pickups on" switch position is a lot louder and fatter than just the bridge or neck pickup by itself. Sounds like a bright twangy humbucker with some strat flavor thrown in.

    Old lipstick tube pickups are a little louder and fatter than a vintage style strat pickup. Low DC reading, but the coil's wound on a big honking alnico magnet, and that helps.

    The pickups on the reissues get some of that tone, but they typically sound a little brighter and thinner.

    -1960 CE100D
    -1961 Starfire III Special
    -1962 X175
    -1963X175
    -2011 F47R
    -2015 Newark Street X175 BLK

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    I love Danos. I've owned one of the short-scale amp-in-case Silvertones for decades and also have a '90s Jerry Jones triple-pickup shorthorn. The J.J. comes real close to the sound of the oldies, though it's wired like a 5-way Strat rather than combining pickups in series. The oldies have very flat fretboards. The sound is bright but with plenty of punch too.

    -Dave-
    1962 F-20 Troubadour
    1970 M-75 Bluesbird
    1971 S-100 "Black Cherry"
    1973 S-100 "Nature Boy"
    1990 Nightbird Custom
    2013 NS M-75 Aristocrat
    2016 NS S-200 Thunderbird

    c. 1971 Foxey Lady

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    Sounds like I might like a vintage one, but not a reissue. Maybe I'll keep an eye out when I can.
    Chris
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    '56 A-50, '57 CE-100, '60 X-150, '61 M-20, '62 F-20, '64 S-50 Jetstar, '64 Mark II, '65 SFIV, '71 S-90, '75 F-112, '75 Mark IVp, '81 M-80,
    '82 S-275, '86 T-250, '88 Detonator, '93 X-500, '97 Bluesbird, '99 F-30, '16 NS S-200 Thunderbird
    '54 Masteramp, '60 99j, '63 200-S, '66 Thunderbass, '69 Thunderstar, '92 G-500
    Acorn House
    '08 Parlor, '10 Butternut Deuce, '13 Rounder, '14 Kulakeiki

    '94 G&L Legacy
    '03 Elder Lute
    ---
    http://acornhouseworkshop.com/

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