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Danelectro Stock 59 opinions

Cliff Gress

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I'm looking at these and wonder, do I bother? It is plywood, etc and very inexpensive, but has some fun features.

Any thoughts?
 
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I got a used 'Jimmy Page' model a couple of years ago for peanuts - that's another story. Serial number records are non existent, but I estimate it's a circa 2000 model.

It's a fabulous instrument. I wouldn't have paid what they ask for new ones and I wouldn't use it as a main instrument. It's a great 'different flavour' guitar.
One thing, the pickups are wired in series. The switch type used does not tolerate being stored in damp conditions and quickly becomes troublesome. It's NOT because of where they are made, or who makes them. The ONLY aftermarket switches and pots available are exactly the same as what is fitted to the guitar. If you replace the switch for anything else, you'll lose what makes the Dano special.
If the switch starts playing up, best fix is either strip it and clean it, or live with it and use the volume controls to switch pickups off.
As for being "plywood", so are 335s.
My advice would be buy a used one, rather than new.
 

thin sissy

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Played one in a music store a couple of years ago. It was cheap and I thought it looked cool, was surprised by how awesome it sounded. Really cool deep, clucky clear sound. Perfect for cowboy picking and slide. The guitar felt "soft" though, like it was made of masonite. The neck bent extremely easy when touched.

All in all, a really cool "toy:ish" guitar. I didn't buy one that time, but some day I probably will, as long as it's priced as cheaply as it feels.
 

Cliff Gress

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Thanks for the replies gents. Hearing the words toyish and not a main instrument, I will probably pass as it doesn't sound like it will get much playing time.
 

thin sissy

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Thanks for the replies gents. Hearing the words toyish and not a main instrument, I will probably pass as it doesn't sound like it will get much playing time.
Haha, it is a cool guitar though. And I only played one, that particular guitar might have had a softer neck than most. But I get what you're saying!
 
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If you're a recording guitarist, it's definitely worth having one.
The body frame is laminate, the top and back are masonite, the neck is maple. Necks on new ones are that generic thinnish Fenderish profile, that all Asian guitars have. Mine has a profile thats like an R7, like early 90s Korean guitars tended to have.
The poly finish probably makes them more robust than Les Paul!
I wouldn't say it feels like a toy, but with a garish colour and the binding tape, I can see why people think they look like toys.
 

thunderbyrd

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i've got two, a U2 and a doublecut 59 NOS. they are pure fun to play and sound better than you'd think. the selector switch on the u2 is crap.
 
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