Well I've always liked the look of some of the Danelectro Guitars. The Basses always look a bit weedy to my mind and I don't really like the Long horns and the Sitars, but some of them look very different from all the Fenders and Gibsons in a good way and they do have a place in the rock and roll guitar hall of fame. I have always been a little mistrustful of the originals though, I know they were a fairly cheap brand when the first came out, (and I know they are most definitely not now), and they don't have the greatest reputation for reliability. I do have a friend who is quite possibly one of the worlds biggest fans of the original Danelectros though and has unpteen of the actual 60's models and he had them all out the other day for cleaning; which was a most impressive site and got my collecting juices flowing. So juices flowing I had a look on line to see what was about and worth inviting to Ukulele Corner incorporating the Pony Guitar Sanctuary
. I saw a few on eBay being auctioned and still at a fairly bargain price with not long left. Now I know that all the bidding happens in the last few seconds and by the end of the flury they won't go at such a bargain price but I would still have a punt for the fun of it, and there is always a vague chance... So a punt on a 59, (one of my favorite designs), that was still less than half the price of a new one, and then I saw exactly what I needed to invite; a 64 with a Baritone Guitar neck! Now as well as wanting a Dano I am also looking to invite a Baritone Guitar so inviting this would kill 2 birds (metaphorically - the neck is long but not so long that I would be interfering with aerial maneuvers) so all set with my own snipe and BAM I come up short by a couple of quid and come second; again! However in losing eBay suggests to me another 64, with a standard neck but in a nicer colour, 4 hours left on the auction, no bids, same price as I'd just come second with, and collection only, (hence the no bids), but it was just up the road from me. So no problem to collect and with no postage actually cheaper than the Baritone. So a quick bid and 4 hours later an aqua 64 is coming to the Pony Guitar Sanctuary
But what about the 59 I'd had a punt on? well I'd forgotten about it messing about with the 64s and it must have had some kind of "forget about me" hex on it because no one else picked up on it and a few hours later I had the 59 too! Quite a bit cheaper than the 64 but this one is being shipped so the shipping costs put the price up a bit. So like I said at the beginning, "I Dano what came over me" but within a week I've gone from no Danelectros, (apart from the Honeytone amp), and no major ambition to get one, to inviting two! I still need to invite a Baritone Guitar though...
And they are even more lovely than I was expecting. They both look almost new though I was told the 64 is a 2008 model and the 59 is at least 5 years old and I'm loving the almost matt, kind of plasticy (without being cheap) finish on them along with the gun metal anti chrome metalwork. They do look distinctive and unlike any other Guitar. They feel like quality to play too, very solid but very light definitely more robust than the originals. The electrics are reliable too with no hums or crackles just a great sound (well as good a sound as my talent allows). I am very impressed with the re-issue Danos and with their distinctive styling I can easily see how one can end up with a collection of them. I would have no trouble inviting another one, especially if it was a Baritone; or the 6 / 12 double neck, and on the quality of these I wouldn't say no to a Bass either, (Still think I wouldn't get an original without having a good go on it first)