Danelectro '59 Shorthorn Re-Issue

My '59 re-issue Dano

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'59 original Dano

A standard Guitar tuning of E~A~D~G~B~E





Danelectro '59 "Shorthorn"

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 Longhorns and the Sitars; but some of them look very different from all the real and clone Fenders and Gibsons and in a good way, plus 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 the originals are most definitely not now), and they don't have the greatest reputation for reliability. Having seen my friends collection (which is a very impressive sight) out for cleaning, it 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. So a quick bid and then I got distracted by a Baritone neck Danelectro '64 (which I didn't get), and forgot about it for a bit. 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 my invitation was accepted

It's here now and looks almost new though its at least 5 years old and I'm not sure if the slight "yellowing" on the sides is relicing or actual age? I'm loving the almost matt, kind of plasticy, (without being cheap), finish on it, along with the gun metal anti chrome metalwork. It feels like quality to play too, very solid but very light; the electrics are good too, with no hums or crackles just a great sound, (well as good a sound as my talent allows).