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Dano 63 bridge setup issues

Hi, just went to change the strings on the guitar and noticed bridge was loose. I tightened the three screws down. Now set is off and innotation. Need help with setting the bridge back up. Screw turns, distance from body etc, really any help would be grand.

Thank you

Danelectro Pioneer 15

I have owned a 1950's vintage Danelectro Pioneer 15 for about 35 years. It was given to me by someone who bought it new in the 50's. I used it prior to 1983, and it was developing problems and I just put it aside. It has been in storage since then. I recently dug it out and brought it to a very reputable tube amp guy in East Hartford, CT. He called me this weekend and said that he had checked it out and made a list of what it needed which comes to about $250. He said that everything works including the microphone channel and the tremolo, and the the speaker sounded great. He had never seen one this old. He is replacing some capacitors and tubes, etc. I have been told that these amps are sought after by blues harmonica players. Does anyone have any helpful information as to the value or collect ability of this amp. I am a jazz player, and I own a couple of polytone minibrute III's and a couple Fender tube amps. The Danelectro is more a sentimental thing for me but I would like to know what it is I have.


Danelectro 12 String

I have a Danelectro 12 string, made in Korea, serial number 010005033. Can anyone tell me what year this is from? Thanks.

danelectro dc59 vos wiring diagram

feel free to email me.. coleman_patrick@hotmail.com

I want to replace the scratchy switch.. I have an on off on switch that will fit.. but I can't figure out how to get it to work.
the diagram I have matches how it was wired..

but my switch has six poles ala:

the dano has to have the switch after the pots, unlike the duo sonic.

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Selling Danelectro Hornet Baritone Guitar

Hey guys,

Just thought I'd post on here if any one is interested. I'm selling my black and silver Danelectro Hornet Baritone Guitar on eBay:

It's pretty rare as they only did a limited run and sounds amazing through a fuzz box

Danelectro Baritone

I've got one of these - tuned down an octave to Low E etc - and using D'addario XL 156 strings .024 - .084 but find it difficult to get a clear tone - set the guitar up as per Danguitar notes - any suggestions ?

How to adjust the truss-rod on a Dano Wild Thing?


I have bought the Wild Thing a year ago or so but the strings are way too high to my taste, I lowered them as much as I could but it seems that I need to adjust the neck too. Thing is I can't seem to find the access to the truss-rod. Any help and insights would be greatly appreciated :)

Danelectro 6 string bass ????

Friend of mine has a old maybe 56 6 string bass. No serial no. coke shape head, two lipstick pickup, And all white vinyl body with black vinyl trim. Some say it may be a proto type. Does anyone have any ideal about this one. I can send pictures if need be. Please help me with this one.
Dan Clark

1965 DC-1 shorthorn (Bronze) MUST SELL

The best guitar I've owned!!! But with
the new baby i need the funds! Its a single pick-up serial #3036 (the week of
July 30th 1965) 98 percent org. (1) screw, E-1 tuneing pin replaced. Some dings, shows it age. Excellent sound never had a short! Make offer...

Danelectro 16 String Guitar

At some point I had borrowed a sunburst Danelectro 16 string guitar which had the top four strings each with 2 higher unison strings and the top two strings with 2 strings in unison. In addition, it had 4 onboard effects and stereo outputs.

Does anyone know the name of this guitar or where to buy it?

Danelectro DS-50 amplifier. 3x12 cabinet and amplifier.

Hello there. I just recently acquired a what I believe to be a mid 60's Danelectro DS-50 amplifier from a close friend. It seems to be 100% original, and is super clean. It came with its original two button foot switch, it's original speaker cable and a nice slip/dust cover. I was SHOCKED, not literally, when I plugged it in. It has been sitting for I estimate a few decades unmolested. I have always had a soft spot for older American made amplifiers, and once I saw this it was no exception. It has such a great sound to it. My only modifications will be to change the speaker cable out for a 1/4" jack and upgrade the power cable to a 3 prong.

Has anyone else ever had these or played them? I looked through the web and I couldn't find any photos of it in brochures or catalogs. Anyone have any links or information about these guys. I am curious what year it was produced, and perhaps how many of them were made.


I have an opportunity to buy one of these. I really did this amp. It's in great shape and has foot pedal. I think it was made in 1966. They want 700. Is that a good deal.

danelectro guitar w/ amp in case

I have an early 60's sears/ danelectro guitar with amp in case for sale. It is posted in the Fort Wayne, Indiana Craigslist listings. asking $550 jhnevans52@yahoo.com

What Model Danelectro Do I Have?

Hello - Need some help identifying this 6 string Danelectro Longhorn guitar. Nice sunburst color, coke bottle headstock with silver lettering down the middle. Three lipstick style pickups, two F holes, rosewood neck. I can send pics if anyone would like to see it. Not sure if it is from the 60's or a reissue. Cheers, Len

bass VI to baritone conversion

I recently bought a what was called a Danelectro baritone/bassVI on ebay.

The guitar is clearly set up as a 6 string bass it has bass tuning machines,nut and saddles,and is tuned
E to E one octave lower than a guitar.
It doesn't look like a simple string swap is going to make a conversion.
The guitar has a U2 body and looks like the baritone classic except for the head stock which is not painted.
I dont know the year but the seller said they bought it in 2001.
Can this be converted without alterations?
Does anyone have experience with one of these?

Hey, I have played on a

Hey, I have played on a danelectro U-2 that had ernie ball baritone strings on it.. what i was looking for was a guitar that sounded good in a drop C or even C major.. although the guitar/strings worked in these tunings, the pickups weren't really giving it the sound i wanted. obviously fix-able, but i didn't want to do any routing and the pickups were so skinny (lipstick-style), i don't think i could've fit anything else (even, like, tele lipstick's) in there.
I have seen on a couple msg boards where people bought the danelectro VI, which was apparently kind of supposed to be a crossover between a bass and a guitar, so, i think it actually CAME with bass strings on it.. if you know of someone nearby who knows a lot about intonation and whatnot, prob not a bad idea to consult them. but, i'd say spend the 8-10$ on a set of baritone strings and see what happens. i don't think you're going to have any tension problems or anything like that.. just keep it tuned low at first, just to make sure.. like, no higher than D major..
these are all just suggestions. i do NOT own the guitar you're talking about, but i've done quite a bit of research on baritone guitars and i've been playing for almost 20 years.. hope that helps..

bass VI to baritone string swap

thanks for the insight I think I'll give the string swap a try.I had a local tech look at it and he said kind of the same thing.The guit does need a set up and truss rod adjust.The pick ups have a nice twang and its a Dano so it looks cool. again thanks DK

Danelectro Corporal model 132 power amp

I am looking for Specs or schematics for a Danelectro Corporal 132 amp. I believe its a 50's or 60's model with one tone and one volume knob with 3 inputs and 2 x 8 inch speakers. We can't seem to find one anywhere. Even if you have something hand written, we need all the help we can get. The power tubes seem fine but something is wrong with the pre amp circuitry. This seems like a very simple amp but we are missing something.

Please help and thanks

Dan Long

Corporal Model 132


My name is Dave, I am looking for a schematic on a Danelectro Corporal Model 132 amp. I just bought one and have not seen it yet but am looking for the schematic as I plan to refurbish it. I think I have figured out it does not have a power transformer so I will be upgrading with an isolation transformer to make it safe. Also I have picked up a bit that it is a push pull 50C5 amp so it should be around 8 to 10 watts.

If you have found a schematic I would love a copy I can be reached via email at: detjkt@gmail.com


I need to sell my Vintage Danelectro Guitar - Help!

Hi Guys,
I have a cool old Danelectro Electric Guitar in great shape for it's age, I got it a s a gift from my uncle when I was a kid.. est. 1968.. I know he had it for years before he gave it to me.. Unfortunately, I need to sell her..

I just had it cleaned and tuned up at the local guitar shop here in Mpls MN, they were surprised at how well it played and sounded.. Copper/Gold body, White trim on side, single cutaway body style, single lip stick pickup. 3 per side tuning pegs on neck.. Original case!

I have no idea how to describe this guitar for sale, Is there a way to verify age? Any help from you experienced Danelectro guys would be appreciated!

Email me for pics and or questions - cnorris3@yahoo.com


if you have not gotten your answer yet about the age of the guitar send me some pics and take the inspection cover off the rear of the body to fine date code

Inuendo 12 string

Does anyone know where I can get a wiring diagram and a manual for an Inuendo 12 string with effects?


Danelectro Commando 88?

I'm looking for a Danelectro modell 88 Commando amp, does anyone have one for sale?

Re: Danelectro Commando 88?

I have one but I'm not sure what to ask for it.


Danelectro reissue Hodad on Ebay

Selling my white pearl hodad at


Ends in two days.

Strat pickup in dano

I want to put a Seymour Duncan strat pickup in my Danelectro U2. Is this possible?

Danelectro Dano '59 or a 59-DC ...which is better?

I really want to get a hold of one of these Danelectro shorthorn reissues, but which one is a better guitar, the new reissued Dano '59 or one of the older reissues from the '90's a 59-DC? There aren't any local music stores in the NJ area that carry either, It's a tough call since I can't try them both out side-by-side.

FAB Distortion Pedal

To get the pedal working, do you need both the battery and the 9V cable?

Re: FAB Distortion Pedal

: To get the pedal working, do you need both the battery and the 9V cable?


Keeping the Tape On

I bought one of the new '59 model about a week ago, and the tape is already starting to lift! I know that this is a general problem on Danos -- but only a week? It hasn't even been out of the practice room. Is there anything I can do -- other than send the guitar back to where I bought it?

WTT: Extremely clean Firefly body

I've got a very clean, unrouted Firefly body I'd like to trade for one with stock routing. I'm building a 6-string Firefly bass from parts as another project and would like to have a pre-routed body instead. Email for pics.

Coral Firefly wiring?

I'm putting together a Coral Firefly from parts and I need to know if the knobs closest to the bridge control the neck or bridge pickup. Can someone with a Firefly please help me on this?

Coral Firefly wiring?

Her is the wiring diagram you need

Hi! Need to ask you something

Hi Spencer,

Have been trying to get in touch with you, I have lost my info for tax return. If you could would u please e-me the info for time worked, & booth rental please. I guess a copy of my 1099 would be fine. Just need to know what to turn in. My husband got me in a mess and didn't file taxes the last 3 yrs. I couldn't get by the shop to pick up the copy you left me before the shop closed, because I have been in and out of the hospital so much the past several months. Hope everything is going fine for you and the family.
Thanks Again,
cell 368-4959

Neptune Bound...The Ultimate Danelectro Guide

Aug. 2, 2007 Update: The new Danelectro book is coming along trendously. The graphics and layout will be done by The Affusion Group {www.affusiongroup.com}. Here's the finished cover. I've just received the foreword from the great Vincent Bell. Most recently, Howard Daniel, an award winning writer {and son of Nathan "Nat" Daniel!} wrote a stellar introduction to the book defining his father's important achievements and innovations in the musical instrument industry and beyond. They'll be 100+ pages of RARE catalog reproductions, unseen factory pics, full details on patents and innovations, wild protypes, hard to find amp schematics, Dano' players, Dano' hits, and a great in-depth interview with Vincent Bell. There's a set-up article by Dan Erlewine, a comprehensive model & ID guide, and a full vintage value guide. Please check back soon for more updates, lots going on in the coming weeks. Thanks! For book updates and details on reserving your copy feel free to visit neptunebound.com or contact me directly @ doug@neptunebound.com...Doug Tulloch <img src="http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y280/DAT12/CoverPromoSmall.jpg">

Neptune Bound...The Ultimate Danelectro Guide

Due out early 2008. See NEPTUNEBOUND.COM for details.

Re: Neptune Bound...The Ultimate Danelectro Guide

Any updates? This would make a great Christmas gift idea for us "Danelectro-holics".

longhorn bass wiring pots

have an early 60's danelectro longhorn bass. bought new pots and am wondering if any one has the wiring diagrahm for this guitar?
Please advised

Re: longhorn bass wiring pots

: have an early 60's danelectro longhorn bass. bought new pots and am wondering if any one has the wiring diagrahm for this guitar?
: Please advised
Hello, I'm looking for the same thing. Any luck? Thanks, Jim.

Re: longhorn bass wiring pots

: : have an early 60's danelectro longhorn bass. bought new pots and am wondering if any one has the wiring diagrahm for this guitar?
: : Please advised
: Hello, I'm looking for the same thing. Any luck? Thanks, Jim.

Re: longhorn bass wiring pots

: : : have an early 60's danelectro longhorn bass. bought new pots and am wondering if any one has the wiring diagrahm for this guitar?
: : : Please advised
: : Hello, I'm looking for the same thing. Any luck? Thanks, Jim.

Me too jim, lots of other schematics on the dano sites, but can't find one for the "two concenric pots, no selector switch" option used on longhorn basses. It can't be hard but I have no electrical savvy so need help. Howard.

Info needed

My uncle has either a 1962 or 1963 DanElectro Guitar with matching Amp. (Amp DE DM10). I have tried to find info but have had no luck... Any help will be greatly appreciated - THANK YOU!

Danelectro Coral Electric Sitar 1968

Danelectro Coral Electric Sitar 1968

This popular thread has been given its own page : Danelectro Coral Electric Sitar 1968

dano 12 string gauges

any body know the suggested string gauge on a dano 12? i just got my first one and i don't want to mess the neck up by using too heavy a string. are 10's ok?

'65 Danelectro Convertible - Rosewood Saddle replacement

I am missing the floating rosewood saddle. What can I use to replace this (other than finding an original replacement)?

Can I use a "rosewood compensated bridge with base for flat-top guitar"? Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks, Joe

Original 3011 in Limo Black...Willing to sell

Im still unsure on the year...serial number websites lead me to believe its either a '53 or '63...im thinking 63 but have yet to see a 1963 model for comparison. Found a pic of a 1958 which is the exact model and color.

Fantastic condition..90% near mint. A couple dings on edge..havent touched since recieved from late grandfather over ten years ago.


1958 to 1969: masonite/poplar (or pine) frame, double cutaway "shorthorn" style, 13.25" wide.

1956-1969: Poplar bolt-on neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard.

1955 to 1969: Single pickup-Alnico bar magnets & copper wire wrapped in brown tape and mounted in surplus, chrome plated, lipstick tube.

1956-1966 "Coke Bottle"

"Seal" shaped pickguard and two control knobs

Send me an offer if interested. :)


Hey everyone, i just got my first danelectro last night and was wondering has anyone ever put a bigsby on one or know if i can be done? thanks


Denelectro amp

Selling a Danelectro Explorer Model 291 and I want to know approximately what it's worth. It's in perfect shape.

ds-50 amp schematic

Any body have a schematic? thanks,

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