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Old April 21st, 2010, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Anyone here ever build a Danelectro style guitar?

Preeb's recent Les Paul build - which should win some kind of web award - got me itchin' to try something like it, but as my skills are nearly non-existent, I thought I'd try something a bit more approachable for a first "from scratch" build, AND that will be unique enough for me to justify the time, as well as not being too expensive.

So, I've always wanted a Dano-style 12-string, and I'm investigating design, parts, etc. right now; not a clone per se, but a sound-alike replica inspired by a Danelectro. The main thing for me on this guitar would be learning to make a neck, as I don't want to use a pre-made one. The Dano body type, I'd think, shouldn't be too difficult to pull off, allowing me to concentrate on neck-based skill development.

Has anyone here ever built anything like a Danelectro, or have any particular insight into their construction other than what is commonly known?

Here's a particularly lovely example of how nice these guitars can sound; not sure when Howe recorded this. . .


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The irrepressible Mr. John Kingma has built a Dano double cut clone, a work of art
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Old April 22nd, 2010, 10:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That's pretty cool looking; hadn't though about doing three pickups. Probably sounds pretty different with a solid body.
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Old April 23rd, 2010, 02:46 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I haven't seen any others here, but I have seen several that might be helpful over at the reranch forum.

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There's been several builds from this user. Check his web site for other examples of dano-style construction.
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I just finished rebuilding my Squier '51 with GFS Pro Tube pickups (Strat neck & Tele bridge). I would have to say that it sounds some where between a Tele & a Dano. I love it. I put the neck pickup in last summer & really liked it, but was frustrated with any HB at the bridge. When I saw GFS come out with the Tele bridge Pro Tube I went for it & I'm glad I did. 3-way switch & no BS.
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Thanks for all the info, guys. Those threads on Reranch are just the ticket.
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Rebirth of the Dano! Micpoc, if you build one, post your build here, It would be great!
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Dano's have Masonite tops and backs. It's rumored that they've used pine, poplar or maple for the bodies. According to a recent article about the new reissues that have come out they tried poplar, but didn't like the sound so they went with plywood. A friend of mine has one of the first reissues. I had the chance to look at it on the inside. It definitely has a plywood body. The body is hollowed out. It has a center block kind of like a ES-335, but it stops at the bridge area, where it forms a small "T" shape. The necks are maple with rosewood fretboards. Allparts has aftermarket parts, including necks.
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Dano's have Masonite tops and backs. It's rumored that they've used pine, poplar or maple for the bodies. According to a recent article about the new reissues that have come out they tried poplar, but didn't like the sound so they went with plywood. A friend of mine has one of the first reissues. I had the chance to look at it on the inside. It definitely has a plywood body. The body is hollowed out. It has a center block kind of like a ES-335, but it stops at the bridge area, where it forms a small "T" shape. The necks are maple with rosewood fretboards. Allparts has aftermarket parts, including necks.
Yeah, that's the approach I want to take; the whole point of this exercise is to get some experience making necks. A question about the body design: you mentioned a "small T" at the bridge area. Are you saying that the center block comes down from the neck area vertically, then stops at the bridge and extends horizontally to the sides?
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Absolutely, that's what I would do, though I am presently camera-less. . . not to mention router-less and skill-less.
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Those look great;did you build them with an angled headstock, or flat like a Fender? I haven't held a Dano in ages, and don't recall if they angled heads or not.
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My Danelectro is one of the 1999 re-issues. It has an angled headstock and scarf joint.
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Is it worth it when the Korean re-issues are so cheap?
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Those look great;did you build them with an angled headstock, or flat like a Fender? I haven't held a Dano in ages, and don't recall if they angled heads or not.
The first 2 have angled back heads. The third one was a modified strat neck that I picked up on ebay many years ago.
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Yeah, that's the approach I want to take; the whole point of this exercise is to get some experience making necks. A question about the body design: you mentioned a "small T" at the bridge area. Are you saying that the center block comes down from the neck area vertically, then stops at the bridge and extends horizontally to the sides?
Yeah basically it's like this picture. I'm not sure of the actual measurements but you get the idea.
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Yeah, when my primary purpose is learning how to make a neck.
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Yeah basically it's like this picture. I'm not sure of the actual measurements but you get the idea.
Ah, so the T doesn't go all the way to the sides, but merely encompasses the bridge area plus a little; interesting.
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