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Danelectro Neck Pickup Location

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by geetarguy24, Mar 8, 2021.

  1. geetarguy24

    geetarguy24 TDPRI Member

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    Hi all, i'm just about wrapped up drawing templates for a Dano style build I'll be starting shortly, but haven't decided where to put the neck pickup. All the pictures I've seen of old Danos have the neck pickup pretty darn far away from the neck, almost closer to the middle pickup position on a Strat. For me, the neck position on a Danelectro is just magic, so I am really trying to get this right.

    Would anybody be able to tell me how far the neck pickup is from the bridge on their own Dano? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Dan German

    Dan German Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm sure someone will chime in (I can't help, my Danelectro only has one pickup!), but if not, you should be able to source a good pic and scale it from neck measurements. Frets are a wonderful reference!
     
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    Jay Jernigan Tele-Afflicted

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    I'm just chiming in everywhere tonight.
    That is an interesting question as I had not noticed.
    As I'm sure you know, the usual place is the second octave, where the 24th fret would be.
    Please excuse this post.
     
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  4. geetarguy24

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    Is it a U1 style with just a neck pickup? I would think the neck pickup would be in the same position as on the two pickup models. And thanks, thats a good point about the frets, i may very well end up needing to go that route
     
  5. geetarguy24

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    Haha the feedback is welcome! Im aware that is the usual wisdom, and pretty much always yields great results. The Dano shorthorn like what i pictured below would have the neck pickup placed somewhere closer to where the theoretical 28th fret would be. I also have been wondering why it happens to sound so good (to me) all the way down there, but I'm not certain there is a real answer

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  6. DonM

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    This is a ‘98.

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  7. Jay Jernigan

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    I see your point. Are those pickups wired in series or parallel when both are on? Just curious. Individually it wouldn't matter of course.
     
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    Will try to remember to take a pic for you with measurements in next few days
     
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    On twin-pickup Danelectros they are wired in series.
     
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    Thank you, sir, that's what I thought. Now I'm gassing for one.
    I feel odd having never had one.
     
  11. Dan German

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    Nope. Convertible, so the pickup is more middle than neck.
     
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    Just measured mine. From the leading edge of the metal bridge to the centers of the sides of the neck pickup the distances are 4.25 and 4.75 inches. Let me know if you need a different measurement. Or maybe it’s the wrong guitar.
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    Wow thanks so much folks!! Really appreciate the help!
     
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    This is a 1963 DC Dano. It was originally the single pick up model, but I added the bridge pickup. As others have noted, the neck pickup is more "middle" located and is in the same location regardless of whether it is a single or twin pick up version. Because I have an aftermarket bridge, I measured here from the neck instead. Tried to get a few different measurements. Take a look.
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    oops, a few duplicates in there
     
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    If you want a specific measurement, let me know. I took those pics not knowing specifically what you might want to see.
     
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    Those are a big help! Thanks so much!
     
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    Do some Danelectros not have truss rods, or is it just not adjustable, or just heel adjustable, like many Fenders?
    Just Curious?
    Gene
     
  20. Dan German

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    Original Danelectros have truss rods (well, by “truss rod” I mean bloody great aluminum square section tube) that cannot be adjusted. Mine is 56 years old, and I’m worried what’s going to happen if the neck ever needs adusting. :D
     
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