Dan Electro/Dano 63

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chef, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Cool retro bass, or useless junk?
    I dig the look of this:
    as much as the Reverends I dig a lot...

    But do they really play and sound cool too?
    Any real world users out there care to sound off?

  2. Bassenstien


    Jun 13, 2006
    Ive always like the looks of Dano basses (i.e. longhorn) but I never have really liked the sound I got out of those lipstick pickups.
  3. I've debated about picking one of these up for a while. I think the Danelectros, along with the Jerry Jones Dano copies, do the best job of simulating the feel of upright bass in a band setting. I mean for an electric bass.....A little palm mute played with a pick---beautiful! I've kind of been waiting for an old one to pop up somewhere. They've gotten expensive. I do have one of the older Dano reissues of a six string bass. I used it to play "tic-tac" bass in a country band doubling the upright bass lines. Sounds very cool for this application, but a little lacking in bass(more like a tuned down baritone guitar) to be the only bass on the bandstand. I'm sure the four stringers don't have that problem.
  4. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Street price on that new reissue is a paltry $300.
    If there was a GC or something here, I'd just go check it personally, but, there ain't.
  5. RED5


    Jan 14, 2008
    Suffolk County,NY
    I gigged with one last month, loaned from a friend. It's sound is unique, kinda tubby, but you can dial the amp around that. It was very lightweight, that was the best part. Felt like I was playing my belt buckle. Price is right. But once again, it's not for heavy funk or hard rock,more of a dub/reggae thing. Oh and nothing like the originals, which were crude as dirt but pumped.
  6. If I come across one of the new reissues, I'll thump on it for a minute and see if it delivers. If the neck doesn't warp on you, it would be hard to go wrong for $300. I've had no problems at all with the older Dano reissue. I just noticed in that link you can get a long scale or short scale bass, that's kind of interesting......I have been trying to stay out of the music stores lately, but I'm sure I'll have a moment of weakness sooner than later....
  7. watspan


    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    one of the bass player-type mags did a favorable review FWIW. I'd like to check one out.
  8. thumpbass1


    Jul 4, 2004
    Dano's are a lot of fun, but you have to accept them for what they are. I do like what I see in this latest model. If I do get g.a.s. in the near future it's gonna' have to be low budget, and I'm thinking about the new Dano.
  9. Bassenstien


    Jun 13, 2006
    I just realized that they were in short too. Ive kinda wanted another short ever since I got rid of my Mustang bass and my Electromatic Jet bass dang :meh:
  10. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    I ordered one of the short scales, but the retailer canceled all its orders after they came in a month late, with the side tape coming loose and other problems that they didn't disclose. All 120 of his Danos were sent back to the company. He said all of them will have these problems. It's a shame because I was looking forward to playing one.
  11. That sucks! I've heard great things about the Jerry Jones Dano copies, but they cost at least twice as much.
  12. Wow. Jerry Jones list is $1200.
  13. There's been several threads on this bass. I'll post the link to the sound clip in this one :smug:


    I'm on the order list from Danelectro, I'll post pics and info whenever it arrives :confused:
  14. GaryLC


    Apr 6, 2006
    Scotia, NY
    I'm on the order list also. I've got a Dano Hodad that I play as much as any of my G&L's, Fenders or Fish! It's light as hell, cuts well in the mix, and plays like butter. It's built like it's priced, but I love it!
  15. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
  16. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    Dano's are great IMO. I've got the 6 string bass and it gets just as deep. The lipstick pups have a unique tone that works especially well for palm muting thump. They sound a little like a cross between a Ric and a P bass to me but really Dano's are in a class by themselves. I've got the original 60's amp-in-case silvertone models (guitars) and the reissue baritone also, rockabilly sound for days. I've played the bass in rock, country, blues and it fits in just as well as any other model. I always get compliments on the tone when I use it. My baritone has gotten a lot of session work on alt-rock records.
  17. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    That bass was the only new bass I considered buying, but I knew I don't need another bass, and after listening to the sound clips all I wanted was the neck pickup. Here's my parts P with a RI lipstick tube by the neck (it replaced another pickup which is why it had the tempory surround). It's a good combination with the SD SPB-1.
  18. That's cool. I'd like a put together a parts bass, using 2 lipstick pups. I had everything together to do it a few months ago but sold all the parts to a friend of mine when I got really busy with business :(
  19. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    Thanks, I like it. One thing about those pickups if anyone's interested, they're all the same whether for bass or guitar or neck or bridge.
  20. KrispyJones


    Dec 3, 2006
    i pre ordered one :)