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Danelectro '63 reissue with flats (sound clips)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Toronto Bassist, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. Toronto Bassist

    Toronto Bassist

    Jan 9, 2008
    A while ago, I bought one of these guys:


    It's a Danelectro '63 Reissue long scale bass. I was curious how the "lipstick tube" pickups would sound with flats, so I strung it with some LaBellas and...it's not too bad! It's no vintage Fender for sure, but for an el cheap-o four string I think it gets a pretty decent sound. The electronics hum a bit, but it seems deep but punchy.

    I tried it with a minor, bluesy type chord progression:

    http://www.vaughn-s.net/danelectro/minor blues.mp3

    A minor ii-v with a funky-ish groove. Well, as funky as a square like me can manage, at least:


    This is how it sounds with a doowop-type of chord progression...just basic root notes with a few passing tones:


    And this is...I dunno. Like some sort of rock thing with a weird chord progression. I just wanted to try it with a pick, for a bit of extra thump:

  2. I have the short scale version and really like it. The sound isn't real hot, but so what? It's supposed to nail that lo-fi vintage vibe, not compete with a Modulus.

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing.
  3. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    A Dano in the right hands can be deadly . Surprisingly versatile little basses .
  4. Toronto Bassist

    Toronto Bassist

    Jan 9, 2008
    Yeah, it's true...maybe it's largely due to the type of strings, but it feels like it fills out the bottom end nicely. I'd like to add a foam mute in there too, just for some extra thumpiness.

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