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Danelectro Dead On '58 Longhorn

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Craig_S, May 3, 2010.


  1. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Why do I want one of these?
     
  2. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Because they're way cool, relatively inexpensive, and are an exact replica of a '58 Longhorn. Plus, an original '58 Longhorn is (in my opinion) extremely overpriced for what it is - a cheaply made, average sounding bass.
     
  3. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I love Longhorn Basses, I've got 4!
    longhorns013-1.
     
  4. Yerf Dog

    Yerf Dog

    Jun 29, 2009
    Carol Stream, IL
    Well they do have a unique look. :bassist:
     
  5. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    I've always thought they were kind of cool looking.
     
  6. patman01

    patman01

    Oct 25, 2007
    I've got 2...light and very good sounding in an old school way
     
  7. oh my god you have a fender musicmaster amp

    i love those things

    who cares if most coffee tables have more too em

    and i love the longhorn btw
     
  8. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Yeah, I love mine too. Several times a year we play with an orchestra and the stage volume for the band has to be real low, so I use the Fender and the Vox in the photo for these shows, biamping, sending the lows to the Vox and highs to the Fender, sounds amazing!
    longhorns001.
     
  9. wow

    and your endorsed by eastwood.... i want your life
     
  10. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    How would these do for funk or old school jazz? I think they are insane looking.
     
  11. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Terrible. It doesn't have the muscle or tonal sophistication for either.

    These basses are decent enough rock and roll basses. The original appeal of this instrument was that it was "great sounding for the money". They cost 1/3 of what a Fender Precision cost in 1958.

    They're fun to play and fun to own, but don't expect great sound out of them. They're short scale basses with cheap pickups and cheap materials (the body is masonite with a poplar frame). They sound much better than any foreign import from that era, but nowhere near as good as a Fender P or Jazz.
     
  12. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    You seem to be describing the old ones, are the new ones tonally similar? The new ones are 34" scale.
     
  13. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    here is a clip of some funk style on a vintage one...

     
  14. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    and a clip of a new one... they sound almost the same in tone to me! I say for the $ pay it

     
  15. BassGreaser

    BassGreaser

    Aug 22, 2002
    Austin, TX
    and check the tone on that this guy gets on one of the new ones!

     
  16. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The new ones are 30" scale. That's why they're called "dead on".

    I'm describing both basses, old an new. They sound pretty much the same.
     
  17. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    The current owners have been very bizarre with their decisions over the years.

    They at least offered a similar design with some modern upgrades, then for a while they actually weren't making any guitars or basses, and now their back to Dead On: which translates to - the 50 year old design, with 50 year old intonation reliability.

    Why not do both, so the people who want to buy a bass for the way it looks can buy the Dead On, and the people who actually want a bass that performs can buy the upgrade.
     
  18. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Personally, I love the tone of Longhorns. A set of flats and they're pure tonal heaven for roots rock, alt country, and old school country.
     
  19. Basstovsky

    Basstovsky Stuck on those 4-strings Supporting Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Massachusetts
    Thanks for the video links there Greaser, never knew a Longhorn could sound so good, really digging those thick P-esque sounds in there
     
  20. jasper383

    jasper383

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Nothing says low stage volume like bi-amping! ;)
     

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