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Danelectro shorthorn, longhorn, short scale, long scale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by StefanoSS, Jan 27, 2012.


  1. StefanoSS

    StefanoSS

    Jan 27, 2012
    I have a big big mess in my head.

    What's the difference between shorthorn and longhorn in a Danelectro? Is it the same that short scale (21 frets) and long scale (24 frets)?!

    Thank you,
    Stefano
     
  2. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Both are short-scale.
     
  3. StefanoSS

    StefanoSS

    Jan 27, 2012
    Shorthorn and longhorn are both shortscale?!?!

    And the longscale?

    Please try to be clearer... My brain is a bit tired this night...

    Shorthorn means....?
    Longhorn means....?
    Short scale means....?
    Long scale means...?
     
  4. Most Danelectro basses are short-scale basses, meaning somewhere around the 30" to 32" mark, but I think they pretty much stick to 30".

    The only exception I am aware of is the '63 Danelectro, which came in both short and long scale (34"). I have a long scale version and love it.

    In case you weren't sure, scale is the measurement from nut to saddles.

    The "longhorn" and "shorthorn" are just body styles.
     
  5. The bodies of the longhorns have long horns and the bodies of the shorthorns have short horns.
     
  6. StefanoSS

    StefanoSS

    Jan 27, 2012
    Thank you!
     
  7. GreenWithEnvy

    GreenWithEnvy

    Dec 20, 2011
    Are you sure the 63 Danelectro long scale is only 34 inches? I have one and I always thought it was longer than 34 inches but I never measured it. It feels like the neck is a mile longer than a P-bass neck.
     
  8. Ah, my type of thread. My Long Horn SS is my baby.
    As far as the long scale goes, it is 34" IIRC.
     
  9. GreenWithEnvy

    GreenWithEnvy

    Dec 20, 2011
    And there is definitely more frets. Like 24 or something.
     
  10. GreenWithEnvy

    GreenWithEnvy

    Dec 20, 2011
    Wow, did not know the neck was only 34 inches. It FEELS a lot longer.
     
  11. Yeah, the body is a little on the small side, so you get the impression of a longer neck. But 34" it is.

    Or maybe it's the whole psychological effect of holding a Danelectro in your hands and having to reach that far.

    The '63 Pro Longscale plays like a much more solid bass than it's shortscale brothers. The tone is to die for. I can actually slap on this thing.
     
  12. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Technically, it's nut to 12th fret X2.
     
  13. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    +1
     
  14. I bought one of the '63 Dano long scale basses on MF a couple years back on clearance. Best $200 I ever spent. I'd love to get a Long Horn. Reminds me of the Traveling Wilburys "End of the Line" video.


    joe
     
  15. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    34 is long scale . Longhorns are shorter than that . Usually a thirty inch scale . But they do have a two octave neck .
     
  16. Oh I know, I was talking about the long scale Danos in the second bit.
     
  17. Its actually counterintuitive.

    Longhorn = short scale

    Shorthorn (DC) = longscale (34")

    When people use the term "shorthorn" I think of the Dano DC.
     
  18. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Older Shorthorns are short scale.

    silvertone_dano_bass3011.
     
  19. Good catch - I just thought of that.

    Its the DC reissues that are the longscale.

    Thanks
     
  20. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Yep.

    :)
     

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