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Danelectro Shorthorn or Longhorn Body Style?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jazzman64, May 3, 2021 at 3:01 PM.

  1. jazzman64


    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    I need some help with this decision...Danelectro shorthorn or longhorn body style for bass?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Not the same # of frets. It's a way to choose. I love Longhorns they look unique.
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  3. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone

    Feb 23, 2011

    Without any doubt.
  4. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I’m waiting for a white one . Shortscale DC . 24 frets .

  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I like both a lot but I slightly favor the Longhorn.
  6. I owned a shorthorn and liked it, hoping to someday get a great deal on a longhorn and love it
  7. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    I have a Dolphin nose and a Longhorn . I like the Longhorn better . I’m hoping the DC shortscale I’ve ordered will become the new favourite .
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  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I grew up near the Dano factories in the '60s. They were all over. I've had the longhorn, shorthorn and dolphin nose. My favorite is my dolphin nose (it's an early 60's Silvertone) and I still use it.
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  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I'm not a Longhorn fan. Shorthorn all the way for me.
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  10. Bobbadfinger


    Jan 23, 2020
    Longhorn to me. Looks more appealing and unique...
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  11. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Longhorn , 24 frets , shortscale , made around 98 in the Shinko factory in Korea .From the initial batch of reissues .

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  12. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    My third Dano bass . Shortscale , 24 frets , Dolphin nose , not sure but I think it was made in China . ( My second Dano bass was a long scale 63 bass , I didn’t care for the long scale)

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  13. jazzman64


    Apr 16, 2021
    Brooklyn, NY
    So would you prefer the DC '59 bass as a short scale? i kind of felt more comfortable with the long scale!
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  14. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    When people think Danelectro bass, they think longhorn.
  15. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Who's selling those? A copper Dano was my first bass, over 40 years ago. I'd love to get one.
  16. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    I had a longhorn for a while. Nifty bass.
  17. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Slight derail here, but how straight is the neck on your 1444? I remember the bass; my local Sears had one as a floor model. But the neck of that bass was horribly bowed, and the neck on the basses of every kid I knew who had one was horribly bowed. A horrific turn-off. I may not have known about truss rods and set-up back then, but I knew an unplayable bass when I saw one.
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  18. lowendrv


    Dec 12, 2007
    Danelectro Guitars
  19. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I currently have a modest collection of three Silvertone Model 1444 (dolphin nose) basses and none of the necks have any issues with bowing. There are 2 metal bar trussrods in them that are not adjustable but I've never had an issue with them.

    I've also had several '60s Dano guitars and none of them had issues with the necks.

    I have no idea why your experience is different but I'm glad mine have all been fine.
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  20. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Weird. Sweetwater shows the shortscale in copper, but the Dano site only shows the long scale in copper burst.
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