Danelectro Strap Button Q

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4SG, Mar 15, 2018.

  1. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    Hello TB. I recently played a friend's Jerry Jones Neptune bass, a longhorn-style short scale with the strap button on the driver's side horn. It's a great instrument but now is really hard to find and very costly; one identical to the one I played is listed on Reverb for $1700.

    Picture below showing standard Dano strap button location. Danelectro_58_Longhorn_Bass_Copperburst_Andy_Babiuks_Fab_Gear_2.jpg

    I'm wondering about getting a new Dano and moving the strap button to the horn a la the Neptune. I looked through old TB threads and found this one, which seems to indicate that the body has the "same wood frame all the way around": Danelectro Longhorn

    However, that's about as much as I could find, and the conclusion wasn't backed up with any more substantive info. Also, the thread is 5 years old. And I was under the impression that Danelectros are pressed together and not solid. No response from Danelectro customer service on the question yet. So, I ask you bassists: Can a strap button on a Danelectro Longhorn be screwed in or otherwise secured to the horn? How? Has anyone done it?

    Thanks for looking in.
  2. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    If you look at plans for building a Danelectro longhorn you will see that the horn is a solid piece of wood, so you shouldn't have any problem screwing a strap button in. Whether it balances well or not I don't know.
    The body is a frame of solid wood but is mainly empty in the middle, with Masonite top and back. Low-tech but effective.
    4 Strings Good likes this.
  3. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I have relocated strap buttons to the upper bout/horn area with no issues. The wood frame goes all the way around and can easily handle the job of holding the instrument up.
    salcott and 4 Strings Good like this.
  4. 4SG


    Mar 6, 2014
    Wow, thanks abarson and bigtone23! That's exactly the info I was looking for!