Dano 63 low output problem

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Boove, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Boove


    Jul 28, 2009
    Hi everybody, this is my first post. I would like to apologize for my English...I'm Italian :hyper:

    I recently bought a Dano 63 long scale bass and I have to say I'm quite impressed by this low cost masonite broomstick. Nice tone and looks really cool.

    Yesterday I took it for the first time to our place to gig with my band (we play some kind of indie rock stuff)... the guys were very happy with the "twang" vintage tone...but the output was kind of low.
    I was playing it through a Trace elliot mark IV, gain and volume were almost all the way up.
    I was playing with both pickups on and I had an hard time to come up in the mix (I have to say our drummer is a hard hitter, but I was not having this problem with my other basses).
    When I was playing it at home through my ashdown mAG210 I didn't notice this fact...(maybe because I did'nt force the volume...).
    I'm wondering if this can be due to the fact that my bass is a bit faulty.

    Has any Danelectro owner experienced the same problem?
  2. Nighttrain1127

    Nighttrain1127 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2004
    Near Worcester MA
    Just make sure you were not plugged into the Pad input for active basses that will knock your passive signal down a lot.
  3. Rob Martinez

    Rob Martinez

    Sep 14, 2005

    I have done that! I also have a Dano 63 bass, and love it! Mine also needs to have the volume and bass up more than other basses I have.
  4. The dano '63 is quirky as hell.

    The output with both pickups selected is much higher than with each individual pickup, so that's something to look out for. Also, it's pretty low output in general.

    It sounds REALLY cool though.
  5. Use the pickup near the neck to get a better response, and try to setup the pickups as close as possible to the strings that will give you more volume. Anyway those lipsticks have a very low output compared with other pickups.

    Good luck
  6. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    As others have said, the lipstick pickups have a very low, vintage output. I noticed this with the danelectro longhorn bass I had some time ago.
    If nothing else works and you're willing to spend a little money to fix this issue, I would recommend looking into a preamp of some sort like a Tech 21 Sansamp or you can check out GFS pickups at guitarfetish.com. They make danelectro lipstick pickups that have higher output and sell them at killer prices. Hope this helps!
  7. Boove


    Jul 28, 2009
    do you think a 8K bridge lipstick Pup with a 6K neck pup are going to boost the volume up?

    I was thinking about getting a Tech 21 Sansamp...add some little OD... it will be ok for the sound that I am looking for !

    everybody: thanx a lot! .:bassist:
  8. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    I would imagine that they would, at least a little. I think the normal danos are around 4.6k if I'm not mistaken. The question then would be, how much do they sound like the 4.6k's...
    Perhaps the sansamp will be the solution to all your problems though. they're lots of fun, even without drive
  9. Boove


    Jul 28, 2009
    Some months later, I give an update that can be useful for Danelectro owners:

    I mounted GFS 8K bridge lipstick Pup together with a 6K neck pup, hoping the general output would have increased...but it didn't.

    Actually the GFS pickups are really better sounding than the standard factory pickups, they are clear and pure and I reccommend them, I especially like the 8k...

    But they are not hotter than the normal 4.6k danos. At least, not that much
    I was really in love with the sound... but it was still too low.

    So, since i don't love stomp boxes, I decided to go for an onboard preamp: EMG PA2.
    Now i just switch the selector and...booooom! the bass is a monster.

    More hotrodding to come...
  10. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Regardless of what many people think, a higher DCR rating on a pickup does NOT mean that the pickup will be louder. IOW, a 10k pickup is not necessarily "louder" in output than a 5k pickup.

    Just ask Bill Lawrence. Or the Lace Music folks. Or anyone that knows about winding pickups. :)

    Just wanted to help put an end to that particular myth.