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Dano Shorthorn reissue question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowplaces, Sep 13, 2017.


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  1. lowplaces

    lowplaces Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Someone asked on another forum

    " in the two eras of Dano Reissues, have they ever made a short horn/short scale bass a la Joey Spampinato's "

    I thought I would ask here to help him out. I couldn't find anything via Google.
     
  2. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Try this question in the Danelectros Owners Club . They are a knowledgable and helpful bunch .
     
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  3. The quick answer is yes! Danelectro currently have a short-horn bass in production, either in copper burst or in black.

    59DC-LS-Bass-CB_Front_HiRES.

    My inner Beefheart fan wants one of these.
     
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  4. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Earlier pictures of him often have a black U1 dolphin nose , dano did re-issue a two pickup version . Then there's a bunch of pictures of him with a Longhorn and then later pictures of him with a DC shorthorn Jerry Jones bass . Dano re-issued a long scale version , but I don't think I've seen a shortscale version other than those Jerry Jones made . Edit ... but the post above me corrects that .
     
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  5. msb

    msb

    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    Seems the Shorthorn DC2 is a long scale .
     
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  6. lowplaces

    lowplaces Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Yea, the guy I'm trying to help out looking for a short scale.

    Looks cool though.
     
  7. daveman50

    daveman50 Supporting Member

    Feb 24, 2007
    Westchester County NY
    I'm pretty sure they have never made such a reissue (short scale shorthorn).

    You could probably cooper one up with parts. I think you can put a shortscale bass neck on a 59 guitar body... obviously you'd have to mount the bass bridge in the right place & put up with some extra holes, etc., but what the hell it's a Dano.
     
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  8. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've cobbled together several shortscale "Dano basses that Dano never made" using RI Dano U2, U3 and Convertible guitar bodies.

    I don't recall ever seeing a reissue shorthorn with a shortscale. For recent shortscales they have the Longhorn RI and '56 Single-Cutaway (I think the '56 is discontinued).
     
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  9. lowplaces

    lowplaces Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    That's why I could not find one on Google.
     
  10. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars
    I had to do a little research (okay, I googled it...) but it looks like Jerry Jones was the only one to produce a twenty four fret 30" scale shorthorn bass like the one Joey plays. Here's a (sold) listing for one on Reverb (not a bad price either).

    Jerry Jones Shorthorn Bass 4 String Orange

    The original Danelectro Shorthorn Bass was short scale (29 7/8") but it only had fifteen frets. Here is my vintage Shorthorn; modified with a Dan Armstrong pickup (possibly either an early Dan Armstrong Modified Danelectro or a Fat Dawg Creation):
    20161209_115846-1_resized_zps8ao05hgr.

    Like @mongo2 I have built a couple of Shorthorn Dano basses using Shorthorn guitar bodies and Longhorn bass necks.
    IMAG0592.


    Moonshine :bassist:
     
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  11. lowplaces

    lowplaces Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Thanks,
    He's got a link to the thread.
     
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