Dead On Danos

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nobody, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004

    I apologize if this has been posted before. I did a longhorn search and found nothing on these new ones. Maybe I'm just the only one that finds this interesting if not please discuss.

    I'm saving up for a medium or short scale bass to give some relief to my left hand and I like longhorns so I am kinda excited.
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  2. Dark Star

    Dark Star Guest

    Jun 18, 2008
    CT, RI, NC
    Excellent, another chance to get a Longhorn. When are these set for release?
  3. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
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  4. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
    I know this is pathetic but I've wanted on since I saw this video. lol

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  5. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004
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  6. rok51

    rok51 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Crawfordville, FL
    I had a original '58 in copperburst that was given to me with only three strings on it back in '66. I didn't play at the time, so it just hung out with me. When I finally started to play (at) bass in '73, I bought a Precision and fell in love with it. I still kept the old Dano in the closet-still with three strings. About two years later, I bought a set of strings for it and plugged it in for the first time. I was amazed at how good it sounded. Different...but really good. I don't as a rule like short scale basses-the Dano is kinda in the middle, if I recall, and had expected an EB type tone. Nope. The Dano had an attitude. Despite the lack of adjustability, the action was wonderful. It was a fun bass to gig with and it held up fabulously even without a case. Somewhere around the mid-eighties, I decided that I wanted another 34 inch scale bass-back then, playing different scale lengths bothered me more than they do now-and an employee of my local mom-and-pop offered me a brand new blood red T-40 with case, straight up, for the old Dano. Thus started my long affinity for Peavey basses.

    If you've never played one of the Longhorns, try to-they are a whole lot of fun...and they sound so much better than old style single coils mounted on two pieces of masonite separated by pine blocks have any right to.

  7. Nobody

    Nobody Inactive

    Jul 14, 2004

    some more Dano video goodness
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  8. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Way nice tone! That guy has some other rockin' video's up there. Thanks!

  9. Gearhead43

    Gearhead43 Guest

    Nov 25, 2007
    I had the longscale Dano bass that was available about 7 years ago or so and it sounded really good. They could be had for ultra cheap too.

    The pickups are cool how you can use them either singly or on together in parallel or whatever. You can get a really cool resonant sound from those basses.

    Never cared much for the cheap guitar-style tuners though.

    I might have to grab one now.
  10. Linkert


    Oct 24, 2006
    I pray that they won't have the original bridge on! It's soooooooo stoneage :p
  11. Fretlessdude

    Fretlessdude Guest

    Aug 9, 2008
    nanaimo bc canada
    I played. What i belive to be a new one in a weird blue to whit burst and a pink edged burst (mrmories fuzziy too busy gasing on am std) but it played nice it was light thumpy burpy and was all around quirky had stacked bol tone as well
  12. 62bass

    62bass Guest

    Apr 3, 2005
    Actually, that stone age bridge is partly responsible for the unique sound of the bass. I owned an original around 1960-my first bass. I own a re-issue series long scale DC model from about 10 years ago which also has the wood topped bridge. It's actually a pretty good bass for the money.

    I've played the model with the metal bridge and upgraded large tuning machines. It just doesn't sound quite the same.

    Intonation freaks will complain about the fixed bridge, but in practice the bass plays perfectly alright and in tune up and down the neck. It does best with lighter gauge strings. The originals used roundwound strings, but a lot of guys use flats now. I like the flats better myself.

    I wouldn't want to put a high tension set of strings on that very skinny neck but with the low tension Thomastics I use I have no problems.

    The originals were pretty roughly built and things like bad pots, bent tuning pegs, bad paint jobs, bowed necks, uneven frets and the vinyl edging peeling off could be problems. The re-issues are built much better, have excellent fretwork, stable necks as long as the string tension isn't too high, very tough and well buffed paint work and the truss rod works well. Mine is about 10 years old, has been played a lot and still looks and plays like new. It wouldn't be my choice as an only bass, but it's a nice change from the others every once in a while and the super light weight can be a relief during a long gig.
  13. TaySte_2000


    Jun 23, 2001
    Houston, TX
    I'm going to buy one of the Baritone's they look sick all I hope is there are some in the US for when I go on my tour and I can get one at GC for a decent price.
  14. Billy-Bob

    Billy-Bob Guest

    Nov 4, 2005
    So Cal
    You nailed my experience with a DC re-issue, couldn't have said it any better myself. I keep meaning to sell it, but every time I pull it out to play it I love this bass. The neck is just superb.