NDD: Short Scales back in action! 90s Danelectro Longhorn Purple Sparkle!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MisterUbu, Feb 11, 2022.

  1. MisterUbu


    Feb 25, 2020
    Toronto, Canada
    Well sometimes you CAN find steals in big box stores. Backstory: for a while I had a baby blue 90s Korean reissue of these that I regret letting go of. I posted an ad wanting it back, and there way a guy selling a Longhorn of the same finish for around $600 CAD but the issue; he was located across the opposite side of the Province. After a month of no luck, I took down the listing.

    Well lo and behold, Long and Mcquade out of all places had a Longhorn somebody traded in for their annual inventory blowout sale for $330 CAD! An hours wait before opening
    today, and it was mine!! All for 6 easy monthly payments!:hyper::hyper:
    I had no idea what it looked like and it really exceeded my expectations. The most unexpected part, it actually came with a hard case! and an old Fender style one at that! Does anyone have more info on these fender hardcases (it looks older than the bass lol). Did I mention the FINISH? _DSC0255.jpg _DSC0249.jpg

    In terms of playability, I was surprised at the fretwork, no buzzing or dead spots up and down the neck. The only small issue is the intonation past the 12th, but with the of bridge what can you do? This time I'll wait before installing a new bridge, as I didn't like the tone much of the "adjustable" bridge, plus i'd have to redrill if I wanted a new bridge on it.

    It definitely looks like it was taken care of, as my old Dano had to be semi-rescued from a closet after I got it. The only small issues are classic of these basses: crummy acoustic guitar strap buttons where the top likes to come off, and lifting tape, and the bridge slightly banana-ing on itself. These don't bother me outside of the strap button, as it plays really well outta the get go, so no real tweaks are needed. It does have rounds on it, so a bucket list plan is to get some la-bella flats on it soon enough. :bassist: For the weight-watchers out there, I was suprised this bass only weighs 5.6 lbs!

    To add, I want to add some quick n dirty sound clips of the bass. Here's a couple straight from my DAW from a Behringer UMC202, raw.

  2. Love it! :thumbsup:
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  3. blacktocomm

    blacktocomm Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2013
    West By God
    Very cool. It sounds awesome. Congrats!
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  4. elgranluis


    Feb 14, 2003
    Vail, CO
    That’s an actual fender case , not a “fender style “. It could be a reissue , or an actual 70s case. You can usually tell by the smell.
  5. MisterUbu


    Feb 25, 2020
    Toronto, Canada
    I meant to edit my post on that, it doesn't smell like cigarettes so it's probably a reissue. It definitely doesn't fit the bass, it was stuffed with foam and it's actually heavier than the instrument!
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  6. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Sweet! I played a Dano longhorn on and off for a couple years in my Folk and Americana band. They are so cool and can sound amazing. I just hate Danos tuners my only complaint.
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  7. JeffJ2112


    Apr 17, 2016
    Nowhere Indiana
  8. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    You can slightly move the bridge for intonation , there is a sweet spot for it .
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  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    That’s 100% hot.

    And what is it with TB and smelling cases? Don’t do that.
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  10. smurfco

    smurfco Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2007
    Norwalk, CT
    Love it!!
  11. skygzr

    skygzr Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2015
    Southeast US
    I played a longhorn as my main bass for several years. They’re very light and have a particular sound to them, almost Ric-like.
  12. REV

    REV Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2006
    Put some flats on that baby and a block of foam underneath the strings at the bridge and you'll have a tone monster. Great bass. Enjoy.
  13. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Congratulations on you new (old) Dano! I have one from the same vintage that I rescued. its a fun bass.

    Mine had peeling tape, like yours, and all of them, so I pulled it off and cleaned it up with the intention of replacing the tape. It actually looks better without the tape so I left it that way. If you want to replace it, you can buy a roll of Dano tape on eBay.

    The strap buttons are an issue. I put a new button underneath the top horn. The wood is solid there and it works great and the bass balances better. For the other strap button, I drilled it, glued in a dowel, covered it with a similar color touch up paint, drilled and mounted a new strap button.

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  14. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Does yours have the collapsing bridge problem? Its common. I shimmed mine with coins to prevent the bridge from collapsing any further. Worked great. shim .jpg
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  15. jpmcbride


    Aug 31, 2009
    Phoenix, AZ
    Strings for a Dano? Flats of course! Right?

    Well, actually I tried a few flats and they all killed the tone on mine. I have rounds on it, play on the neck pickup with the tone off, and it thumps like crazy. Just my experience with this particular Dano.
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  16. Grapevine921

    Grapevine921 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Lafayette, Indiana
    Great bass, great price, great color, sound, weight... what more could you ask for? Nice find!
  17. MisterUbu


    Feb 25, 2020
    Toronto, Canada
    To quote all 3, yeah my dano was all 3 issues, I'll probably shim a coin under there to see if that works for me. I'll probably just red-drill and dowel the existing strap buttons, I found testing out the strap button at the top horn with tape that I didn't really like how horizontal it hangs from there. In terms of tape, I love the contrast between purple and white, so I'll keep the tape as is since the peeling isn't as bad as my old blue one.
  18. sedan_dad


    Feb 5, 2006
    I have been playing my Longhorn exclusively. I have Chromes on it that have been there for about 10 years. I wouldn't change the popsicle stick bridge.It's part of the unique sound of the Dano. As far as intonation goes all you can do is adjust the E and G strings. A and D won't be too far off. I use a Strat case for mine. Fits perfectly.
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  19. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    My soft case is heavier than my Longhorn bass.
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  20. lowendrachel

    lowendrachel Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2012
    GTA, Ontario
    Wow! Congratulations! That's awesome. Which L&M? Been wanting a Danelectro short scale.