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Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar Black

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The 12-String Danelectro 12SDC Electric Guitar captures the jangly sounds of the '60s with a double-cutaway body made of laminated wood and 2 lipstick pickups. Modeled after the classic 59DC used by J... Click To Read More About This Product

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The 12-String Danelectro 12SDC Electric Guitar captures the jangly sounds of the '60s with a double-cutaway body made of laminated wood and 2 lipstick pickups. Modeled after the classic 59DC used by Jimmy Page, the guitar's "bottle" headstock is elongated to accommodate 12 sealed Gotoh tuners. Its wide neck makes the Danelectro 12 string easy to play. An improved fixed bridge is fully adjustable. The Danelectro 12SDC guitar's '59 vintage look includes details like a matte finish, seal-shaped pickguard, and textured tape binding on the sides.

Case sold separately.

Features Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Laminated
  • Body finish: Matte
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Not specified
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25"
  • Truss rod: Dual-action
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: Not specified
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: Lipstick
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Lipstick
  • Brand: Danelectro
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Gotoh
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 12-string
  • Special features: None
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: China
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Danelectro12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 76 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (45)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (47)
  • Good feel (47)
  • Good tone (45)
  • Good pick up (30)
  • Solid electronics (19)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (36)
  • Practicing (35)
  • Recording (35)
  • Rock concerts (22)
  • Small venues (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Professional musician (22), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Jingle Jangle On A Budget

This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little...Read complete review

This Danelectro 12 string is Korean made and appears to be put together well. Individual string saddles make it possible to intonate the strings, though out of the box, mine needed very little adjustment. The lipstick tube style pickups deliver the jangle you expect from an electric 12 string and they seem to be fairly high gain. I had to turn my Gretsch Playboy amp down a little from the setting I normally run it in order to turn the guitar volume up just a third of the way. These pickups are loud. I really like the wide neck. It's much easier to play than the Rickenbacker 12 string I used to have. I also like the simplicity of one tone knob and one volume knob. Danelectro guitars of the 50's/60's were cheaply made masonite wonders with lipstick tubes as pickup covers, unique tone and a low price. Thankfully, some things don't change. Plug this in and the jingle-jangle will lead you right into the sonic realms of The Byrds and The Beatles.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Really more of a kit than a guitar

The guitar wouldn't tune well right out of the box, but it came with Gotoh tuners and a nicely designed bridge which allows one to intonate all 12 strings individually, so I figured that...Read complete review

The guitar wouldn't tune well right out of the box, but it came with Gotoh tuners and a nicely designed bridge which allows one to intonate all 12 strings individually, so I figured that this is something that I should be able to make work for me. I gave it to my guitar tech/lutihier who had to shim the neck, turn the truss rod, adjust the action and intonation, change strings and cut grooves deeper in the nut for the strings that sat too high and put epoxy in grooves that were too low. When I got it back it was much better than when I gave it to him but the G string still needs a litttle more frequent tuning than would be needed with my Fenders or Gibsons. He told me that there are internet blogs that say that you should throw away the aluminum nut that comes with it and go to a bone or synthetic one. We ended up not doing that.

One other issue I had was that the tone knob did absolutely nothing so I took off the pickguard and saw that a wire that was supposed to be soldered to a tab on the pot was never soldered.

I feel that I got something that I can use as often as I would use a 12 string, which is not often. You do get what you pay for and the fact is, I didn't pay much for it. Thank God that I have the resouces I do to make the instrument right. For what I have invested in it, I'd say I did alright. A PRS 12 is as adjustable; they have a bridge that allows intonation on all strings as does this Dano but PRS's cost thousands of dollars. Rickenbackers cost a couple grand plus and I am told that you cannot intonate all 12 strings on them (I never owned one so I'm not sure). I recommed this Danelectro with a caution that you should try to findout how much a good setup would cost and figure that into the total price. An extra hundred or so dollars for the set up and $70 or so for a good case still makes this a decent deal. Just know all this before going into it.
Needed major set up and soldering of the tone pot. Darn thing is made in China, so what do you expect? That's what you get for the low, low price. Low, low quality.
Good value but expect to spend more to make it right after you buy it.

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4.0

Great for the money

By Dave

from Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

I would have given it 5 stars because the price/value is tremendous. Really a cool guitar with surprisingly good craftsmanship. Maybe I just got unlucky, or it was getting a guitar shipped from the mid-west to Florida in December but my setup out of the box wasn't that great. Mine had way too much neck relief and the action was pretty bad. That being said a truss rod tightening put it back to spot on and now it plays great. As previously reviewed, if you don't want to shell out the big money for a Ricky this really will get you there. Great chimey sound, you will be playing the intro to Ticket To Ride and Wish You Were Here over and over!

 
4.0

Best 12 string, also the cheapest.

By Nick

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

This is my 2nd Danelectro DC-12. My first was a 90's reissue. They're still good, and in my opinion the Danelectro is the best 12 string commercially available and maybe the only one you'll need. It also happens to be one of the cheapest. Pros/Cons:

- The tone. Match with a Vox or Fender amp and chime for days. If you're getting a bad sound out of this your picks are too thick-try using a thinner pick than you're used to. What I like about it is the higher octave strings get played first when picking downwards, which makes the 12 string chime more pronounced than on models with the strings placed the other way around.

-The wide neck. Not classical-wide, just wide enough to not feel cramped with an extra layer of strings down the neck making it easier to play than many other 12 strings.

-While the construction of a Danelectro is charmingly cheap and a nice alternative to the same old, the chrome plating on the bridge and tuners looks and feels cheap in a bad way. That being said, everything still works and the cheap metal doesn't seem to affect the sound at all so it's hard to argue. Also the bridge is adjustable in ways many other 12 string guitars are not. Each string can be intonated which is awesome. A shame though that a steel replacement doesn't seem to be available.

-It would have been nice for one of the pickups to be reverse wound so that it is hum cancelling in the middle position.

-Neck heavy- normally Danelectros are balanced well but the added weight to the headstock from the 6 additional tuners makes it want to take a dive. Get a strap that has some sort of grip on the shoulder if possible.

-Unless you're handy, factor in the cost of a pro setup to this guitar. Main issue is the nut likes to snag strings while tuning. Will need to either file or lube the slots.

-Textured pickguard on the new reissues feels much cheaper and plasticy than those on the 90s reissues

Overall very happy with this guitar, will enjoy for years.

 
5.0

Super Rad Guitar!

By Diego

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

Great guitar, great sound, my brother loves this guitar!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

cool cool guitar

By Hang Pilot

from San Franciso

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    to date this is one of the best buys i've made in guitars. this is a wonderful instrument right out of the box. Down side is that the company no longer makes a case for this item. Buying this will enhance anyones guitar collection. I say it's a must buy !

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome guitar for the price

    By Rik

    from Gainesville, Florida

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great Action

    Cons

    • No Case With It

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    I'm just blown away by this guitar for what it cost. reminds me of some of my old guitars I had in the 60's and early 70's. great action and feel and fun as all heck to play. why pay 2000 plus dollars for a Rickenbacker.

    (1 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    MADE IN CHINA

    By Kamilo Kavur

    from CHICAGO,IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Made in China ll describe all. I used it for double trip from store to home and back for return. Its good looking instrument but thats pretty much all.

     
    5.0

    It sounds and plays GREAT!

    By joj

    from So. Cal

    Pros

    • Easy-to-play
    • Jangly

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Beatles
      • Byrds
      • Lovin' Spoonful

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Our band has been adding a lot of jangly, chimey songs from the 60s, and this guitar does a Great job of providing that sound. Although the materials and workmanship are not top of the line, I give it 5 stars because the value, tone and playability are that good. Good setup and intonation right out of the box, and the play action is smooth and low. Easy fingering - and it really sounds like an electric 12-string you'd hear on Tom Petty recordings and hits from the 60s.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar for an excellent price.

      By Madness

      from Zoo York

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        The best 12 string you will get for the money. Sounds great. I love playing this guitar. Get 1!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This thng rocks!

        By Dad

        from Arklahoma

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I was on the fence for a long time about a 12 electric string guitar. I've had my Dano for 3 yrs now and wonder what took me so long. There were a few things needing tweeking(personal choices) as far as playability. The nut is aluminum and not cut very deep and strings will pop out of place under a heavy hand. So I put extra light strings and switched to a light pick. Adjusted the neck and intonation. The neck is chunky but not in a bad way, it's comfortable and easy to play. For me the pickups are the weak spot. I have a difficult time finding the right setting for my ears. While I don't want an ice pick in the ear, I don't want it too dull either. I want to try flatwound strings on it I think that might be the key to my personal tone. I've been playing since the late 70's and have owned more guitars than I can remember. I've narrowed my collection down to a few keepers and this one is definatly a keeper. I love playing this thing and it is my go to guitar for everything.

          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little 12 string.

          By Stratofreaker

          from Pasadena, TX

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            I used to have a Gibson EDS1275 doubleneck and loved it. But as I got older it was just too heavy to play for an extended period of time. So, I sold it.

            That was a few years ago and since then there have been times that I needed a 12 string. After looking around I decided that 2k for 2 maybe 3 songs per gig was too much to spend. Last week I noticed this Danelectro on sale at Musician's Friend. There were 61 reviews, all glowing. So I decided that it was worth a gamble and ordered it. It only took 4 days to get here. From the moment I played the intro to "Listen To Her Heart," I fell in love with this guitar. The action's MUCH better than my old Gibby. And the intonation was perfect all the way up the neck. Even that pesky "G" string was in tune. The reason, separate adjustable bridge pieces for each individual string. I don't know of any other manufacturer that offers this innovation.

            If you need 12 string jangle, but don't have a lot of jingle, this is the one. Tom Petty, he's in there. The Beatles, oh yeah. The Byrds, gotcha covered.

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