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1956 Single Cutaway w/ Bottle Headstock Electric Guitar

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The Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway w/ Bottle Headstock Electric Guitar improves on the classic electric guitar manufactured from the mid '50s through the late '60s and sold in popular mail-order catal... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway w/ Bottle Headstock Electric Guitar improves on the classic electric guitar manufactured from the mid '50s through the late '60s and sold in popular mail-order catalogs. The most notable improvement is the new pickup configuration and electronics.

The Danelectro guitar's bolt-on maple neck has a rosewood fretboard, and unique "bottle" shaped headstock with 3 in-line closed tuners. Dual lipstick pickups are wired in series to create a powerful humbucker effect. A 3-way switch allows for alternating between: position 1 - Bridge (dual coil humbucker) on; position 2 (middle) - both Bridge and Neck on in series; position 3 - Neck only.

The 1956 Danelectro guitar bridge has a metal base with notches that hold the ball-end strings, and a rosewood saddle. Other features include white knobs on dual concentric tone and volume controls, a black "seal" pickguard, and a double acting truss rod.

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Body: 56 single cutaway hardboard/plywood construction hollow with solid center core and tape binding 
Pickguard: clear plastic with logo
Neck: maple with rosewood fingerboard/double acting truss rod
Headstock: bottle syle
Scale length: 25"
Tuners: 6 in-line closed "Kluson" style
Neck shape: C-shape
# frets: 21 frets
Nut width: 1.650"
Fretboard radius: 14"
Bridge: Traditional with single rosewood saddle
Pickups: Neck - single lipstick, Bridge - dual lipstick wired in series as humbucker
Electronics: 2 stacked volume/tone controls, 3-way pickup switch
Pro Coverage
Mail-in defective pedals to manufacturer for replacement.
One year parts and labor warranty on guitars and amps.

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Not Bad....

By Not From the Danelectro company

from Little Rock, Arkansas

i played this at guitar center for around, 20 min. overall, it sounds great. i have been playing guitar for two years, and i think its a worth buy to a certain extent. i did experience buzz on the thick e-string. that was pretty much the only problem, and it might have been the strings. im gonna try to get this guitar. and you cant see it, but there is some REALLY nice white binding on the body. it really ties it together. i recomend the black or copper. End comment: good price, good tone, possible flaw.

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Friendly little axe

By John

from Fort Wayne IN

I've had a number of guitars over the years, and I've learned that you can't judge them by price alone. The pickups are very hot, and while not as powerful as my Fender Jaguar, they do okay. It is light as a feather, which to some translate as 'cheap' feeling, but I really only want to feel the neck, and not the body, when I play. The only drawback, due to the low price (made in Mexico), was the poor machining of the frets. The ends of them, at the edge of the fretboard, were as if they had been cut with dull wirecutters. They tore my hand to shreds in no time. But once I dressed them down with emory paper they were fine. The only guitar I ever had with faster action was a Mosrite. I've had this thing for about 8 years, and it still plays like new. The simplicity of this guitar, coupled with a performance beyond it's price range, would make this an excellent guitar for a beginner, and kind of a hoot to play even if you're not.

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