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1956 Single Cutaway w/ Dolphin Headstock Electric Guitar

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

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The Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway w/ Dolphin 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 "dolphin" shaped headstock with 3 in-line closed tuners. Dual lipstick pickups at the bridge 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 matching "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: Dolphin 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
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Mail-in defective pedals to manufacturer for replacement.
One year parts and labor warranty on guitars and amps.

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Dani 56 Single Cutaway

By F.W.Skid

from Cedar Rapids IA

I am not a person who usually takes the time to write reviews but I felt this guitar is seriously overlooked. Firstly, this guitar is not for everyone. I play punk, some classic rock, REM, White Stripes, Smithereens, Etc. I had sat down and strummed Danelectros before without actually plugging them in and was not impressed with the way they felt. To me they feel like they should be sold in a Dollar store. One day while I was looking for a new guitar at my local Guitar Center I plugged one in to an Egnator Rebel 30 and I was blown away. My regular guitar is a Tele. This guitar has the jangle of a Tele plus the bite of a humbucker when over driven. After setting the intonation and neck this thing just sang! I give it four because it feels cheap and is inexpensively made. Other than that, this is the sound I've been looking for.

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Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix started with Dan's

By Lesman

from weimar, ca

Just ordered the powder blue 56 Dano repro. after playing it in the store. It reminds me of the Strat HSS, with the bucker and lipstick single pickup config. The pickups are sick with the dual wired alinco wound lipsticks; it offers the ultimate garage grunge sound, and the new wiring and electornics make it the best sounding Dano ever. I had a silver flake 91 repro, with 3 single pickups, and the old seven position switch; I had to trade it in to get my Strat. This guitar has much better electronics. The guitar wood is straight old plywood, which makes for the great grunge tuning with any amp, and the maple neck is good; this is one of the reasons for owning this guitar, as it weigh's no more than 4 or 5 pounds tops! You can play it all night without it weighing heavy on you. The C neck has great action. This is just an all around awesome/fun guitar that is a great starter guitar, very cheap, and will be an asset to any collection. Ask Jimmy Page!

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