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'59 Dano Electric Guitar

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The '59 Dano reissue electric guitar is based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-'60s. Just because this guitar is inexpensive and a tad outr doesn't mean it's not a s... Click To Read More About This Product

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The '59 Dano reissue electric guitar is based on the guitar model first released in 1959 and sold through the mid-'60s. Just because this guitar is inexpensive and a tad outr doesn't mean it's not a serious instrument. The '59 Dano guitar features professional-level playability, intonation, and electronics. The '59 Dano is a guitar that will withstand the rigors of the road and continuous stage work in addition to inviting curious glances and knowing nods of approval.

The '59 Dano comes in finishes inspired by classic car colors of the day and have zero gloss, which helps convey the retro vibe. The glossless colors, swooshing pickguard, lipstick pickups, ridged knobs, and vertical headstock logo all help to create the immediate impression that this is an instrument from another time.

The body is a double-cutaway, and features the familiar plastic tape that runs around the edge of the guitar. Originally, this was to hide the seam in the two-piece body construction. Modern Dano's are not made using this clamshell method anymore, but the tape remains, as it is such a distinctive part of the look. The tape is affixed using a self-adhesive, and is aged with a shellac to give it a slightly brown-streaked or discolored look which adds to the vintage vibe. The pressed-particle pickguard is covered in the same material and cut precisely to fit.

The Alnico pickups are the lipstick variety, and have the same design as the ones that appeared in the '50s, when actual lipstick tubes (purchased from cosmetics makers) were used to house the electronics. One modern improvement is the bridge, which, on the reissue, is capable of being intonated.

Also an improvement over the original is the tuners, which are die cast and hold the tuning well. The nut is made of aluminum and contributes to the twanginess and uniqueness of tone that the Dano's were known for. In addition to sitting in a nut slot, the nut itself is screwed into the top edge of the fingerboard.

The playability is one of the most impressive aspects of this guitar” the action is low enough for velocity playing, yet was buzz-free on every fret. The neck is not speed-demon shallow, but its depth adds to the sustain, tone, and general feeling of substance.

The '59 Dano's pickups are bright and sparkly, but not shrill. The manufacturer reports that the 2007 reissue features a warmer wind on the pickups, which increases the output and provides a less high-endy tone. The jangly pickups and aluminum nut work well when playing open-position chords and single lines. Very versatile is the neck pickup”mellow and strong but not dull, perhaps due to the extra windings and its placement midway down the string length. The three-position switch and volume and tone knobs are rugged and stand up well to aggressive swiping and twisting.

Aside from being a definite conversation starter, the '59 Dano is a quality, low-priced instrument. It would be great as a second guitar, set up for a particularly twangy sound (owing to the pickup quality and the aluminum nut, which sounds particularly good when using open-string chords), or for slide. Or it would be good for a rhythm-playing front person, especially if your band plays retro or neo, jangle, pop, or surf music.


  • Body: Double cutaway masonite/plywood
  • Top Wood: Masonite
  • Scale: 25"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on
  • Neck Wood: Maple with double acting truss rod
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: C
  • Frets: 21
  • Nut: 1.65"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Bridge: 6 saddle adjustable
  • Pickup Bridge: Lipstick, single coil
  • Pickup Neck: Lipstick, single coil
  • Controls: Master volume, master tone
  • Tuners: 3 on a side, sealed
  • Harware: Nickel
  • Pickup selector: 3-way toggle
  • Finish: Matte
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Classic -Low end Diamond!

By Vinny guitarman

from NYC

This guitar, the '59 Dano, is one of the best values for the money . I have been playing for 40 years and have a vast collection. I play this guitar up against high end guitars and Im amazed as to the clarity of tone , either distorted or clean. Jimmy Page used one on stage as his slide guitar ...which I saw in concert many times in the 70s... the sound filled the air as well as his Les Paul. They look cool ( reto 50s , 60s) also used by legendary studio musician Vincent Bell on many hit singles in the 60s( Monkees Im a believer , Sugar, Sugar and others). Great value, fun guitar!!!

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Fun little guitar

By Joe

from Lyndhurst,NJ

I bought mine in black it is just like the one Jimmy Page plays. This is a fun little guitar.You can't go wrong with the price.If you like playing 50's style it is dead on.I set my Fender amp on the hot rod setting and let her fly


Im glad they re-selling this classic

By Zachary

from Austin, Texas

It has been played by my great guitarists such as Sid Barrett (early pink Floyd), Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton (when in cream),and Hendrix(when he learned to play). and vary cheap for a pro level guitar. if you want to get other vintage colors then go to a vintage guitar shop. thought you will end up paying more. I love the twangy tone you can get with this guitar. very light weight. easy to play. a great guitar.


jimmy page guitar !!!!!!!!!

By jimmypage guitarman101

from 65 high st east williston ny

i can't believe i found this guitar! i've been wanting this guitar for a long time. at first i only wanted this guitar because it was jimmy page's guitar but when i got it it was amazing. i m used to playing high end guitars but this could be right up there with fender and gibson. i have a marshall stack and this guitar does great with distortion and also clean. i highly recommend this great ax!!


Great Value

By Mike

from Waterbury, CT

These guitars are just awesome. They have a clangy Telecaster like tone to them. The pick-ups are very touch sensative and react very well to you playing style/technique. In the middle position the pups are in series giving you a much hotter tone, ala humbucker but a little brighter. It is also important to note that it is extremely light and practicly bullet proof. It makes an excellent crasher, a top notch slide guitar or just a usuable guitar for everything up to heavy distortion. Not to mention they are just cool and the guitars themselves have a cool history and are just unique in both look and sound.

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