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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 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 pl...  Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (5)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Almost ready for prime time!

I was pleasantly surprised with the playability and sound right out of the box. So much jangle I thought the reverb was on. Great job with that. The aluminum nut probably helps....Read complete review

I was pleasantly surprised with the playability and sound right out of the box. So much jangle I thought the reverb was on. Great job with that. The aluminum nut probably helps. Issues: the switch is junk. A Radio Shack SPDT switch (center off, such as 275-654 with the top clipped) fixed that. The tone cap is way too big. A .100 uf is too dark. I went with a .022, but .047 would be good too. The first fret was low on one side, causing buzzing. Had to pry it up a little. That said, it's a very good playing and sounding instrument, especially given its material makeup. The 12 strings and series wiring help cover the thinness of the pickups. Now if they just made orange an option...

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not for me

I'm no pro, so take my comments like a grain of sand. I'm looking for a certain tone and sound and this guitar just does not have it for me. it feels cheap,...Read complete review

I'm no pro, so take my comments like a grain of sand. I'm looking for a certain tone and sound and this guitar just does not have it for me. it feels cheap, looks a bit cheap and has that tin twang sound. On the flip side, it can produce an interesting sound with effect pedals, but then it's a one trick pony. For me the main thing is the sound.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Almost ready for prime time!

By Phil

from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

I was pleasantly surprised with the playability and sound right out of the box. So much jangle I thought the reverb was on. Great job with that. The aluminum nut probably helps. Issues: the switch is junk. A Radio Shack SPDT switch (center off, such as 275-654 with the top clipped) fixed that. The tone cap is way too big. A .100 uf is too dark. I went with a .022, but .047 would be good too. The first fret was low on one side, causing buzzing. Had to pry it up a little. That said, it's a very good playing and sounding instrument, especially given its material makeup. The 12 strings and series wiring help cover the thinness of the pickups. Now if they just made orange an option...

(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

If you don't have a Rickenbacker....

By Daniel Klementovich

from Lancaster PA

Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

You may be disapointed to own this axe. HOWEVER,if you buy this, you will NOT be let down to achieve that Byrds,Led Zep, Tom Petty sound with your favorite pedals. Yes, it is a solid body. Yes it's composite wood.Yes it doesn't have a resounding chamber. But, the neck is straight and the neck is small for no-so-large hands. It plays like a 6 string electric. After extensive shopping online and a long awaited ship date. Iit was worth the hassle and a 6 month wait. You have so much control over the sound through very simple controls.Watch the volume. I recommend this as an inexpensive and good-sounding alternative to a Rick. But, set your sights big. I know I will. Get it in the mean time. But make your sound your own.

(3 of 3 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 !

    (3 of 3 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.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great axe for the money!

    By doug dickeson

    from Lincoln, NE

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Pros: Great jangly sound, string changing should be easy (Ricky owners, you know what I'm talking about!) Inexpensive enough that you don't have to worry about it much. By far the easiest electric 12 that I've ever played. Cool retro Dano look. Cons: Neck stability leaves just a bit to be desired. You need to be a bit more careful when playing to not put too much pressure on the neck. Otherwise, it starts to go out of tune. Overall, though? it's less than $400, and a great axe for the money! You can see my tone report video here: http://youtu.be/119oZxxQCIY

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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!

    (1 of 23 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

    I would recommend anyone to buy this guitar.

    By SAM

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    my 12 string Danelectro guitar out the box was ready to play. Guitar center also the delivery time was really great only three days Thank you!

     
    4.0

    Nice 12 string chime for it's price.

    By Rick

    from CA

    About Me Experienced

    See all my reviews

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    Great electric punch this guitar has. It's made of economy wood but sounds serious.The intonation was way off but after adjusting I'm pleased with results.

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By John

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

    For the money, this 12 string electric is great. Nice action, nice tone, nice weight, a bit neck heavy. Stays in tune pretty good for a 12 string. I'm really in love with this. Only had it for short time, will have to update.

     
    4.0

    I would order this again

    By Ted

    from Florence Ky

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

      Running this through a Jangle Box suppressor sustain pedal is the closet thing to
      a Rickenbacker 12 string.

       
      5.0

      Danelectro 12 string

      By Paneltruck guy

      from Joliet IL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        This guitar played nice right out of the box. Intonation was spot on. The action was just right also. It's a blast to jam along with my favorite 60s tunes.

         
        5.0

        Great guitar and great service, very stoked!

        By Roby

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        They were out of stock so it took awhile to get it, but their communication was great and sent it off as soon as they got it. So I'm very happy, and I love the 12 string Danelectro, it sounds awesome! Thanx to all at Guitar Center!

         
        5.0

        I would make this purchase again.

        By David

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        I am a novice player, but this gives me something else to change up my learning process. It has been a lot of fun searching for songs on the 12 string such as Wish you Were Here. For the price point it is a great find for me and is easier to play than most would think. I have had other friends pick up and marvel at the playability. I am sure you get better sound from a Ricky, but at a much higher price.

         
        5.0

        I would by this product again and recommend it to a friend

        By Frank

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

        Really wanted a 12 string for a long time, but couldn't justify the price of a Rickenbacker. Been playing for a long time and had a recording career for about 15 years. Nowadays I just love recording my tunes and love having instruments that add that special color to a track. This guitar is just unbelievable for the price. Right out of the box it was just about perfect. Just tuned it up, and to my surprise the intonation was almost perfect, a little adjusting at the bridge and the harmonics and notation at the twelfth fret was right on. And, this thing stays in tune. Really can't say enough good things about this axe. The action is just as good as a Ricky and the neck is wider and easier to play. Just buy this thing !!

         
        5.0

        Sounds great!

        By NR the crab

        from Tampa, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          While there are not a whole lot of 12-string songs out there, the ones that are out there simply don't sound the same on a 6-string. This guitar sounds just great on Beatles songs, the one song by Bon Jovi that I have tried so far, and even Annie's song by John Denver.

           
          5.0

          Awesome Value!

          By CHRISTOPHER

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

          I've always wanted a 12 string electric but in my budget range either the quality and playability wasn't there or the price was out of reach. Until I discovered the Danelectro. I saw the great reviews, and considering Guitar Center's liberal return policy, I thought I'd give it a try. I couldn't be happier (unless I maybe bought a Rickenbacker). I like the retro look, and LOVE the playability and tone! In my very humble opinion it's one of the best guitar values of ANY type.

           
          5.0

          A Gem

          By Chris

          from Mesa, Arizona

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • Value for the money

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            This is my first electric 12 string and I couldn't be happier! Yes the body "mystery material" doesn't elevate this guitar to elite status , but it IS kind of retro-cool looking and the way it plays and sounds is amazing!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            not for me

            By eric

            from undisclosed

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Danelectro 12SDC 12-String Electric Guitar:

            I'm no pro, so take my comments like a grain of sand. I'm looking for a certain tone and sound and this guitar just does not have it for me. it feels cheap, looks a bit cheap and has that tin twang sound. On the flip side, it can produce an interesting sound with effect pedals, but then it's a one trick pony. For me the main thing is the sound.

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