Danelectro’s funky, low-cost, high-style guitars have ridden a real roller coaster of popularity over the years, with the initial re-release of some of their early models selling like hot cakes, only to find the guitars languishing on guitar store shelves just a few years later.
For myself, I’ve always been a closet fan of Danelectro’s instruments, if for no other reason than their insistence on continually bucking the trend in guitar design (who can forget the iconic Longhorn Bass?) and with the resurgence of interest in all things retro I think we can expect to see new Danos on the shelves for a long time to come.
Unfortunately, the guitars are still fairly difficult to come by, and while I’ve enjoyed the various video demos of the new Danelectros from NAMM, nothing can replace getting a guitar into your hot little hands…
So I was happy to see that Vintage Guitar Magazine has published a hands-on review of the ’56 Pro––Danelectro’s homage to their own mid-’50s era six-strings, complete with a plywood body (that’s masonite on the top & back,) maple neck, and a pair of singlecoil “lipstick tube” pickups.
Another quality, in-depth review from Vintage Guitar… check it out.