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Danelectro

Overview
Danelectro is an American manufacturer of musical instruments and accessories, specializing in rock instruments such as guitar
Guitar
The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with...

s, bass guitar
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

s, amplifier
Instrument amplifier
An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier that converts the often barely audible or purely electronic signal from musical instruments such as an electric guitar, an electric bass, or an electric keyboard into an electronic signal capable of driving a loudspeaker that can be heard by the...

s and effects unit
Effects unit
Effects units are electronic devices that alter how a musical instrument or other audio source sounds. Some effects subtly "color" a sound, while others transform it dramatically. Effects are used during live performances or in the studio, typically with electric guitar, keyboard and bass...

s.

Danelectro was founded by Nathan Daniel in 1947; throughout the late 1940s, the company produced amplifiers
Instrument amplifier
An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier that converts the often barely audible or purely electronic signal from musical instruments such as an electric guitar, an electric bass, or an electric keyboard into an electronic signal capable of driving a loudspeaker that can be heard by the...

 for Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, officially named Sears, Roebuck and Co., is an American chain of department stores which was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in the late 19th century...

 and Montgomery Ward
Montgomery Ward
Montgomery Ward is an online retailer that carries the same name as the former American department store chain, founded as the world's #1 mail order business in 1872 by Aaron Montgomery Ward, and which went out of business in 2001...

. In 1954, Danelectro started producing the Danelectro lines of solidbody electric guitars
Electric guitar
An electric guitar is a guitar that uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction to convert vibrations of its metal strings into electric audio signals. The signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker, so it is amplified before sending it to a loudspeaker...

 and amplifiers. The company was also contracted to make guitars and amplifiers that were branded not with the Danelectro name, but with the names of various store brands, such as Silvertone
Silvertone (instruments)
Silvertone was the brand name used by Sears, Roebuck and Company for its line of sound equipment from 1915 to 1972. A hand-cranked phonograph was introduced under the Silvertone brand by Sears in 1915...

 and Airline.
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Danelectro is an American manufacturer of musical instruments and accessories, specializing in rock instruments such as guitar
Guitar
The guitar is a plucked string instrument, usually played with fingers or a pick. The guitar consists of a body with a rigid neck to which the strings, generally six in number, are attached. Guitars are traditionally constructed of various woods and strung with animal gut or, more recently, with...

s, bass guitar
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

s, amplifier
Instrument amplifier
An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier that converts the often barely audible or purely electronic signal from musical instruments such as an electric guitar, an electric bass, or an electric keyboard into an electronic signal capable of driving a loudspeaker that can be heard by the...

s and effects unit
Effects unit
Effects units are electronic devices that alter how a musical instrument or other audio source sounds. Some effects subtly "color" a sound, while others transform it dramatically. Effects are used during live performances or in the studio, typically with electric guitar, keyboard and bass...

s.

History


Danelectro was founded by Nathan Daniel in 1947; throughout the late 1940s, the company produced amplifiers
Instrument amplifier
An instrument amplifier is an electronic amplifier that converts the often barely audible or purely electronic signal from musical instruments such as an electric guitar, an electric bass, or an electric keyboard into an electronic signal capable of driving a loudspeaker that can be heard by the...

 for Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, Roebuck and Company
Sears, officially named Sears, Roebuck and Co., is an American chain of department stores which was founded by Richard Warren Sears and Alvah Curtis Roebuck in the late 19th century...

 and Montgomery Ward
Montgomery Ward
Montgomery Ward is an online retailer that carries the same name as the former American department store chain, founded as the world's #1 mail order business in 1872 by Aaron Montgomery Ward, and which went out of business in 2001...

. In 1954, Danelectro started producing the Danelectro lines of solidbody electric guitars
Electric guitar
An electric guitar is a guitar that uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction to convert vibrations of its metal strings into electric audio signals. The signal generated by an electric guitar is too weak to drive a loudspeaker, so it is amplified before sending it to a loudspeaker...

 and amplifiers. The company was also contracted to make guitars and amplifiers that were branded not with the Danelectro name, but with the names of various store brands, such as Silvertone
Silvertone (instruments)
Silvertone was the brand name used by Sears, Roebuck and Company for its line of sound equipment from 1915 to 1972. A hand-cranked phonograph was introduced under the Silvertone brand by Sears in 1915...

 and Airline. Later hollow-bodied guitars (constructed out of Masonite
Masonite
Masonite is a type of hardboard invented by William H. Mason.-History:Masonite was invented in 1924 in Laurel, Mississippi, by William H. Mason. Mass production started in 1929. In the 1930s and 1940s Masonite was used for many applications including doors, roofing, walls, desktops, and canoes...

 and plywood
Plywood
Plywood is a type of manufactured timber made from thin sheets of wood veneer. It is one of the most widely used wood products. It is flexible, inexpensive, workable, re-usable, and can usually be locally manufactured...

 to save costs and increase production speed), distinguished by Silvertone's maroon
Maroon (color)
Maroon is a dark red color.-Etymology:Maroon is derived from French marron .The first recorded use of maroon as a color name in English was in 1789.-Maroon :...

 vinyl
Vinyl
A vinyl compound is any organic compound that contains a vinyl group ,which are derivatives of ethene, CH2=CH2, with one hydrogen atom replaced with some other group...

 covering, Danelectro's light tweed
Tweed
Tweed may refer to:* Tweed , a woolen fabric* Tweed, Ontario, a municipality in Canada** Tweed, Ontario , the urban centre of the municipality* Tweed , a series of Fender amplifiers...

 covering, the concentric
Concentric
Concentric objects share the same center, axis or origin with one inside the other. Circles, tubes, cylindrical shafts, disks, and spheres may be concentric to one another...

 stacked tone/volume knobs used on the two-pickup models of both series, and the "lipstick-tube" pickups—invented by placing the entire mechanism into spare lipstick tubes—aimed to produce no-frills guitars of reasonably good tone at low cost. In 1956, Danelectro introduced the six-string electric bass
Bass guitar
The bass guitar is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers or thumb , or by using a pick....

, which would be adopted by other companies such as Fender with the Fender VI. The six string bass never proved especially popular but found an enduring niche in Nashville as the instrument of choice for "Tic-tac
Baritone guitar
The baritone guitar is a variation on the standard guitar, with a longer scale length that allows it to be tuned to a lower range. It first appeared in the classical music realm...

" bass lines. In 1966, Danelectro was sold to MCA
Music Corporation of America
MCA, Inc. was an American talent agency. Initially starting in the music business, they would next become a dominant force in the film business, and later expanded into the television business...

. A year later, the Coral line, known for its hollow-bodies and electric sitar
Electric sitar
An electric sitar is a kind of electric guitar designed to mimic the sound of the traditional Indian instrument, the sitar. Depending on the manufacturer and model, these instruments bear varying degrees of resemblance to the traditional sitar...

s, was introduced. In 1969, the Danelectro plant was closed, due to MCA's attempt to market Danelectros to small guitar shops rather than large department stores.

In the late 1990s, the Evets Corporation started selling primarily copies of old Silvertone
Silvertone (instruments)
Silvertone was the brand name used by Sears, Roebuck and Company for its line of sound equipment from 1915 to 1972. A hand-cranked phonograph was introduced under the Silvertone brand by Sears in 1915...

 and Danelectro guitars, as well as newly designed effects pedals and small amplifiers. After initially selling well, guitar sales slowed to the point where Danelectro stopped selling guitars after 2001, opting to concentrate on effects pedals. In 2006, the new owners of Evets decided on a new marketing model for the guitars, selling a limited number of guitars each year.

Amplifiers

  • Danelectro Amp-in-case
    Danelectro Amp-in-case
    The Danelectro Amp-In-Case, properly known as Solid-body Electric Guitar with "All-in-one" Amplifier-Case or Silvertone 1448/1449/1451/1452/1457 is a line of guitar sets introduced from 1962 to 1968. It was sold for $67.95 , sometimes including a 45 rpm how-to-play record, as part of Sears Silvertone...

    , 1962-1969
  • Danelectro Commando
    Danelectro Commando
    The Danelectro Commando is a combo guitar amplifier manufactured by Danelectro in 1954–1960. There is some evidence that it is one of the amplifiers used by Little Walter....

  • Danelectro Master-Slave
  • Danelectro Honeytone (current)
  • Danelectro Honeytone e-Studio (current)

1954-1969


  • Danelectro C
    Danelectro C
    The Danelectro C model guitars were the first instruments designed by Danelectro, coming in both single and dual pickup versions. Designed by 1953, they were put into production and retailed from 1954 to 1955 until being replaced by the Danelectro U model in 1956.Unlike most all the later...

  • Danelectro U1
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...

  • Danelectro U2
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...

  • Danelectro Shorthorn
    Danelectro Shorthorn
    The Danelectro Shorthorn line of guitars are a dual cutaway hollow bodied design, made of Masonite and poplar. The original models were introduced in 1959 to replace the U model guitars, and were in production until the closure of the Danelectro company in 1969.There have been multiple re-issues of...

    , Which includes the following model range:
    • Standard models (Single Pickup: 3011,3012; Dual Pickups: 3021,3022,5025)
    • Deluxe models (Dual Pickups: 6026,6027,6028; Treble Pickups: 6036, 6037, 6038)
    • Vibrato models (Single Pickup: 4011; Dual Pickups: 4021;)
  • Danelectro Amp-in-case
    Danelectro Amp-in-case
    The Danelectro Amp-In-Case, properly known as Solid-body Electric Guitar with "All-in-one" Amplifier-Case or Silvertone 1448/1449/1451/1452/1457 is a line of guitar sets introduced from 1962 to 1968. It was sold for $67.95 , sometimes including a 45 rpm how-to-play record, as part of Sears Silvertone...

  • Dano Pro
    Danelectro Dano Pro
    The Danelectro Dano Pro, also called a Dano Pro is an electric guitar made by Danelectro from 1959 to 1964 and reissued in 2007. The original was a 3/4 scale guitar with a single lipstick tube pickup, made by putting the pickup in surplus lipstick tubes purchased from a cosmetics supplier. The...

  • Danelectro Baritone
  • Guitarlin
  • Stan & Dan
  • Innuendo Baritone
  • Longhorn Baritone
  • Vinnie Bell
    Vinnie Bell
    Vinnie Bell is a leading American session guitarist and pioneer of electronic effects in pop music.He played in nightclubs in New York City in the late 1950s...

     Bellzouki (12-string electric guitar with body based on the bouzouki
    Bouzouki
    The bouzouki , is a musical instrument with Greek origin in the lute family. A mainstay of modern Greek music, the front of the body is flat and is usually heavily inlaid with mother-of-pearl. The instrument is played with a plectrum and has a sharp metallic sound, reminiscent of a mandolin but...

    )

1998-2001

  • 59 DC
    Danelectro Shorthorn
    The Danelectro Shorthorn line of guitars are a dual cutaway hollow bodied design, made of Masonite and poplar. The original models were introduced in 1959 to replace the U model guitars, and were in production until the closure of the Danelectro company in 1969.There have been multiple re-issues of...

  • 6 string bass
  • Danelectro Baritone
  • Convertible
  • Danelectro DC-12
  • DC-3
  • DC Bass
  • Danelectro Doubleneck
  • Guitarlin
  • Hodad
  • Hodad Bass
  • Longhorn Baritone
  • Longhorn Bass
  • Mod
  • Mod 7 (seven-string)
  • Shorthorn Bass
  • U1
  • U2
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...

  • U3
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...


2006-current

  • 56 Pro
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...

     2006
  • Longhorn Guitar 2006
  • Longhorn Bass 2006
  • Dano Pro
    Danelectro Dano Pro
    The Danelectro Dano Pro, also called a Dano Pro is an electric guitar made by Danelectro from 1959 to 1964 and reissued in 2007. The original was a 3/4 scale guitar with a single lipstick tube pickup, made by putting the pickup in surplus lipstick tubes purchased from a cosmetics supplier. The...

     2007
  • 59 Dano
    Danelectro Shorthorn
    The Danelectro Shorthorn line of guitars are a dual cutaway hollow bodied design, made of Masonite and poplar. The original models were introduced in 1959 to replace the U model guitars, and were in production until the closure of the Danelectro company in 1969.There have been multiple re-issues of...

     2007
  • Dano '63
    Danelectro Amp-in-case
    The Danelectro Amp-In-Case, properly known as Solid-body Electric Guitar with "All-in-one" Amplifier-Case or Silvertone 1448/1449/1451/1452/1457 is a line of guitar sets introduced from 1962 to 1968. It was sold for $67.95 , sometimes including a 45 rpm how-to-play record, as part of Sears Silvertone...

     2008
  • Dano '63 Baritone
    Danelectro Amp-in-case
    The Danelectro Amp-In-Case, properly known as Solid-body Electric Guitar with "All-in-one" Amplifier-Case or Silvertone 1448/1449/1451/1452/1457 is a line of guitar sets introduced from 1962 to 1968. It was sold for $67.95 , sometimes including a 45 rpm how-to-play record, as part of Sears Silvertone...

     2008
  • Dano '63 Bass
    Danelectro Amp-in-case
    The Danelectro Amp-In-Case, properly known as Solid-body Electric Guitar with "All-in-one" Amplifier-Case or Silvertone 1448/1449/1451/1452/1457 is a line of guitar sets introduced from 1962 to 1968. It was sold for $67.95 , sometimes including a 45 rpm how-to-play record, as part of Sears Silvertone...

     2008
  • "Dead On '67" Guitar 2009
  • "Dead On '67" Baritone 2009
  • "Dead On '58" Longhorn Bass 2009
  • DC-12
    Danelectro Shorthorn
    The Danelectro Shorthorn line of guitars are a dual cutaway hollow bodied design, made of Masonite and poplar. The original models were introduced in 1959 to replace the U model guitars, and were in production until the closure of the Danelectro company in 1969.There have been multiple re-issues of...

     2009
  • 59-DC
    Danelectro Shorthorn
    The Danelectro Shorthorn line of guitars are a dual cutaway hollow bodied design, made of Masonite and poplar. The original models were introduced in 1959 to replace the U model guitars, and were in production until the closure of the Danelectro company in 1969.There have been multiple re-issues of...

     2009
  • '56 Single Cutaway
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...

     2010
  • '56 Single Cutaway Bass
    Danelectro U2
    The Danelectro U2 is a dual-pickup hollow bodied guitar made of Masonite and shaped similar to a Les Paul model guitar.It was originally made from the years 1956 to 1958 but was re-issued in the late 90s, in 2006 in a slightly modified form as the '56 Pro, and again in 2010 as the '56 Single...

     2010
  • Wild Thing Guitar 2011
  • Wild Thing Baritone 2011
  • Wild Thing Bass 2011

Effects pedals


Today, Danelectro primarily produces effect pedals. There are eight main runs of pedals: original effects, FAB effects, mini effects, vintage effects, Wasabi effects, Paisley effects, Cool Cat effects and other miscellaneous effects. All run on 9V batteries or power adapters. The original effects featured metal enclosures and FET switching. Cool Cat models are the most recent pedals, designed with metal enclosures and true-bypass switching. Danelectro has begun rolling out Cool Cat V2 pedals, featuring extra 'under the hood' features. Mini effects pedals are smaller, compact pedals with effects resembling those of the original effects and the FAB effects. Vintage effects include the large, rectangular Spring King and Reel Echo effect pedals. The discontinued Paisley series featured paisley-patterned drive effects in original style enclosures. The Wasabi series features large, futuristic-looking metal enclosures. FAB effects are the cheapest of the bunch, and feature plastic enclosures somewhat larger than the Mini effects series.

Recently, a carrying case was developed to hold up to five mini effects in it. When the player is ready to play, the top may be removed and the bottom acts as a pedals board. Despite the many advantages of the mini effects, FAB effects are the ones primarily seen today. The Mini effects are often praised for their high quality tones, but the plastic construction makes them fragile.

Original effects

  • Daddy O. Overdrive (notably used by Mike Campbell)
  • Cool Cat Chorus
  • FAB Tone Distortion
  • Dan-Echo Simulated Tape Echo
  • Dan-O-Matic Tuner

FAB effects


The FAB series of guitar effect pedals is a budget range of pedals made by the Danelectro company that are manufactured in China. The series was launched in 2005 with the release of the FAB 1 Distortion, FAB 2 Overdrive and the FAB 3 Metal pedals.
There are currently eight pedals available all of which share the same distinctive injection moulded plastic casing and blue LED light. Each pedal has a mains power DC9 socket or can be powered using a 9v battery, access for which involves removing the rubber covered metal base plate.

  • FAB 1 Distortion


Reputedly based on a distortion pedal that was produced by a small Japanese effects manufacturer in the 1970s, the FAB 1 is a housed in a red enclosure and features three controls:

Level: This control sets the level of the output to the amplifier.

Tone: Rotate this control to adjust the EQ.

Distortion: Use this control to set the amount of Distortion.

  • FAB 2 Overdrive

The FAB 2 is also reputedly based on the Nadine overdrive pedal that was commissioned in 1975 by the Mom & Dad music store in California and is apparently favoured by Brian Setzer. Contained in a silvery grey coloured enclosure, the FAB 2 is essentially an overdrive pedal that is designed to simulate the breakup that occurs when a tube amp is pushed to its full volume.

The FAB 2 also features three controls:

Level: This control sets the level of the output to the amplifier.

Tone: Rotate this control to adjust the EQ.

Overdrive: Use this control to set the amount of Overdrive.

  • FAB 3 Metal

Described by Danelectro as ‘Bold, combative, hostile, belligerent... Explosive’, the FAB 3 is basically a hi-gain distortion unit housed in black enclosure with three controls:

Level: This control sets the level of the output to the amplifier.

Tone: Rotate this control to adjust the EQ.

Gain: Use this control to set the amount of Distortion.

  • FAB 4 Echo


The FAB 4 is an echo pedal rather than a delay pedal. The difference is that the sound it delivers is built on short repeats rather than long repeats that are characteristic of modern digital delays. This sound is reminiscent of the slapback echo heard on early rock and roll records.

The FAB echo also differs from the rest of the range in that it only has two control knobs:

Repeat: This control allows you to set the number of echoes from one echo (a single “slap”) at the minimum setting to a great number of echoes at the maximum setting.

Mix: This control allows you to mix in some dry signal with the delayed signal. At minimum setting, there will be almost no echo effect. At the maximum setting, there will be only the echo sound.
  • FAB Flanger
  • FAB Chorus
  • FAB Fuzz
  • FAB Delay

Mini effects

  • Pastrami Overdrive
  • T-Bone Distortion
  • BLT Slap Echo
  • Corned Beef Reverb
  • Tuna Melt Tremolo
  • Hash Browns Flanger
  • Pepperoni Phaser
  • Milkshake Chorus
  • Surf and Turf Compressor
  • Grilled Cheese Distortion
  • Pedal Tuner
  • Chili Dog Octave
  • Fish and Chips 7-Band EQ
  • Chicken Salad Vibrato
  • French Toast Octave Distortion
  • PB&J Delay
  • Rocky Road Spinning Speaker
  • Black Coffee Metal Distortion
  • French Fries Auto-Wah
  • Black Licorice Beyond Metal

Wasabi effects

  • Wasabi Overdrive
  • Wasabi Distortion
  • Wasabi Rock-A-Bye
  • Wasabi Forward-Reverse Delay
  • Wasabi Chorus-Trem

Miscellaneous effects

  • Shift Daddy
  • Trip-L Wah
  • Dan-O-Wah
  • Free Speech Talk Box
  • Psycho Flanger
  • Sitar Swami
  • Back Talk Reverse Delay

Cool Cat effects

  • Tremolo
  • Vibe
  • Metal
  • Fuzz
  • Fuzz V2
  • Drive
  • Drive V2
  • Transparent Overdrive
  • Transparent Overdrive V2
  • Distortion
  • Metal II
  • Chorus

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