Episode 28: 1959 Danelectro DC-1 Shorthorn

Is it an accident that the Danelectro DC-1 Shorthorn has one of the most iconic tones in rock? The sheer number of Jimmy Page tunes recorded on one provides evidence enough of its uniqueness in tone, not to mention the DC-1’s of Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, Steve Earle, Amy Winehouse, and so many more, even Fat Mike on the bass version. Comprehensive List of Danelectro players

These old Danelectros were built out of a composite material, probably done to cut costs. The result was a unique sound that no one else had ever been able to produce. It’s jangly, but also with bold round tones, with a bit of bite. They also had great necks. Eddie Van Halen would use Danelectro necks on other guitars. It plays with ease. Shop our vintage guitars

The Danelectro brand has been given new life in modern history. A new Danelectro company is making the old model guitars, as well as some new ones. They are also a big maker of great pedals.
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