Danelectro 63 Reissue 1449Danelectro
Danelectro ‘63 Reissue 1449
Retro vibes and straight-up character never played so smooth… This Dano ‘63 harkens back to the early 60s when guitar lust was in full-swing, and you could pick up a half decent guitar right from the Sears catalogue! This particular axe weighs in at a feathery 5lb 8oz, is finished in a dazzling black sparkle, and features Danelectro’s signature ‘56 lipstick pickups. It’s funny to think that the lipstick pickup design was originally just a cost cutting strategy when Nat Daniel purchased a former lipstick factory. Funny because they’ve got a sound all their own and have developed quite the cult following over the past half-century - and with good reason too. They sound KILLER.
The neck pickup is round, with a full bodied bottom end that would make even Cher envious. The bridge position is bright and surfy, with a distinctive twang and a subtle sensibility. The middle position is my personal favorite tone though. I mean, can you say CHIME? With a clean tone the middle position has that hollowed out feel perfect for sitting in a mix. It cuts through where you need it to, but blends in just where it should. No matter how you slice it, this guitar really sings when run through a tube amp just on the point of break-up. Jangly, rich, and full of character. There’s something inspiring about the humble roots of the Dano ‘63. It’s not particularly fancy, but damn does it play. It’s got the sound, if you’ve got the songs you might just be a perfect match.