Danelectro Guitars, Basses, Amps, and Effects Pedals

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Danelectro guitars Danelectro is a manufacturer of musical instruments and accessories, specializing in rock instruments such as guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers and effects units. Danelectro was founded by Nathan Daniel in 1947; throughout the late 1940s, the company produced amplifiers for Sears, Roebuck and Company and Montgomery Ward. In 1954, Danelectro started producing the Danelectro lines of solidbody electric guitars and amplifiers, and also working as a jobber, that is producing guitars and amps by contract, that were branded not with the Danelectro name, but with the names of various store brands, such as Silvertone and Airline. Later hollow-bodied guitars distinguished by Silvertones' maroon vinyl covering, Danelectros' light tweed covering, the concentric stacked tone/volume knobs used on the two-pickup models of both series, and the "lipstick-tube" pickups aimed to produce no-frills guitars of reasonably good tone at low cost.

In 1956, Danelectro introduced the six-string electric bass, 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 bass lines. In 1966, Danelectro was sold to MCA. A year later, in 1967, the Coral line was introduced, known for its hollow-bodies and electric sitars. 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 1990's, the Evets Corporation started selling primarily copies of old Silvertone and Danelectro guitars and newly designed effects pedals, and small amplifiers. After initially selling well, guitar sales slowed down 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.

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 may be equipped with a power adapter. 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. 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.


59-DC/'59 Dano Standard Double Pickup Reissue Baritone Model 1449
Baritone 6-String Reissue
Convertible Reissue
Dane A Series
Dane B Series
Dane C Series
Dane D Series
DC-12/Electric XII
Deluxe Double Pickup
Deluxe Triple Pickup
Doubleneck (3923)
Doubleneck Reissue
Electric Sitar
Guitaralin (4123)
Hand Vibrato Single/Double Pickup
Model C
Pro 1
Pro Reissue
Standard Single Pickup
Standard Double Pickup
U-1 '56 Reissue
U-2 '56 Reissue
U-3 '56 Reissue

Bass Guitars

'58 Longhorn Reissue / Longhorn Pro Bass
'58 Shorthorn
Model 1444L Bass
Model 3412 Shorthorn Bass
Model 3412 Shorthorn 6-String Bass
Model 4423 Longhorn Bass
UB-2 6-String Bass


Cadet Amp
Challenger Amp
DM-10 Amp
DM-25 Amp
DS-50 Amp
DS-100 Amp
DTR-40 Amp
Model 68 Special Amp
Model 72 Centurion Amp
Model 89 Amp
Model 98 Twin 12 Amp
Model 132 Corporal Amp
Model 142 Viscount Amp
Model 143 Viscount Amp
Model 217 Twin-Fifteen Amp
Model 274 Centurion Amp
Model 275 Centurion Amp
Model 291 Explorer Amp
Model 300 Twin-Twelve Amp
Model 354 Twin-Twelve Amp


Chicken Salad Vibrato
Cool Cat Chorus
Corned Beef Reverb
Daddy-O Overdrive
Dan Echo
Fab Tone Distortion
Reverb Unit