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 Q: I need to contact the Danelectro company regarding a warranty issue or replacement part.

A: For warranty issues, parts for effects, pedals or other Danelectro accessories go to: www.danelectro.com/service.html

 

 Q: I want to properly set up my Danelectro Guitar, Bass and Baritone. Do you have any specs or measurements to assist in doing this?

A: Methods of Measurement:
All measurements with guitar in playing position, no exceptions, guitar cannot be laid flat on a table or workbench to make measurements. All strings must be tuned to pitch when measurements are made.

Action: Measured from top of 12th fret to bottom of string with 6" steel rule in 1/64" increments
For Bass and Baritone there are measurements for the low and high strings. The inner strings will graduate in height and follow the fingerboard radius.

Truss rod: Capo 1st fret and fret low E string at 15th fret. Measure space between the top of the 7th fret and bottom of string with feeler gauge.

Nut height: Measure space between top of first fret and bottom of each string with feeler gauge.

Pickup height: measure space from the top of the pickup to the bottom of the low and high E strings using the 6" steel rule in 1/64" increments.

GUITAR SPECS:

Action: set to 2/32" at the 12th fret for all strings 
Truss rod:  0.010"
Nut height: at 1st fret: 0.018"
 
Pickup Height:
Bridge: 3/64" top of pickup to bottom of string
Neck  : 4/64" top of pickup to bottom of string
 
BARITONE SPECS: 
 
Action: set to 5/64" at 6th string (low string) not to exceed 6/64"
                   4/64" at 1st string (high string) not to exceed 5/64"
 
Truss rod:   0.010" - 0.012"
Nut height: at 1st fret: 0.020”

Pickup Height:
Bridge: 2/32" top of pickup to bottom of string
Neck  : 4/32" top of pickup to bottom of string

BASS SPECS:

Action: set to 8/64" at 4th string (low string) at the 12th fret
                  6/64" at 1st string (high string) at the 12th fret
 
Truss rod:  0.012" - 0.015"
 
Nut height: at 1st fret: 0.022"
                  
Pickup Height:
Bridge: 2/32" top of pickup to bottom of string
Neck  : 4/32" top of pickup to bottom of string

 Q: How do I remove the seal shaped pickguard on my DC?

A: The "seal" pickguard has double sided tape holding it on. Take a metal spatula
and slide it under the pickguard. Move the spatula around while you lift and pry off carefully. You can also heat up the pickguard a bit with a blowdryer to help loosen up the adhesive on the tape.

 Q: It seems the rosewood saddle bridge on Danelectro has become bent/distorted. Should I replace it with a new one?

 

 

 

 

A: Bending or curving of these bridges seems to be common. Unless you are having problems with string buzzing you might as well leave it on. Many players replace the rosewood bridge with the adjustable SB-5800 bridge as it will not bend, makes stringing easier and keeps the guitar in tune better and allows for intonation.

 Q: Will the SB-5800 bridge  work on a baritone?

A: No. The SB-5800 bridge will not accomodate the larger gauge of baritone strings. Unfortunately, Danelectro baritone bridges are not currently available. 

 Q: What are some of the differences between a 59-DC first reissue manufactured between 1998-2001 and a '59 Dano second reissue from 2007?
 
A: Here's what makes the 2007 '59 Dano different from the first reissue 59-DC. Unlike the first reissues that were made in Korea, the 2007 '59's were made in China. It is approximately one pound heavier at 6.6 versus 5.5 lbs; has somewhat hotter/louder pickups; different shape headstock; upgraded (Gotoh style) tuners; fully adjustable and intonable bridge; wider/thicker neck; upgraded toggle switch; input jack is now on the side rather than on the front; single volume and tone controls have replaced the concentric controls; matte pickups and hardware as opposed to shiny chrome; matte finish; aged looking side binding tape and seal pickguard for a vintage look.
 
 
 Q: I've noticed that some of the reissues are made in Korea and some China. Is there a quality difference or preference?

A:  As of this writing, only the 2007 and upcoming 2008 models are made in
China. The 1998-2001 reissues, such as the DC-3 you inquired about were made
in Korea. Some of the 1998 59-DC's and 56-U2's were made in Indonesia.
Regardless of where any of these were made, for the most part all are nice quality with decent factory set-ups using 10 gauge strings across the board on the guitars.

Contrary to the perception of Chinese made guitars, in my humble opinion the quality control on these newer Danos is as good as the earlier reissues. They are however, very different guitars in many respects. Let's face it, you can't compare a vintage Dano made in Neptune, New Jersey with any Dano that's been made since!

 
 Q. I own a 59-DC and the side tape is lifting up especially around the cutaway areas. Is there anyway I can repair this without cutting the tape or replacing it?

A. On the vintage Danos the side binding tape was necessary to hide a seam in the body. On the newer models it's strictly decorative and keeps that vintage vibe going. On these newer Danos, inparticular the 59-DC first reissue, the problem with the side binding tape lifting or bubbling is usually caused by tape shrinkage due to changes in temperature and/or humidity. This is of course strictly an aesthetic issue. Nevertheless it's annoying so you'll want to remedy the situation.

Try taking a blow dryer and heating the tape, being careful not to overheat and melt it. While the tape is warming, begin pressing it down while at the same time rubbing it with your fingers. Keep up this pressing/rubbing motion until the tape cools a bit. Sometimes it helps to put a soft cloth between your fingers and the guitar while rubbing. If there was enough glue on the tape originally it may stay down, although this may only prove to be a temporary fix. Tape usually starts popping up again especially if the guitar gets cold.

If the blow dryer procedure doesn't have a lasting effect, try lifting up the tape and applying a very thin layer of super glue to the back of the tape using a toothpick or glue syringe. Do not spread the super glue right to the edge of the tape as it will get on the guitar when you press the tape down to affix it. (Note: Do not use expandable type glues as this may cause bumps under the tape). With the glue spread evenly on the tape, press down on the tape while simutaneously rubbing making sure you don't super glue your fingers to the body! Keep up this pressing/rubbing moting until the glue has bonded. Also, be careful not to allow any of the glue to leak out onto the body. You will never be able to remove dried super glue!

If the above repair does not produce satisfactory results you'll probably want to replace the tape.

 Q. How do you adjust the truss rod on Danelectro.

A: On the newer Danelectro models (1998-present), the neck must be removed for truss rod adjustment. Turn truss rod adjustment only 1/4 turn over a 24 hour period to avoid damage to the neck.

 Q: How do I know what year my Danelectro was manufactured?

A: There's no way to confirm an exact manufacturing date on any of the first Danelectro reissues. Curiously, there was no valid serial number system. The sticker that was applied on the back of the neck which appears to be a serial number, meant nothing. The first reissues were however made between 1998-2001. Some prototypes of these models were produced earlier in 1997. The DC-3, like the Mod 6 and the Hodad can not be considered re-issues as they have no predecessors. They were actually new models at the time of manufacturing.

More on Serial Numbers and dating vintage Danos

 Installation Tips for Adjustable/Intonating Bridge

This intonatable bridge has individual saddles. Each saddle has two screws, one for height adjustment and one which locks the saddle in place and allows the saddle to be positioned for correct intonation. It also seems to help sustain and resonance if you screw the central fixing screw hard down so the back of the bridge sits on the top of the body.

Installation tips: The two flathead screws go under the top of the bridge and NOT through the bridge holes. Bottom (roundhead) screw goes through bridge hole. Screw in the two flathead top screws so that the underside of the bridge is a minimum of 1/16 inch distance away from the body of the guitar. Start bottom side adjustment of bridge so that you can slide a medium thickness pick between the bridge and the body. Fine tune your installation adjustments from here.

Tip for adjusting the bridge: The locking screw sits directly under the string so to stop the saddle shooting forward you need to slacken the string before you unlock it. It also seems to help sustain and resonance if you screw the central fixing screw hard down so the back of the bridge sits on the top of the body.

Note: The neck must be removed for truss rod adjustment. Turn truss rod adjustment only 1/4 turn over a 24 hour period to avoid damage to the neck.

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 Installation Tips for Rosewood Saddle Bridge

Installation tips: The two flathead screws go under the top of the bridge and NOT through the bridge holes. Bottom (roundhead) screw goes through bridge hole. Screw in the two flathead top screws so that the underside of the bridge is a minimum of 1/16 inch distance away from the body of the guitar. Start bottom side adjustment of bridge so that you can slide a medium thickness pick between the bridge and the body. Fine tune your adjustments from here. The neck must be removed to access the truss rod. Turn truss rod adjustment only 1/4 turn over a 24 hour period to avoid damage to the neck.

 Q: What is the wire in bridge screw hole?

I have a 1961 Silvertone. There is a thin wire that runs from the volume pot to a hole in the bridge block and up into the screw hole. What is this wire for, and is it in the right place?

A: That's a ground wire. The bridge screw needs to be touching it.

 Q: I have a vintage Danelectro/Silvertone amp in need of tubes.Is there a good source for replacement tubes? 

A: A couple of good sources for tubes are Mojo Musical Supply www.mojomusicalsupply.com or www.cedist.com.

 Q: How do I tighten the tremolo bar on the '67 Hornet?

On a workbench or table with a a protective mat:
1. Loosen all the strings and detach the ball ends from the bridge.
2. Remove rear circular plate on back of guitar. Pay attention to the order parts are being removed, i.e wingnut, washer, clamp, spring.
3. Unscrew the wing nut and the bridge will drop off.
4. Tighten the tremolo bar. Now you'll be able to get at the nut
5. Reassemble bridge and re-string. Make sure set screws are lined against the top two holes on the bridge before screwing in bridge again.
6. The spring can be tightened to any tension you prefer for the temolo.

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 Q: I recently purchased a damaged 56 U2 reissue.
The body has a separation between the top and back from the side. Is there a particular glue or epoxy you would recommend for a repair?


A: The glue used on a guitar is a very important factor as it must be very strong to hold together the mass of wood that is always under stress. I suppose there are a lot of opinions on this but one product that always seems to work well is Titebond Original Wood Glue. Don't use epoxy adhesives on wood as they don't stick well and you'll have a heck of a time removing the rock hard epoxy residue. Titebond Original Wood Glue is the answer for 99% of guitar repair jobs.

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