Danelectro Shorthorn Model 3612 Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1959)
Danelectro Shorthorn Model 3612 Model Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1959), made in Neptune, NJ, bronze lacquer finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, gig bag case. Item # 4182
A good-playing and original example of a fairly rare Danelectro. While the 'shorthorn' guitar and 4-string bass are fairly common as old Dan-o's go, this 6-string bass is a much more difficult find. This copper-top beauty is a very early model and has all the "classic" Dan-o features: semi-hollow masonite and pine body with rear "trap hatch" control access, white pebble vinyl side covering, clear celluloid pickguard with vinyl beneath and a single lipstick tube pickup with tone and volume controls and 3-way tone modifier switch. The short 15-fret neck with Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, the famous "coke bottle" headstock with vertical "Danelectro" logo. Great sounding with the classic Danno twang factor, even with a single pickup.
Overall length is 38 3/4 in. (98.4 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 7/16 in. (748 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). Overall very nice and a good player; original aluminum nut replaced with bone and rosewood bridge saddle is a well-fitted exact repro, all other hardware original except tuners, which are 1960's Kluson deluxe replacing the Waverly openbacks originally used. Some odd scratches and a few chips to top finish, general minor finish wear but does not appear to have been played much. A really good playing 6-string bass/baritone. Very Good + Condition.
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