Danelectro Shorthorn Model 3412 Electric Bass Guitar (1965)

Danelectro  Shorthorn Model 3412 Electric Bass Guitar  (1965)
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Danelectro Shorthorn Model 3412 Model Electric Bass Guitar (1965), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 1035, copper lacquer with white vinyl edging finish, Masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

This is a fine playing and all original example of the classic Danelectro "Shorthorn" Standard model 4-string bass, the company's most "bassic" low end tool. These compact creations are not the rarest of old Dan-o's but usually turn up much more worn than this one! This copper-top beauty is a fairly late model, dating to 1965 but still with all the "classic" Dan-o features: semi-hollow Masonite and pine body, white pebble vinyl side covering, "seal" shaped Masonite pickguard and a single lipstick tube pickup with tone and volume controls and 3-way tone modifier switch.

The short 15-fret neck has Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, with the famous "coke bottle" headstock stenciled with the vertical "Danelectro" logo and mounting the company's own "skate key" tuners. These "Shorthorn" models were a garage band classic in the 1960s, as accurately portrayed in the film "That Thing You Do". Than and now they are super easy playing, great sounding and easy to handle basses with the traditional Danno twang factor, even with a single pickup.
Overall length is 38 1/4 in. (97.2 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 11/16 in. (4.3 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 1/2 in. (749 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This bass is quite clean overall and remains all original with no modifications. There is one old repair, to two small hairline grain splits on the back of the neck behind the first and second frets that have been sealed up neatly. This is a solid repair with no overfinish or touch up so is visible and can be felt, but is not an ongoing issue. The finish overall is quite clean with some small chips and dings mostly on the headstock edges. The vinyl edging is very nicely preserved, there is a bit of odd staining on the pickguard around the jack and pickup. Not absolutely perfect but this is still a lovely example overall, far better preserved than most and about the best playing of these we have ever had with a nice straight neck and no fret wear at all. It even includes the original chipboard case in functional shape. Overall Excellent Condition.