Danelectro Standard Shorthorn Model 3612 Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1964)

Danelectro  Standard Shorthorn Model 3612 Electric 6-String Bass Guitar  (1964)
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Danelectro Standard Shorthorn Model 3612 Model Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1964), made in Neptune, NJ, serial # 3034, bronze lacquer finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown alligator chipboard case.

This is a nicely preserved, all original example of a relatively uncommon Danelectro creation. While the original Shorthorn guitar and the matching 4-string bass are fairly common finds as old Dan-o's go, the 6-string bass version was made in far smaller numbers than either and is much less commonly encountered. This copper-top beauty is a fine example of the Model 3612 and has all the "classic" 1960s Dan-o features: the semi-hollow Masonite and pine body topped with the "seal"-shaped white Masonite pickguard, white pebble vinyl side covering, two-piece metal strap buttons, and white plastic ridged knobs.

The single lipstick tube pickup is controlled with a volume and tone knob, the latter mated to a 3-way tone modifier switch that offers two different roll-off settings for bass and treble. The short 15-fret neck has a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and is topped with the trademark "coke bottle" headstock. This is adorned with a vertical silver Danelectro logo, "Totally Shielded" sticker, and fitted with openback Waverly strip tuners. This is a great-sounding 6-string bass/Baritone guitar with the classic Dan-o twang factor, even with only a single pickup.
 
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 1/2 in. (749 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

Overall this is a relatively clean, all original example of this 6-string twanger with some typical light wear and no notable repairs or alterations. There are some small chips and dings to the finish and one noticeable scrape on the top, and some light greening to the metallic paint in spots. The back of the neck has some typical "greened" and worn-away areas; the metallic copper color coat was sprayed OVER the clearcoat, so it wears very quickly on contact with the hand.

Even so, this is one of the nicer of these 6-string Shorthorns we have had and a fine instrument, especially considering it's made mostly of Masonite! It is currently set up in the original 6-string bass (E-E) configuration but can be easily adapted for Baritone (B-B or A-A) tuning if desired. It includes the original brown alligator-grain chipboard case. Excellent - Condition.