Danelectro '56 Pro SP

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by mschafft, Oct 23, 2019.

  1. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    Jan 19, 2017
    I spotted one used for $250 in good condition but couldn't plug it in.
    The neck felt all right and the fretwork seemed good.
    I wonder if the lipstick pickups are RWRP.
    It looks just like this one. Any thoughts?
  2. Fredo

    Fredo Synchromatic

    Jan 18, 2010
    Georgia, USA
    My Chinese Dano had serious string imbalance problems with the bridge pickup, alone and in combo. Plug in before buying. With a Tele you can cut the heads off of a bunch of nails and stack them on the pole pieces. Not an option with lipsticks.
  3. loudnlousy

    loudnlousy Gretschified

    Oct 18, 2015
    I still remember when a vintage Danelectro of this type went for under 400 USD......
  4. mschafft

    mschafft Synchromatic

    Jan 19, 2017
    Thanks guys. Testing it plugged in seems in order...
  5. Ricochet

    Ricochet Senior Gretsch-Talker

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    I still remember when these were wall ornaments behind counters.

    I think I spend that amount on getting two Seymour Duncan lipstick pickups shipped overseas...

    I think originals never were RWRP, that’s why I opted for SDs.
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  6. RomanS

    RomanS Gretschie

    May 26, 2010
    Vienna, Austria
    I have a Dano 46 Pro reissue from an older series (shiny paint & hardware - mine's from around 2003 or 4) - those are all about the middle position; lipsticks sound a bit thin by themselves, but on twin-pickups Danos these are wired IN SERIES in the middle switch position (unlike 99% of all other guitars, where they are wired in parallel) - and that's a glorious twangy, clucky tone unlike most other guitars, great for anything from surf to Spaghetti Western to rockabilly.

    I turned mine into a baritone with a Danelectro baritone replacement neck; oh, and I replaced the bridge with a Tele-half-bridge, but only because I wanted to mount a Bigsby B5 (that didn't work, the thin top of that hollow guitar started to flex with the Bigsby...)
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  7. Highroller

    Highroller Country Gent

    Jun 11, 2015
    Portland, OR
    I doubt it very much. I've never heard Dano mention that in any specs, and you'd think they would if they were. They're fairly low output pups anyway, not too noisy to begin with. I've had a couple short-horns for years and don't think I've ever noticed any noise worth complaining about.

    They're fun guitars, definitely doing their own thing.
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