The world famous Danelectro 56 U-1
REDUCED - $300 USD
Testimonial: "The '56 Danelectro U-1 reissue is awesome. The single pickup is warm with plenty of midrange, and the concentric tone/volume pot is sensitive enough to pick up even the most subtle adjustments. I put GHS nickel rockers on it like you guys recommended and it is a tone machine. The guys in my band keep looking over at me in disbelief that this little guitar with the single pickup can get so many tonal varieties. It really nails that '50's tone. / J.G. Silva, New Mexico "
Every serious player plans to buy a 56-U2 (if they haven't already). However, The U1 is way better than the U2 because the Pick Up is in the sweet spot. This 56-U1 brings back the great Danelectro single pickup sound immensely popular in the 50's and 60's. The angled Lipstick¨ pickup has incredible tone. Great lows, hollow mids, searing highs. Stacked tone and volume controls. Same great hollow body construction as the Original U 1 model. Weight is about 5.5 lbs.
This guitar has a lot of top end slice and midrange bark, based on your attack, and the electronics don't obscure that voice. The placement of the pickup seems to be between the standard Strat neck and middle positions, so the guitar has an idiosyncratic mix of neck pickup roundness and middle pickup clarity, plus some shimmer of a Strat, that works well for early rock and roll lead and rhythm, soul rhythm, British pop, and Old School style blues.
When used as a slide guitar, it's "KILLER". The metal nut, masonite construction and hollow inside creates a beautiful, clean, loud resonating tone, perfect for slide guitar. However, I prefer overdriving the amp or using a pedal with a little or a lot of dirt . This guitar is fully payable as rhythm or lead too.
From what I have read, these 56 U 1 Danelectro reissues were discontinued in 1999, and prices immediately began climbing. At just $250, this excellent condition 1998 U1 is still an incredible bargain. The highly desirable finish is teamed with the classic Dano white edge binding, making this U1 the Joe Cool of all the cool guitars.
Vintage-style ridge back deluxe Gotoh tuners, plus a gloriously wide rosewood fingerboard that is so lightly radiused, (20" profile), that itís almost dead flat Ė real vintage style (think '59 LP Junior). The action is good, the super lightweight body feels great in your hands, making the U1 an absolute dream to play.
Danelectro U1 reissue, burgundy color with white tape border; masonite top, back and sides; two piece maple neck w/ rosewood fret board; single lipstick pick up with concentric volume and tone control; clear plexi pick guard; classic stop tailpiece style bridge with walnut saddle configuration; and a metal nut. 21 med frets.
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