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'58 Danelectro Longhorn Bass Reissue

I originally bought this bass strictly for the novelty of it.  I found it in the used section at a Guitar Center in Fort Worth, and it needed a setup, new strings, the pots were dirty, and one of the tuning pegs was really loose.  After a few hours of work, I was in business.

This sound of this bass is huge! It always surprises people.  It weighs less than 6 pounds and is a shortscale bass, so after playing a p-bass for a while, you won't even know the Longhorn is on your shoulder.  The Danelectro lipstick pickups have a booming low-end.  It's actually the only bass I've ever played that I have to roll off the bass on the EQ a little bit or it's overwhelming.

You can find these on eBay and different online used bass shops (the guys at Bass Northwest sometimes have one or check Elderly) - and they're pretty cheap.  If you're looking to buy a funky looking short scale that is extemely easy to play with a big sound - you should definitely track down a Longhorn reissue.  There are some intonation issues as you go higher up the neck (around the 10th fret), so stay low where you belong!

I've dubbed this bass "the imodium".  Not that is sounds like crap, but for it's uncanny seafoam green likeness of Imodium AD. Gotta love it.

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In 1962, I bought an original Danelectro Longhorn with factory case for $125. Played in bar bands using that bass for almost 12 years, starting at age 15. I just bought a re-issue online - at age 66 - and I'm really looking forward to getting it here. They were GREAT basses, big bass THUMP and they recorded like nothing else. They were very popular studio basses for many years after they were discontinued. I just hope there is enough of the original left in the re issues...from the reviews I have seen it seems like there might be...

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

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