1962 Danelectro Guitarlin (Longhorn) Electric Guitar (Modded)

The story on this one is that it was a New York guitar-shop owner's personal instrument. He'd modified it to house two '60s Gibson mini-humbuckers and a Gibson wiring harness rather than the normal twin-lipstick-pickup configuration. I've gotta admit that he did a great job -- everything was installed nicely and cut well. The masonite was giving up the ghost a bit on the bridge adjuster shafts, but the guitar itself played pretty well and was rock-tastic right out of the gate.

It did need its fretboard fixed, however, as part of it was missing -- it'd been taken off because it got in the way of the previous owner's picking. It gets in the way of mine, too, after re-installing a board there, but I figured-out how to deal with my right hand after a few minutes of playing. Suffice to say... the fret access is insane on these.

Repairs included: replacement bit of fretboard, board plane, refret with jumbo/pyramid wire, minor setup-side work, and cleaning.

Setup notes: it plays perfectly, with 1/16" action overall at the 12th fret (that's in the middle of the dang neck!) and a quick, fast feel. The neck is almost dead straight tuned to pitch, too, and it's strung with 46w-10 gauges at the moment.

Scale length: 24 15/16"
Nut width: 1 3/4"
String spacing at nut: 1 7/16"
String spacing at bridge: 2"
Body length: 16"
Lower bout width: 13"
Side depth at endpin: 1 1/2"
Body wood: pine/poplar and masonite top/back
Neck wood: poplar w/two steel rod non-adjustable trusses
Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood
Bridge: '60s Gibson TOM
Neck feel: medium C/D-shape, ~10" board radius

Condition notes: while looks-wise it's in pretty decent order, the tuners are replacements, the bridge is a replacement, the pickups and wiring harness are not original, and the tailpiece is unoriginal, too. A late '60s Gibson or Epiphone's guts seem to have be ported right over to this.

One thing to note is that these necks feature micro-tilt adjustment via that recessed hole below the third mounting bolt. Loosen that bolt, then adjust to taste, then tighten it back up again.


Reese said…
Creston and I were talking about the considerable allure of these pickups a few days ago. This is an endearingly Coodery choose-yr-own guitar adventure rig.