1958 Danelectro 3923 Double-Neck Electric Guitar/Bass

Imagine my surprise when this beaut landed on my doorstep, huh? A customer/consignor of mine has been buying-up all sorts of nice old gear, and this was in the mix. He's keeping this one, folks, so even though you (and I) may be heavy Danelectro fans (I am!), it's not up for grabs. No need to salivate.

A double-neck guitar/bass configuration always seems an oddity to me until you realize how practical it would be in a small-band setting if you're a player who has to switch roles -- or maybe there are songs where a low "tic-tac" bass melody would be appropriate. Either way, considering that at the time dedicated bass amps were few and far between and there was a definite love for larger (15") speakers in nicer off-brand guitar amps, one could see how a blend like this would fit right into the scene.

This one dates to the first year of production for this model and it's one of the cleanest old Danos I've ever handled -- thanks in no small part to the original hard case which has kept it fresh. Both necks had '60s-era strings on them and the action was alright when it arrived. However, it did need some fuss -- the original 3-way switch was bad (and so rewiring was in order -- the usual Dano on/of/on series-in-middle option doesn't make sense for this configuration) and it needed the usual setup-side work to play its best.

Post-work, I love the sound of both necks. The lipstick pickups have a clean, clear, rootsy, almost "acoustic" quality to them that's always lovely. The bass has a ton of presence and warmth, but lots of clarity, too. I recorded two video clips so you can hear the guitar and bass side through a guitar amp and the bass side through a proper bass amp. My favorite sound, though? Sending it to both amps at the same time!

Repairs included: fret level/dress on each neck, proper compensation of the saddles at each bridge, setup, and rewiring to a Les Paul-style control layout inside -- a normal 3-way switch in parallel and tone/volume separated on the stacked controls for each pickup.

Setup notes: action is perfect and both necks are straight -- 1/16" overall height on the guitar neck and 3/32" to 1/16" bass-treble action on the bass neck. Strings are 46w-10 w/plain G on the guitar neck and extra-light 95w-35w on the bass neck. Even though it's short scale, the bass necks on old Danos still seem to like lighter gauges best.

Scale length: 25" guitar neck and 29 3/4" bass neck
Nut width: 1 5/8" both necks
String spacing at nut: 1 7/16" both necks
String spacing at bridge: 2 3/16" both necks
Body length: 17 1/2"
Lower bout width: 17 1/4"
Side depth at endpin: 1 5/8"
Top/back material: masonite
Middle material & bridge/neck blocking: poplar/pine
Fretboard: rosewood
Bridge: rosewood saddle, steel base
Neck feel: slim/medium D-shape, ~14" board radius
Neck wood: poplar w/steel bar reinforcement, aluminum nuts

Condition notes: it's quite clean and all-original save a new 3-way switch and a rewiring job (though I used all the original components -- caps, pots, and as much original wire as I could). The finish looks great and everything works as it should.

It comes with: original hard case in fantastic condition and original leather strap and cable.