Danelectro 56-U2

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Danelectro

Description Gorgeous looking, plastic bodied reissue. Two pickups, three position switch. Sounds great!
Posted By Jonathan Keith
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.0 (of 5)
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On 6/20/2003, Colin Thomson (64) posted:
Overall Rating:
I would advise EVERYONE to go out and buy one of these guitars. They're fairly cheap, they sound sooooo good it's unreal, they're versatile, they play so well, and goddamn, if it was a woman, she'd be my wife, my lover, my girlfriend, and everything I could ever have dreamed about. Give one a try, you might be surprised. I know I was...
Price: $200.00 uk (new)
Where Obtained: Roadshow Music, Stirling, Scotland
Features:
Cheap formica/plastic style build, lipstick pickups, closed machine heads, looks like a les paul (with thin pickups instead of the wide humbuckers), but it sounds way better in my opinion, and I do have a les paul too, so I am allowed to say that. Looks kinda cheap, but I like it that way, plastic finish, and not too heavy, so it's good to carry around too
Playability:
The major problem with this guitar is that you have to modify it to get near the truss rod, and also, the bridge is a weird wood/metal combo that makes individual string adjustment nigh on impossible, but since my own guitar is set up like a little piece of heaven and has been since I bought it, this doesn't bother me. I suppose it could be a bit s---ty if I wasn't happy with the playability, but I know any half decent luthier could give it a mod or 2 and show me how to set it up myself, so I'm EXTREMELY happy!! :D
Sound Quality:
I use a Marshall gcd100r, as well as various effect pedals, from zoom, to boss o/d and some other sool things that get swapped about as I fancy. I find I get too distracted by effects if I have too many pedals on the go at one time
Durability:
This guitar is amazing for staying in tune, keeping a perfect sound, and leting me thrash the arse off it whenever I feel like it, without ever giving me a moan (other than the ones I ask of it at certain times). Everything is still set up as it came, and it still sounds as if it's just come out of the hands of a top-class hand-making luthier. I rate this guitar higher than any other guitar I've ever played, because even in the space of an hours playing, you can just tell that the feel stays exactly as you want it, while giving just the right amount of fight when you change from a light style of playing to something heavier, or even complete balls out thrashing. This little beauty doesn't ever complain, and she always seems to have loads more space left after you run out of skil/speed/muscles/aggression/moves/whatever... I LOVE IT!!!!
On 6/29/2002, Bruce Jones (113) posted:
Overall Rating:
I absolute love this guitar! Perhaps not a great choice for an overall performance guitar, but tremendous for certain situations and types of songs. It drips with a unique vibe all it's own. I was fortunate to have Dick Dale autograph mine with a personal inscription a while back, making it extra cool
Model Year: 1998
Price: $219.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
Dead on reissue of the original. The tuners are enclosed(unlike the originals I've seen but still true to the period and this guitar stays in tune really well. Two lipstick pickups with concentric volume/tone controls. The bridge is just a piece of mahogony(Ithink) but the intonations is still really good. The nut is made of aluminum and the neck is substantial, but not overly chunky. The only drag is that the neck must be removed to adjust the trussrod. The body is made of chambered plywood with painted masonite. Very vibey and period cool. Mine is fifties turquoise green.
Playability:
I love the way this guitar plays. It's not a Les Paul neck, but for the price it's just great. This guitar seems to come alive in my hands, as if the strings were charged with electricity. Sometimes it seems to play itself.
Sound Quality:
An absolute TONE MACHINE! The pickups are pretty low powered however, so it might not be your best bet for metal or heavy distortion. Great for blues or roots rock. It has a very unique sound all it's own. A wonderful alternative if you're looking for something other than the usual strat/tele/Gibson sound.
Durability:
Although not my main stage guitar because of the lower powered pickups, It seems to be very stable.
On 11/22/2001, Matt Craven (13) posted:
Overall Rating:
My brother bought this guitar. I guess he liked the looks. It it were lost or stolen I would be p---ed because its not mine.... AS a punk player I would never buy this guitar, and especially not for its stupid f---ing looks. It seems cheaply made. It is very very plastic-like and reminds me of a guitar I saw at a toy store once, Except the guitar at the store could be amplified.
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Luthier Shoppe
Features:
Eh im a lazy guy.... Just read the other review!
Playability:
Considering that the f---ing input for the chord doesn't work now, the playability level is extrordinarily low. That damn input came loose every day, and eventually, after many times of screwing the f---er tight again, it just decided not to work anymore (the nuts not loose now though... go figure...)
Sound Quality:
Eh when it worked it sounded ok
Durability:
F--- this guitar. Dont buy it. Danelectro sucks balls.
On 3/28/2001, Jonathan Keith posted:
Overall Rating:
Very happy with this guitar - I'd replace it at a stroke if someone walked off with it. Looks great, sounds great, plays well and for the price I doubt I'd buy anything else. Beats the hell out of the mexican strat I bought as my first electric guitar.
Price: $200.00 UK sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Macari's, Charing X Road, London
Features:
Made in Korea, but don't let that stop you. Danelectro make great stuff and this is no exception. Body is hardboard with some sort of laminate - feels "plasticky" but works. Neck is maple with a rosewood fretboard. Volume and tone controls for both pickups, and a three-position switch. Basic, simple and effective - no bells and whistles
Playability:
Good fast action for me, and a flat bridge and nut allows for very easy slide play. Only problem is the switch position - I can get carried away and knock it sometimes. Would have prefered it to be over the neck like a Les Paul.
Sound Quality:
Tone is superb, used through either my practice amp at home (roland) or the Marshalls in the rehearsal studio we use. Great crunchy sound through the Fab Tone pedal I use, good for rocking out with, or something warmer and funkier with the Dunlop Crybaby wah. Good for slidework too...
Durability:
Rock solid. Stays in tune forever and not a scratch when I dropped it. (Oops)