Up for sale, a 1960 Danelectro DC-1 Shorthorn model 3011 in 100% original condition and in perfect working order. This Dano plays effortlessly, and the hollow masonite and poplar body is quite resonant acoustically, delivering a natural bark that translates through the original centrally-located lipstick pickup with a snappy note attack. There's a glassy, sparkling character to the lipstick pickup design, and the relatively low wind of these single coils yields a harmonic complexity and unique bubbly treble zing. Additionally, the DC-1 features a three-way Tone selector switch; a circuit designed for easy transitions between lead and rhythm tones. The guitar weighs 5lbs 12oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with a fresh set of 10-46 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with just enough shoulder in all registers and rolled edges on the particularly thick Brazilian rosewood slab fretboard. The profile measures .770” deep at the 1st fret and .870” at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a 14” radius and retains the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets are in great shape, with plenty of meat and well-rounded crowns, with only light wear favoring the treble side on frets 1-5. This guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4” scale with a straight neck reinforced in traditional Danelectro fashion with a pair of non-adjustable steel rods. The original aluminum nut measures 1 5/8” in width. The "coke bottle" headstock sports the original vertical Danelectro silkscreen logo and open-gear Waverly tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.
The electronics are stock, with untouched solder joints and original CTS pots that date to 1960. The original cream barrel knobs are present, as is the original transparent plexi pickguard with its white textured material on the underside. The chrome-plated bridge with Brazilian rosewood saddle is notably clean, and the “lipstick” pickup cover has plenty of shine as well.
The original gloss Black nitro lacquer finish is framed by well-kept original white binding tape, and cosmetic wear includes heavy lacquer checking on the back, and finish wear through the gloss along the body edges and surrounding the control cavity cover. There are also various additional scuffs and nicks on the body as a whole.
A padded gigbag is included.