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1960 Danelectro DC-1 Shorthorn Model 3012 Vintage Electric Guitar Baby Blue w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1960 Danelectro DC-1 Shorthorn model 3012 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Refinished in a shade very representative of Danelectro's original custom color Baby Blue, this Shorthorn has a traditional hollow masonite and poplar body which is quite acoustically resonant, delivering a quick note attack percussive bark. The centrally-located “lipstick” pickup offers sweetness and  cut, with a chiming sparkle in the treble register. Additionally, the DC-1 features a three-way Tone selector switch; a unique circuit designed for easy transitions between lead and rhythm tones. The guitar weighs 5lbs 14oz, exceedingly comfortable for extended studio sessions or live performances. This DC-1 has been 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 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 .820” deep at the 1st fret and .880” at the 12th. The thick slab 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 headstock sports a reproduction waterslide decal and a replacement set of open-gear tuners which turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch.

The electronics are stock, with original CTS pots that date to 1960. The original cream barrel knobs are present, and have received a dot of blue on their caps to match the refinished body. The original transparent plexi pickguard is present, with one stable split in the plastic adjacent to the upper bout screw. The chrome-plated bridge with Brazilian rosewood saddle is notably clean, and the “lipstick” pickup cover has plenty of shine as well.

The body has been refinished in a gloss Baby Blue, framed by pristine new white binding tape. The current finish exhibits a few isolated spots of wear, and the original Copper nitro lacquer is peaking through on the back body edge and central to the lower bout. There are some light finish scratches across the surface of the body, and very faint finish mottling just north of the strings between the pickup and bridge.

The original model 9842 hardshell case is included (a $25 add-on beyond the DC-1’s base price), with all-original latches and luggage-style handle. The case is remarkably clean, given its age, with just only minor scuffing and faint staining.