Danelectro Standard Shorthorn Model 3612 Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1958)

Danelectro  Standard Shorthorn Model 3612 Electric 6-String Bass Guitar  (1958)

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Danelectro Standard Shorthorn Model 3612 Model Electric 6-String Bass Guitar (1958), made in Neptune, NJ, bronze lacquer finish, masonite and pine body, poplar neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This is a fine-playing and all original first-year example of a fairly uncommon Danelectro creation. While the original Shorthorn guitar and the matching 4-string bass are fairly common as old Dan-o's go, this 6-string bass was made in far smaller numbers than either and is a much more difficult find. This copper-top beauty is a very early example of this model and has all the "classic" 1958 Dan-o features: semi-hollow Masonite and pine body with rear "trap hatch" control access, white pebble vinyl side covering, clear celluloid pickguard with vinyl beneath and smooth sided slightly conical knobs.

The single lipstick tube pickup is controlled with a volume and tone knob, the latter mated to a 3-way tone modifier switch that offers two different treble roll-off settings. The short 15-fret neck has a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard and is topped with the trademark "coke bottle" headstock with vertical silver Danelectro logo, with openback Waverly tuners. This is a great sounding 6-string bass/Baritone guitar with the classic Danno twang factor, even with only a single pickup.
 
Overall length is 38 1/2 in. (97.8 cm.), 13 1/4 in. (33.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 1/2 in. (749 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This is a super clean and original example, with just some light wear and no repairs or alterations. There are some small chips and dings to the finish, but that's about it. One of the nicest of these we have had, an early model and a very fine instrument-especially considering it's made of Masonite! This Danno currently set up in Baritone (B-B) tuning but easily converted to A-A or its original 6-string Bass (E-E) configuration as desired. Includes a modern HSC. Excellent Condition.