Danelectro’s ’66 and ’59 revised for ’18
Retro specialist Danelectro has revised its ’66 and ’59 models for 2018.
With the adjustable wraparound bridge replaced, the ‘ now comes equipped with a Wilkinson Vibrato bridge, allowing players to articulate open string picking and not suffer from pitch loss when the whammy bar is used energetically.
The ’66T’s semi-hollow body is paired with a solid centre block and the guitar comes with a vintage style single coil pickup in the neck position with twin lipstick humbucking pickups in the bridge. Volume and Tone are adjusted by a simple pair of master pots, with the tone control also doubling up as a push/pull switch to release the humbucker’s coil tap facility.
Customers looking to wander closer to the bleeding edge can also get a baritone version – the ’66BT.
The ’66T is available in Transparent Orange, Transparent Blue, Gloss Black and 3 Tone Sunburst; The ’66BT is available in 3 Tone Sunburst, Transparent Blue and Transparent Red.
The revised Danelectro ’59, meanwhile, now becomes the ’59X but retains its chambered body design and a shorthorn, double cutaway. It’s also still made from Masonite so it retains its unique light weight and tone.
What changes are the ’59X’s pair of stacked tone and volume pots and 3-way pickup selector control. An offset, high-output single coil pickup in the neck position is matched to a lipstick humbucker at the other end, but he latter is coil tapped via a pull facility on the tone knob.
The ambitious can opt for the the ’59XT which gains a Wilkinson Vibrato system.
The ’59X is available in Cream, Dark Blue, Dark Red and Black. The ’59XT is available in Gloss Black, Aqua, Burgundy and Silver.
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