Danelectro believes we need more tools to play sweet, jangly chords and unison string lines. That’s why the company has announced a new Reissue ‘66-12 electric 12-string series. All you need now are some flowers in your hair and maybe a little something to inspire your next musical trip.
Danelectro Reissue ‘66-12 electric 12 string
I always associate 12 string guitars with ’60s psychedelia and mid ’80s goth rock, but other genres have used these guitars, too. These new Danelectro Reissue ‘66-12 electric 12 string models have a double cut-away, reverse body with a ‘German carved’ bevelled edge, along with a single f-hole sculptured into the upper bout. They certainly look the part, dripping with retro styling and would make an interesting addition to your guitar collection.
The guitar’s distinctive Danelectro Lipstick pickups should provide you with some nice jangly 12-string tones. I would imagine that the coil-tapped dual Lipstick humbucker in the bridge position should have enough power to drive your amp a bit harder if you need some breakup. Having the coil-tap makes it more versatile, giving you a brighter, more defined tone. A nice choice of pickups here all round, in my opinion.
In the neck position you have a full-range single coil pickup in a larger, almost P90 style cover – though it isn’t actually a P90. In theory, this should balance quite nicely with those lipstick pickups in the bridge position. I’m hoping that this combination will balance warmth with brightness, and give you great tones for more laid back material.
The main body is alder and paired with a sleek C-shape, bolt-on maple neck fitted with a pau ferro fingerboard and 22 frets. This guitar has a 12-string bridge, a graphite nut and a set of vintage-style die-cast machine heads. Hopefully all this will help with the tuning, as tuning a 12 string can be frustrating. But the graphite nut should hopefully ease that task.
If you’re tempted to order one, you may find the finish options a bit limited. it’s either the 3 Tone Burst or a plain Black finish. I would have liked to see some more vibrant colours, like maybe a subtle Lake Placid Blue or something a bit more exciting. Although, those aren’t the traditional colours you associate with this kind of guitar, it would have been nice to inject a bit more colour into this range.
RRP – TBC