Up for sale, a 1965 Danelectro Shorthorn bass model 3012 in excellent condition and in good working order. Complete with the stock copper nitro lacquer finish, this vintage Danelectro is completely original, with stock electronics and hardware. Most importantly, the tone is everything you want from one of these vintage Danos, with a tic-tac clarity and top end thanks to the "lipstick" pickup, that also delivers surprisingly round bass frequencies. The fully hollow bodies are made from a Masonite top and back with poplar framework, and these lightweight materials add a certain airy quality to the tone, with a soft attack and bloom to the notes. Setup with comfortable action and roundwound strings, this Shorthorn bass is a ton of fun to play and a unique instrument for any collection.

The poplar neck has a medium C profile with slab, Brazilian rosewood fretboard, 15 original medium-jumbo frets, and a 30" scale length. The neck is quite straight and plays easily, thanks in part to Danelectro's dual steel "never warp" truss rods. The frets show no notable wear, with well rounded crowns and their full, original height. The stock tuning machines are intact on the "Coke bottle" headstock, with the original, vertical "Danelectro" silkscreen logo still visible and vibrant.

The simple electronics work as they should, with the single lipstick pickup paired with master volume and tone controls, as well as a three-way tone switch. In the lower switch position, the tone control functions normally. In the middle position, the tone control is bypassed entirely, and in the top position, the tone control rolls off lows instead of highs, creating a sound similar to that of a bridge pickup. The stiff copper shielding tape is still present in the control cavity on the body, and the stock potentiometers have CTS date codes from 1964. The small plate which shields the pots from grounding out against the copper tape is also hand dated 2/12/65 Also intact are the stock knobs and the original bridge with Brazilian rosewood saddle.

The copper finish is still quite vibrant and glossy, with virtually no difference between the shade of the exposed finish and that which was protected beneath the pickguard. The white binding around the body is in great shape, and the pickguard is still bright white. There are some moderate scuffs and marks of wear on the body, as well as various small nicks and finish chips on the neck profile, none of which affect playability in the slightest. There are four very slight cracks on the edge of the top adjacent to the knobs and extending less than an inch each into the control cavity. Given the sturdy Masonite top, this top is extremely reliable and structurally sound, and these small cracks were repaired long ago.

This vintage Danelectro bass features its original finish, hardware, and electronics, and has been professionally setup with comfortable action and roundwound strings!
Year Condition Color Case
1965 Excellent Copper None

Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar
Michael John Ball
Seattle, WA
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We are happy to offer a 48 hour approval period after delivery on all of the items sold through Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. We will accept returns only if the item has been misrepresented in regards to originality and condition. We do our absolute best to accurately describe the tonal properties of our instruments, but will not accept returns based on the subjective nature of "tone," In the event of a return, the customer pays all shipping and insurance costs and any other credit card or Paypal fees associated with the transaction. With that said, we go to great lengths to ensure with 100% confidence that you are getting the exact item you purchased in the condition and originality described.