Danelectro Mod 7 seven string (c2000)

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Thrill to the sound of our 60's "tone-a-delic" guitar.
The Mod combines the best of both worlds...
The drive and power of a humbucker with the sweetness and richness of two Lipsticks.
Exclusive Select-O-Matic switching plus coil tap switch provides eleven distinct tone variations.
Gotoh tuners and adjustable bridge. Like owning eleven monster guitars in one!

The Select-O-Matic pickup selector has six positions:
1-Neck/Bridge, 2-Neck, 3-Neck/Middle, 4-middle, 5-Middle/Bridge, 6-Bridge
The Blow Switch:
Bypasses the rotary switch and turns all 3 pickups on at once in series which gives the DC-3 a 7th setting above and beyond the Select-O-Matic switch for a no holds barred blast of tone! Thus, when the "Blow Switch" is clicked on, the Dano is significantly louder than with any one or two pickup combinations. This makes playing leads an easier chore as the guitar is automatically louder when the Blow Switch is engaged and automatically goes back to the settings you had previously on the guitar when you flip it back to the original position.
Tuning the Mod 7 String
: Seven string guitars are tuned the same way as a six string except that they have an additional low B string.


Body: Hardboard top and bottom with plywood frame. 
Neck: Hard maple with rosewood fingerboard. Scale: 25” 
Frets: 21  Body Width: 42mm  Headstock Width: 15.5mm  Nut Width: 40mm
Action: 1.6mm high 'E' / 1.8mm low 'E'
Pickups: 2 Original style brass tube w/chrome plating / 1 Lipstick Double Coil
Magnet: Original formula 50’s style Alnico magnet.

CONDITION: Light surface marks and scratches in finish consistent with limited play time, as would be expected and likewise slight fading of hardware. Mainly used as studio guitar:
- Usual Dano characteristic of slight edge tape lifting on tight concave bend on cutaway - I have never had a Dano that hasn't done this (in fact even when brand new). I - always just leave it.
- There are some buckle/button scratches on the back in the top coat only, although difficult to see in the sparkle finish (see pics). No deep worming or serious buckle gouging.
- A small ding on a tiny area of finish on the edge of upper bout (see pic).
- An area of fade/wear (2cm x 2cm) next to the bridge presumably where the first owner rested his/her hand, this is only visible on close inspection and even then only at an angle . It would probably polish out, but as it' is it is barely noticeable (see pic).
- The head has a few very small indents on the top edge (see pic) and light scratch at the back near the heal joint (see pic).
- The neck has a couple of small darker patches in the wood, these look to be natural colourations on the wood. Other darker areas consistent with factory processes. As not many of these were made it is likely the neck is probably largely hand fabricated and will show signs of this.
- There is an 2cm x 3cm area of slight 'un-smoothness' on the back of the neck behind the 12th fret, which I had thought was due to it being on a stand in the shop when new. On closer inspection in sunlight appears to be a slight ripple in the lacquer from the factory at that point. This could be buffed out, as the factory seems to have missed it, but I am being ultra picky and it presents no problem. This wave in the lacquer is something I see more on higher end boutique guitars when all processes are by hand.


The rather 'anatomical' macro pics coupled with the sparkle finish exaggerate the few imperfections in blown up photos, when one is close up they are no big deal and standing a step back most of these marks vanish anyway (or are hidden on the back). Overall this you see a very rare and rather special guitar in very good condition indeed for its 17 years! I doubt you will find a better example - which is why I bought it in the first place.

  • RATING: B (good overall condition for seventeen year old guitar, two owners, lightly played with original Dano limited gigbag)
  • PRICE: £440 (with Danelectro limited gigbag)