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Danelectro 12 String Guitar

Most often when you think of Danelectro you think pedals and effects or you think of the Danelectro 1956 Single Cutaway w/ Bottle Headstock Electric Guitar

At least that’s what my wife tells me!

She, my wife and some friends bought me a Danelectro 12 String for my 50th Birthday, it is a very cool guitar indeed.  A very fast thin neck, easy to play and it has great pickups.

I marvel at the fore thought of it’s design.  At first look, you would think the neck would snap off the body, being as thing as it is.  You couldn’t be more wrong, if  “Wish You Where Here” is a favorite song of yours, (mine!) this guitar is for you. A great guitar for recapturing your youth.

I have played several 12 string guitars, this one plays like butter, it makes you appreciate the time & effort older guitarists went through to create their music.

I know this article isn’t very technical, (wood, hardware, etc) but it’s more about the personal feel and the spirit of music, and for me, this guitar delivers..

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Pluck and Pick Instead of Click

One of the greatest things in life is music. There are too many youngsters buried in online activities and they need to stop clicking and start plucking and picking. How many times have you (as an adult) said; “I wish I would have learned how to play the guitar.” I know I am one of them, but I do play an instrument, just not one of my favorite, which is the guitar.jimmy-page

You can express yourself through music and what a great way to do it by learning how to play an instrument. You are never too young or to old to learn something new. Les Paul played guitar until the day he died and he was 94.

Many of the great guitar players started playing guitar at an early age. Jimmy Page who played for the Yardbirds and one of the greatest influential bands of all time – Led Zeppelin, started playing when he was 13.

We all play air guitar and one of the greatest guitar players of all time – Jimi Hendrix, played with a broomstick, a little more advanced than an air guitar. Jimi Hendrix also started playing at 15, around the time his mother died; he acquired his first acoustic guitar for $5 from an acquaintance of his father.

Joe Satriani was inspired to play guitar at 14 soon after learning of the death of Jimi Hendrix. Yngwie Malmsteen was quoted “The day Jimi Hendrix died; the guitar-playing Malmsteen was born”. Yngwie was 10 when he picked up his first guitar.

These four guitar players are one of the most influential in rock music.

Here are other guitar players who started at a later age

Dave Gilmour (Pink Floyd) – started playing at 21.
Glenn Tipton (Judas Priest) – started playing at 21.

No matter what age you are, it’s never too late or too young to learn how to play guitar!

Now get away from that computer and learn something new. Let your fingers learn something different.

Rock on!

Guest post by Frank J –

Categories: guitar

Tools for Guitar Modifications

bucks-guitar-amp-repair Hey Boys & Girls – I am Back, and I have a little attitude today.  Talking outside the box, because remember, if you are in the box, someone can put the lid on and that means you’re dead and ready to be lowered six feet under.

Off topic for a moment, that phrase reminds me of a song by Guns N’ Roses,  “Used to Lover Her” don’t let anyone bury something you love six feet under – quite an acoustic adventure.

I grew up with parents that lived through the depression, people who truly knew what it meant to “want”, having nothing because there was nothing! Wow.. imagine this, they made it.  A world of no big screen tv’s, blue ray disks or SUV’s.

They worked their asses off for maybe .50 a day to survive, looking into our present economy, I look at what I can master with my own hands, and I am going to tell ya.. there are all sorts of unique ways to make some tricked out guitar tools…
Fret Leveling Files
Beveling Files
String Retainers
Neck Cradles
Specialty Wrenches
Radius Gauges and more..

Don’t be afraid to make your own tools, think of how much understanding and insight you will have creating your own world.   Read, Learn, Do or in some cases search the web too!

Remember there are basic tools used in guitar & amp repair and modifications.  Think of this, a tool costing $50.00 you can make for $5.00, you will gain a bigger sense of pride when you complete a project that you put your heart and soul into with a tool that you created to assist in the process.

Joy! So for all you 70’s cats who sparked the rock revolution, it’s like beating the man!The more you know and do for yourself, the more knowledge you will have and you will be better prepared when there comes along a challenge that you need to rely on your guitar or amp repair man.  You’ll not only appreciate your knowledge, you’ll also appreciated the qualified repairman!

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I have a fun project for you to hone your guitar modification skills…. Buy a cheap bass from
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and make it to play like a Fender…..first you will need to cut a new nut (most likely cut it’s cut too deep) that’s been my experience

Radius the new nut to the finger board, (see Stew Mac for Proper Tools) leave it high for later adjustments, next don’t be afraid to loosen the truss rod, (back bow) 1/8 turn at a time. Radius your bridge to the finger board..when you adjust your truss rod, don’t be surprised if it takes a day to re-adjust. It’s a cat and mouse game. I started with string buzzing, well past the 6th fret. I have dialed it down to the last 3 frets….

(G to E on the low string) Do not get discouraged, (1/8th turn at a time of the truss rod) Keep on twinking…slow and smooth is good..similar to Sailor Jerry Rum…. and remember, Rogue, Ibanez, Fender…etc… they all make cheap stuff.

If you are diligent you will make a bass guitar that will AMAZE, as did Mickey Rourke on the Golden Globes, but ask my wife about his speech…. anyhow.. back to.. slow and determined, it takes time to whip these puppies into shape, you can show the money mongers they really do make good stuff..

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