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The Danelectro Pro is a reissue of the Pro 1, a single pickup guitar that was produced between 1963 and 1969. Although the original guitar has never been considered one of the classic Danelectro models, the new Pro may just change that opinion with its additional pickup, upgraded hardware, improved playability and cutie pie looks.
Of all the guitars in this round-up, this is the one that we couldn’t put down. We love the fact that this kooky plank looks like it was designed by a '50s cartoonist. The Pro’s body looks like a table in an American diner. The ‘Coke bottle’ headstock is slightly different than the original, but still looks just perfect. And how can you not love those lipstick pickups and boomerang scratchplate?
Plug the guitar in and it sounds as good as it looks. The lipstick pickups are surprisingly beefy, especially when you run them both together. No wonder Jimmy Page loved Danelectro guitars.
The Pro looks like a cartoon, but there’s nothing Mickey Mouse about its construction or the way it feels and sounds. It’s a winner simply because we don’t think we can live without it. That’s all folks.
Pros: The look, the sounds, the price.
Cons: Not a thing.
Buy: Danelectro Pro is currently available from Thomann