Loud and sometimes brash, any Danelectro bass refuses to take a back seat when it comes to sound, so expect that usual brightness and edgy quality that makes them great in the studio and for live work too.
Although initially designed as a cheap ‘catalogue’ guitar, the sound is in a spot of its own and, whether by accident or design, it has a sonorous and unique voice that can be spotted a mile away. It’s a little lacking in low-end compared with others here, but the twangy appeal remains undeniable.
With only a single volume and tone control for adjusting both pickups, and a three-way selector switch to engage the units, onboard sound mixing is obviously limited. But that’s the sound of a Danelectro bass and it remains impressive, even if less expansive than many twin-pickup models.
If you choose one of these it’s precisely the sound and the feel that really attracts, and it delivers this by the bucketload.
Pros: Iconic looks; distinctive voice; light weight.
Cons: Unique tone means less versatility.
Verdict: Quirky kitsch appeal by the bucketload and plenty of twang and punch. Oomph lies elsewhere.