56-U2 review by Danelectro

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 6
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 6.8 Neat
  • Users' score: 8 (29 votes)
Danelectro: 56-U2

Price paid: $ 299

Purchased from: Philippines

Sound — 8
It suits my alternative sound, great for blues and jazz also. I used it with a Marshall amp and Korg effects. Very bright sound, more like jangly. Very versatile, good acoustic sound yet can be maximized when amplified.

Overall Impression — 8
I do play alternative rock, pop, and folk since highshcool. And about this guitar, I would say it's good overall. It's like a combination of a Les Paul, Strat and Tele integrated into one. Very versatile sound but take note of the flaws, I would suggest replacement of the saddle and I guess learn to use the toggle unnoticed. Finally, with its cheap price, this is a guitar every guitarists should try.

Reliability & Durability — 6
Can withstand live playing, just be careful with the toggle because the switching pickups make noise. Hardware will last, cleaning is required due to the chrome finish at the back. Strap buttons are kinda loose especially at the neck part. Dependable because its versatile. Great finish.

Action, Fit & Finish — 6
The guitar set-up is fine though with a very high action. No need for pickup adjustment unless you would to lessen the buzz. Properly bookmatched top but with a bad fixed saddle. Flaws: intonation at the 12th fret, noisy toggle and unadjustable saddle.

Features — 6
1956 reissue Made in Korea. 21 frets thin neck, rosewood fretboard, masonite semi-hollow, stack tone volume controls, lipstick single coils, Dan tuners, no accesories included.

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    p o e
    lmfao ur insane man, i hate dano pedals but my dano guitar is the shit
    I don't have any of their guitars yet. They look sick. But their pedals do kinda suck.
    theres actually an adjustable saddle, there is a nut that is under the bridge(its hard to see) so i think the rating should be changed , i own one but strictly use it for slide guitar because of the high action, and if you get a professional to adjust the saddle it will fix the intonation on the 12th fret(I had the same problem)
    There actually is an adjustable saddle(theres a nut under the bridge)and if you can get a pro to adjust it that will solve your intonation (i had the same problem). i use mine mostly for slide because of the high action is perfect for a heavy slide...and p o e is right there pedals suck but the you cant get that low creamy tone from another guitar