56 Pro review by Danelectro

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.7 (17 votes)
Danelectro: 56 Pro

Price paid: $ 361

Purchased from: Zenith Music

Sound — 7
My style is a pretty all over rock sound; I play all over the rock spectrum. I'm heavily into alternative rock and this suits the music well, it's also good for playing classic rock. It has a nice bright, jangly sound. The lipstick pickups are fairly noisy, in a good way, it sounds fantastic without any effects, it gives a very pure hollowbody sound, it also sounds really nice with a good overdrive pedal, I use a muff overdrive and it has a fantastic brit rock crunch however when I use the distortion channel on my Fender hotrod or harder distortion pedals it's very hard to get a nice sound from this guitar, the guitars sound is very nice but limited.

Overall Impression — 9
This guitar matches up really well with some of my music, for heavier stuff I use a Yamaha Strat knock-off with humbuckers but for lighter music this guitar rules. I have been playing approximately just under a year and a half. I love the cleans I get with this guitar through my hotrod, I also love the finish on the guitar, I bought mine in a really tacky light blue colour, I just had to get this guitar in the tackiest colour they had because it looks awesome and stupid at the same time. If it were stole or lost I would definitely buy a new one assuming I can get it at the same price. Nice guitar well worth it considering the cheapness, it has a really different sound you aren't likely to get from other guitars.

Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar seems fairly durable, I'm always careful with it because of its hollow body, it certainly sturdy but I'm always afraid of punching a whole through the wood. It's very lightweight so it would make a nice guitar to pay at gigs and I would certainly trust this without a backup but it's always best to be on the safe side, the strap buttons seem sturdy and the hardware appears tough, I've had no problem thus far after 2 months.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar has a nice setup, the action is fairly high but it's still good, everything is in working order, the intonation is fine and there are no loose parts, the g string can tend to leave it's tuning but that doesn't seem to be happening as much these days, no idea why.

Features — 8
Made in Korea, not sure of the year it has a semi-hollow body composed of masonite and plywood. The neck is a bolt on made of maple with a 22 fret rosewood fingerboard. It has die cast tuners and an adjustable bridge, 2 knobs one for tone one for volume and a 3-way selector switch. The pickups are a pair of alnico single coil lipstick pickups. Its shape is reminiscent of a les paul and they come in a variety of block colours with a clear scratch guard.I recieved mine with a plain carry bag.

6 comments sorted by best / new / date

    finally, something i might actually consider getting. id like a black one. it seems like it would make a nice slide guitar
    I want one so bad..I almost had 1 a while back for $200. a week later i went to get it and the price jacked up to $550. Apparently they make great slide guitrs.
    Bill the voice
    This is a sensible review. If you play clean this guitar is a dream to play and hear. I like the action too - smooth and comfortable.