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GEAR
manipulated by a five-way selector, and
a floating Wilkinson vibrato bridge. It's
offered in three-tone sunburst, black, and
white on an alder body with asymmetrical
double cutaway, and employs a 25.5" scale
with a rosewood fretboard.
The '84's girthy C-shaped neck and flat
12" fretboard radius address the concerns of
modern guitarists who employ diverse playing techniques, and its Volume and Tone
controls bypass electronic fuss. Frets have
a clean finish, and while the Kluson-style
tuners and selector switch aren't high-end,
they get the job done. The Wilkinson vibrato allows the player to fine-tune string
height, and its bar pushes into the unit,
allowing for tightening the bar with only
Price: $599
Info: www.danelectro.com

LOVE STRUCK
The Danelectro '84

T

he Danelectro name first surfaced on
amplifiers in the late 1940s, then later
on guitars made with Masonite bodies and
lipstick-tube pickups, along with electric sitars, baritone guitars, and "Longhorn" basses.
In 2006, the Evets Corporation bought
the name and began to offer a fetching
line of retro-styled guitars and basses. Its

most-recent, the Danelectro '84, alludes
to the year when Stevie Ray Vaughan was
ubiquitous on stages around the world and
on MTV, his Southwestern grit, soul, and
attitude sometimes relayed via guitars with
lipstick-tube pickups.
The '84 has a contoured 22-fret neck,
graphite nut, three lipstick-tube pickups

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a few turns.
But it's the pickups that
have brought us to this
party, and they do not
disappoint. Played through
a bevy of blackface-style combos and a high-gain head, it
sounded sweeter than a glass
of Texas iced tea, pickups
yielding that classic nasal
quality with smooth,
curvy bottom. The neck
pickup leans toward the
upper end of the EQ
spectrum, doling out
resonant chime, spank,
and cluck while retaining
plenty of warmth but still
cutting through a mix. It's
the type of plucky 'tude usually
found with instruments at twice the price.
The two and four positions of the selector
are spot-on, ushering all manner of chunky
goodness, but the guitar also shines on
Rickenbacker-style arpeggiated jangle. The
bridge position is brighter and tougher, yet
yearns for a Tube Screamer to fulfill its life's
work. The middle pickup has a subtle honk
that seasons the other when positions two
and four are engaged.
Player-friendly, comfortable, and offering a bevy of usable tones, you'd be
hard-pressed to find a tastier guitar for the
price. - Oscar Jordan


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