Santa, You & Me

I was hoping that when I finished studying I would get this flood of urge to get back into bloggin again but it hasn’t happened. I have remained busy to an extent, and enjoying moments of chillin’ when I can get em.

I signed a deal which is going to have me heading out of the city next year — a welcome change, I TELL YOU.

My friend Jim left the country yesterday. Before he did, he gave me this cd of music he’d made. I’d always known he made kid’s music but I was blown away by how good this cd was. I expect you’ll be hearing more about him soon. Until then, here’s the first song, a seasonally themed ditty, <strike>Christmas Boogie</strike> *(Christmas Boogie now removed: 7/4/11)*. I hope he doesn’t mind me posting it. I didn’t get time to ask.

I’m off back to Australia (HOJU) for a couple of weeks come sunday. Looking forward to the mild suddy weather and the big supermarkets filled with all those goodies. Looking forward to seeing friends and quiet streets, clean air, and eavesdropping on conversations.

I modified my Danelectro Danoblaster! Now officially known as Moonblaster. I changed the pickups in it. Here’s a picture:

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In the bridge is a Seymour Duncan Lil’ Screamin’ Demon single-coil sized humbucker. In the middle is a Lace Holy Grail and the neck has a Lace Sensor Purple in it. I ordered them about six weeks ago but due to shenannigans of one of these online parts sellers, I didn’t get them until yesterday. Man, I even dreamed about these pickups in the post-order ensuing wait.

I’ve never done any soldering before but I had a go last night. For a while I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it — too many fiddly wires. Then I did it, and it seemed to be successful. I’d started thinking there’s nothing to this soldering business — it’s like the metal version of blutac. But then today I was playing the moonblaster and the middle and neck sound suspiciously similar, as in I think there’s something wrong with the wiring. Got no time to mess about in there again now, but in any case the screamin demon pickup is in there properly and I can say that that one sounds good. Chunkeh!

Anybody else out there own a Danelectro Dano Pro?

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I got this a couple of months ago and I really like it.
The neck pickup has a fantastic sound – really smoking. A lot of the info I’ve read about the 07 reissue of the Pro says the pickups are wound hotter than the models produced a few years ago.
I’ve been banging on guitars off and on for a long time but have just recently taken an active interest in the technical side. I’m new to most of it, but I know my ears. When I switch from the Fender Jaguar to the Dano Pro, with the same settings on the amp, it’s easy to hear that the pickups have more oomph in them. Although it could be the semi-hollowness of the Pro also.

Also, I like the shorter neck. My arms are not short, but playing just feels more comfortable.
Maybe it’s got something to do with the way the neck is bolted on, but it has heaps of sustain. It’s probably got something to do with the way the neck is attached–there’s a lot of screws. In fact, when I have it strapped on and body is sitting against my kidneys in a particular way, I can feel the sound resonate which is pretty cool.

It handles distorted tones better than I thought it would. I thought it would mostly be in the realm of clean and slightly overdriven sounds but it goes well even with the Big Muff.

One of the things that’s not so great is that the tone & vol knobs don’t taper much at all.
This is one project I was thinking of. I haven’t tried my hand at soldering yet, but was thinking about getting a couple of tone/vol of from somewhere like www.singlecoil.com and replacing the stock ones. That wouldn’t be too hard would it? Would it? (I don’t want to fuck up my guitar!)

I was initially thinking that the bridge pickup wasn’t so great. The sound is definitely a lot thinner than the neck, but I’m starting to think that it’s just different. If I attempted to change it, it would probably end up sounding very similar to the neck — and there’s no point in making them sound the same.

But another thing I was thinking of doing was rewiring the middle position of the selector toggle. Right now it has both pickups on. What I’m wondering is if it can be rewired to that the two pickups run together, acting like one spread out humbucker. I read somewhere that kind of thing is possible but I’m wondering how difficult is it — do you have to mess with the insides of the pickups or is it just the wiring in between?

Anyway, I know this kind of guitar isn’t for everyone but I really dig it. There doesn’t seem to be anywhere around on the internet for appreciators of Dano Pros to gather. If I could easily add a discussion board to this website I’d do it. Let’s see if this blog post garners any interest.

[update]

In relation to Pat’s comment, here is a roughly drawn but measurement-correct diagram of where the neck is screwed on at the back.

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