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  • Does anyone know where these danelectro 12 string guitars are made?

    Does anyone know where these danelectro 12 string guitars are made? China or Korea?
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    Korea.

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    • #3
      I had a few Danos I bought in about 99/00 and they were Korean. I have a fairly recent baritone and it's Chinese.

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      • #4
        If given a guess, I'd guess Indonesia. I recently bought a couple Silvertone guitars (which were originally Dano's made for Sears) that were made by a Samick plant in Indonesia. No complaints about the build of either of those (except one wonky pot in the U2 model). I also have a Yamaha SA503 TVL that was probably made in the same factory.

        Point being, Samick Korea is outsourcing a fair amount of the budget models to Indonesia these days, but they seem to be enforcing pretty good QC.

        P.S. I've been looking at that Dano-12 myself. The only thing holding me back is that I already own 3 other 12s that I neglect, so I'm trying not to repeat that particular aspect of the syndrome.

        I'd be curious to hear what folks are saying about the origins on these newest productions.

        Taking a quick glance at my records, my last Dano I bought in late 2010 (a 1959 DC RI) was made in China. They probably still are.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by BG76 View Post
          I had a few Danos I bought in about 99/00 and they were Korean. I have a fairly recent baritone and it's Chinese.
          I have a '99 DC-12 and it's MIK, and a '05 Baritone that is also MIK. I don't know about the latest DC-12's though.
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          • #6
            The first reissues in the late 90's were Korea with Kent Armstrong Alnico lipsticks; identifiable by natural maple necks. They moved to China, the necks are painted and lipsticks use ceramic magnets. NAMM a few years back Evets said they moved back to Korea and they finally started doing cutouts for truss-rod adjustment.

            Since we're talking CNC'ed plywood, masonite and maple there's not much difference between them, other than what I note above. I like the Alnico lipsticks better because they have that vintage chime, plus you can flip the polarity on one and rewire it to get a humbucking setup happening. You can't flip polarity on the ceramics but they are a bit hotter if you're into a crunchier tone. Some of the first reissues came with really junky machines, but that changed when moved to China.

            That particular 12-string is probably China. Those are a special run just for the Guitar Center family, not available to other retailers, and there is quite likely a residual stock in their warehouse.
            Last edited by Verne Andru; 08-18-2014, 09:47 PM.
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