Danelectro has dropped four new electric guitars that are essentially updates of its existing models: the ’59X, ’59XT, ’66T and the baritone ’66BT. Here are the details:
’59X and ’59XT
The ’59 is Danelectro’s most iconic silhouette, so this update doesn’t tinker too much with tradition.
Where the OG ’59 has two lipstick single-coils, the ’59X and ’59XT have a pair of humbuckers: There’s a humbucking lipstick at the bridge, and a vintage-style single-coil at the neck. The bridge pup can also be split for single-coil tones.
The only difference between the ’59X and ’59XT? The latter has a Wilkinson vibrato bridge, a slightly wider neck at the nut, and an offset bridge pickup.
Besides those, specs remain similar to the original ’59s. Both models have chambered bodies—with a center block and without F-holes—built from composites/plywood, a bolt-on “C”-shaped neck, and a flat 14-inch-radius rosewood fretboard.
The ’59X lists for $449, and the ’59XT lists for $499.
’66T and ’66BT
Over on the Mosrite end, the ’66T and ’66BT are semi-hollow guitars that now come with the same pickups as the ’59s—a coil-split lipstick bridge humbucker and a neck single-coil—as well as the Wilkinson tremolo system. And the ’66BT takes the features and specs of the ’66T, but extends its range to a baritone register, with a scale length of 29.75 inches.
Both offset guitars are otherwise similar to the stock ’66. They have chambered alder bodies with a center block, a maple “C”-shaped neck, and a 14-inch-radius rosewood fretboard.
The ’66T lists for $749, and the ’66BT lists for $799.
For more info, check out danelectro.com.