Danelectro unveils four vintage-inspired electrics

Wilkinson vibrato bridges and lipstick humbuckers are the stars of the new ’59X, ’59XT, ’66T and ’66BT.

Danelectro '59X, '59XT, '66T and '66BT

From left to right: ’59X, ’59XT, ’66T and ’66BT

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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

Danelectro '59XT
The ’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

Danelectro '66T
The ’66T

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.

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