Gear of the Month 2012
June: 1959 Danelectro Doubleneck #3923
“About five years ago, my band Willoughby was asked to open for The Bird And The Bee,” says bassist/guitarist/ producer Gus Seyffert, who is the current touring bassist with The Black Keys. “I couldn’t afford to take my whole band so I thought a decent solution would be to find a good-sounding doubleneck to play bass lines while I was singing and switch to guitar for the solos. I kept my eyes open for an old Hofner 6/4—I wasn’t aware of the 3923 Dano until I saw it at a shop on Denmark Street in London.” Immediately after he plugged it into his rig, he says the doubleneck spoke to him like no other instrument he’s played before or since. He runs the bass side through original Sunn 1200 and Sunn 2000 heads powering two 2x15 Sunn cabs, while he routes the 6-string signal through a 1970 Fender Deluxe Reverb modded to blackface specs.