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Song Artist Instrument

Danelectro baritone guitar can be heard in these songs:

Roses are Red, Violets are Blue
Intro
Blood Gulch Blues
Steady Ride (Gun Metal Green)
Spiritual
No One
Funny Farm
A Girl Named Tex
Punch It
Space Invader
(617)
Superhero
Vale Deah
All As One
Oh Five!
Half Life
Ghosts That Linger
Return
Colors
Daydream No. 19
Good Fight
Keep Moving
Goldmine Blues
Saline
Alien Champion
Champion
35mm Man
Blues For Fairfax
(When) Your Middle Name Is Danger
Big Prize
Nightmare (Again)
Outpost Sunset
Flying By Wire
Bolt
The Man in Red
Hero Superstar
Best Girl
Bloody Mary Mix
Noobs Rush In
Reverie Six (and Change)
When We're Together
Intro
Steady Ride
Bolt
(617)
Man in Red
So Good
A Girl Named Tex
Colors
Best Girl
Shiny Thing
Good Fight
Vale Deah
Blood Gulch Blues
Contact
Colors (Instrumental)
Good Fight (Instrumental)
Red vs. Blue Season 12 Soundtrack
Saltine
Manticore Blues
Crossfire Rag
Half Life
Funny Farm
Chorus (Demo)
Half Life (Instrumental)
Contact
Red vs. Blue Season 13 Soundtrack
Temple
Ancient Gifts
(Always) A Trap
Chorus (Exit)
Armory
In Spite of Fear
What We Fight For (Half Life)
Showdown
Partners
Reparation
Prelude to Victory?




Legend has it that the first Danelectro UB-2 "Six String Bass" was specially commissioned by Harold Bradley who, as VP of the American Federation of Musicians and president of the Local 257, was trying to get more work for bass players. The "tic tac" bass style, which doubles the acoustic bass, can be heard on 1950s country pop artists, such as Patsy Cline. Since everything was recorded live in stereo back then, this meant two bass players per session instead of one.

The UB-2 was manufactured from 1956 to 1958, and was available in bronze and in black. It followed Danelectro's vision of cheap, efficiently-made guitars that were sold at Sears and other supermarkets under the name Silvertone or Danelectro.

The bodies of the UB-2 are identical to Danelectro's U2 guitars, with a longer neck. They are made of masonite and pine and have two lipstick pickups.

After Danelectro went out of business in the late 1960s, Jerry Jones started making replicas, since the demand from working musicians in Nashville was still quite present. He made these throughout the 1990s until he was shut down by the Evets Corporation, who produces the modern Korean-made reissues.

The Danelectro baritone guitar has been an integral part of Trocadero's sound, usually in a rhythm or support capacity, and occasionally as a lead instrument. The one that is used on our records is a late 1956 model.

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