Ever since I first heard a recording of Link Wray’s famous instrumental song “Rawhide” (and no, it’s probably not the version you’re thinking of) I just knew I had to find a Danelectro Longhorn Baritone guitar. The sound struck a certain chord within me (pardon the pun) and was unlike anything I had ever heard; little did I know it would be so hard to find.
I looked everywhere; music stores locally and online, the Danelectro Company itself; I even asked Danielle from the show “American Pickers,” but none of the leads turned out. People often seemed to get it confused with a Danelectro Longhorn Bass which has four strings instead of six, but I never gave up my quest. Then magically, after years of searching, I found one on eBay through a seller in the UK. The original Danelectro Longhorn Baritone guitars were introduced in the late 1950s, but the one I found was a limited edition matte black version that was re-issued several years ago.
When it came in the mail I was instantly in love! I don’t really even play guitar, (I got it to be played in my band) but I had to plug it in and see how it sounded; it sounded like a dream! The guitar is five frets longer than a regular guitar and it’s almost more of a cross between a guitar and a bass as it gives a very low and twangy sound — most known for being heard in Link Wray songs or movie soundtracks; especially Spaghetti Westerns.
Needless to say I am very happy to finally have my hands on one of these rare instruments and I cannot wait for it to make an appearance on stage at one of our future shows.