With a set of DR Black Beauties coated black strings it sounds very ballsy. The guitar came new and needed very little attention before getting it ready for playing. My original thoughts of it as a joke guitar were changed immediately after cranking the volume and setting it loose. It has great tone and the action lets it sail from end to end. It will begin earning your respect and you'll start fawning over it like a 59' Les Paul.
This is a very fun guitar to play-the neck action is great, but the pots are very fussy and mine needed some work almost immediately. The sound variations are somewhat limited, but I don't think there is any other guitar that sounds quite like the Danelectro. Being that they are so inexpensive, I guess you can forgive it for the not so great quality control.