Fantastic. Same basic story for me. Couldn't get the Dano to stay in tune. I wired a Garrard turntable to one input of my crappy amp, plugged in to the other so I could "play along." Ha!Same as the OP: Sears/Dano 1449 guitar with amp built into the guitar case. Christmas present from the parents. Cool idea but in reality a fairly unplayable guitar (for a beginner) and a toy amp. Returned and got the similarly priced Sears/Harmony electric (guitar only) that I’d actually asked Santa for.
Plugged it into a record player that had a mic input and got an always-overloaded tone that only sounded right when playing the ‘Satisfaction’ riff or You Really Got Me, which turned out to be just fine.