Danocaster building again.

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  1. Mike R.

    Mike R. Member

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    Just saw on social media.
    Not taking any orders, only building what inspires him.
    *Slight* price increase.
    Check Instagram for current inventory.

    This makes me happy.
     
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    Didn’t this happen a year or two ago?
     
  3. Mike R.

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    I just saw it today and *think* it is a recent occurrence.
     
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  4. Highnumbers

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    Yeah, man. Where have you been?

    Shortly after announcing he would stop building orders last July, he started selling builds directly on Instagram. Basically you need to set up alerts on IG, because most of his guitars sell in under 30 seconds.

    His work is really good, but I don't personally understand the sort of fervor that would cause everything Danocaster builds to sell in seconds. They're not exactly cheap either.
     
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    Whew! I was wondering where I could spend $3500 on a master built by one man bolt on neck, line assembled guitar that retailed for $1800 (adjusted) in 1954.
     
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    Oh well, as long as there are no other choices around as far as strats go...




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  8. Mike R.

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    Hmmmm...I just checked the Facebook post and he made it 46 minutes ago. Oh well......
     
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    Great necks, but I prefer my Fender American Vintage ‘52 to my previous Dano ‘57ish whiteguard...by a decent margin. I would probably dig a Dano ‘52.

    Surprisingly, I like the Fender pickups better than the Lollars.
     
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    I think that by announcing he was ceasing his activity, he artificially created a craving for this brand.

    Today, a lot of Luthiers are making their "own" variation of the staple guitars. But Danocaster has its own appeal, because he builds according to his own inspiration, a bit like an "artisan artist", if you accept the comparison.
    You know, back in the days when you could actually book an artist to make a painting for you. Guys like Picasso or Dali would only do what inspired them, and would not care about anyone else's requests...
     
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    Hes been doing this on ig for a while. There was an offset that made it 30 minutes, longest I had seen one last. He just builds whatever he feels like, and it sells.
     
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    Let's not get carried away. He's building replicas of vintage bolt-on neck Fender guitars with (very skilled) finish aging. This isn't worthy of throwing-in the name 'Picasso'...

    They're wonderful guitars, but he's not the only guy out there doing this kind of work, or at this quality level. Clearly the market has spoken for Danocaster right now... but I wonder how these will be viewed in 10 years. It's still just a Strat or Tele copy, and a very expensive one at that.
     
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    Those AV series guitars are amazing.
     
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    For luxury goods, scarcity drives demand.
     
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    @scelerat

    **perceived scarcity**

    Danocaster can go right back to full-time production & orders, and all that scarcity goes right out the window.

    But hey, people can spend their hard-earned however they like. They are wonderful guitars, and priced around the same as a Fender Custom Shop relic model, so more power to him.
     
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    People want what they can't have. It's that FOMO combined with a bit of adrenaline to see if they can get it when it's posted. Same reason people buy lottery tickets, etc.

    I don't get it either. Zero desire for one, especially to play social media games to try to get a guitar ... that's just not my thing. So many great guitars out there without having to play silly games.
     
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    100% my opinion here, but I've played 3 danos, and a dozen or so FCS guitars, and the Dano's all felt light years better to my hands. sound was about the same, but there was just something that felt very right to me about his necks. I do prefer the Fender Custom shop strats I've played to other "boutique" builders at or around the same price point, so I don't think it's just scaricity driving my opinion...but I have been wrong before
     
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    Guess those who paid recent used prices are not very happy now.
     
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    No question, the neck is where it's at with a Danocaster. That's the one thing that jumps out when playing one of his builds (and the fact they're all perfectly set up from new).

    But it's not some kind of magic voodoo, it's just a well-built guitar.
     
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  20. beeswax75

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    Yep. I've always said if Fender were smart they'd hire him as head of relicing. Best aging process and best neck process.
     

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