Freakin Era or New Dano?

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  1. guitarplayer

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    I've seen some "Freakin Era" Danocasters for sale for just slightly less (~$500) than a new one. Any recommendations whether I should wait for the right new Danocaster or grab an older "Freakin Era" Dano? From what I understand the necks on his new ones are to die for! Is it worth the extra money and wait time for a new one?
     
  2. supersonic1414

    supersonic1414 Silver Supporting Member

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    In my opinion, yes....I love the Freakin builds, and have had several...but like anything else, the more you do something, the better you get.....I think the guitars Dan is putting out now are at a different level, and his chunky C neck may be my favorite neck period ( and I have and have had builds by the best if the best)... Plus if you order, you can get exactly what you want...

    Or just wait for a newer one to pop up...you should be able to get for $300 or so less than new, and they do hit the emporium here and there...
     
  3. thewestwon

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    I have a freakin era s-type that is absolutely killer. I have to imagine Dan has only improved his methods and skill since then, so I wouldn't hesitate to think a new one could be even better. However, I think the freakin decal is one of the greatest things ever.
     
  4. supersonic1414

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    Although I mentions I think Dan's skill have improved, there is no doubt in my mind the Freakin decal is as good as it gets...brilliant.
     
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    rockinrobby Senior member Professional musician ... Gold Supporting Member

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    Yeah but Fender inc. Was not a big fan of the Freakin Logo!!! Hence the new Logo!! :facepalm
     
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    Haha, yeah I can imagine they weren't as amused as us. New headstock shape, too. Keith Urban played a few pretty high profile TV shows with a freakin tele a year or two ago..pretty great to see that on TV.
     
  8. stevieboy

    stevieboy Clouds yell at me Gold Supporting Member

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    i wish you could have referred us to a little more authoritative a source than that.

    :dude

    When they were buying licensed necks, they could use the headstock shape that came on them. Once they started making their own, they couldn't do that.

    As I understand it, anyway.
     
  9. thewestwon

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    I'm far from the expert, but I think there are still issues with rebranding the licensed necks. I feel like I've read a few threads about Nash making some kind of financial agreement to continue using the shape. Either way, I do like Dano's reshaped headstock. A lot of the tweaked versions of the licensed shape look very bad, to me.
     
  10. texrun38

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    Frankly, I have both. A Freakin' Danocaster single cut (with that awesome decal) and voodoo pickups and I also have a 2013 Danocaster single cut. Compare them: Freakin' neck is a tad chunkier, and has a very light finish on the back (though you can't necessarily feel it). It also has a r/w board that is very dark and just gorgeous. It is noticeably lighter than my other one (though I haven't weighed them to get exact difference). The 2013 Danocaster is a tad heavier, has a slightly less chunky/more medium C neck with an amazing satin finish/feel. It's a maple board that is also finished perfectly and gorgeous. It has Lollar/Dano pickups and double binding. Tone wise, the Freakin' is more rock tone and the Danocaster w/ Lollars has more traditional/brighter tele tone. I have TWICE thought of selling one and every single time I'm ready to do so, I start to play them both. I always end up at a point where, while the differences in feel and tone are so slight that it almost makes no sense to keep both, but then I play them and end up where I can't bring myself to let either of them go. Quite simply, figure out your budget and go from there. If you get a freakin' for less, you've scored. If you get a Danocaster used a very slight discount, you've scored. If you order new, you've scored. There are a lot of very talented builders out there, but if you get a Danocaster, you can't go wrong regardless. This is all in my own limited experience, mind you.
     

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