Some interesting assumptions in your post. I buy my guitars to play and keep - and really could not care less about value in the used market. I go to folks like McInturff, Kauer and Lentz because of their mad skills - not because of "what would happen if I decide some day in the future to sell." I also have an utter one-off Danocaster I will never sell.Man it’s 2020 now, and I’m a little amazed at how things change. When I first heard of Nash, they were the elite alternate Fender brand to buy. This was back in 2010ish. I believe that a lot of the hate on Nash has to do with Bill Nash actually being able to scale his business to demand, something that guys like Danocaster either refused to do or were unable to do. So now the former underdog Nash has a ton of guitars out there, and they are great, but everyone has heard of them and seem to be getting tired of them. Probably started when we started to see guys like John Mayer play one. Now K-line is becoming the new hotness because Danocaster keeps messing with all of us with his limited Instagram lottery race method of selling. Until I can be sure K-line will reasonably be able to hold value and be able to move hands quickly when posted for sale I’ll be looking on eagerly from the sidelines, as I tend to move through gear quickly. And that’s a plus for Nash, people are more familiar with them and thus easier to sell. There is also a wide selection of used ones that can be found for sale at any given time. I would never buy new. Like a car, the instant you drive a new one off the lot they lose quite a bit in value (depending on model and extras) but they tend to hold a steady used value from $1400-$1700.
That all being said, some might argue that as Bill scaled up to meet demand, quality went down. I have absolutely no idea if that is true though, my one constant asset is a T-57 is from 2012 and I can’t put it down. I will say I would not buy a second one with all these great builders out there to try from (looking at you hard K-Line!).
Next, I don't think Dan Strain is "messing" with anybody. As far back as 2011/2012, when I spoke with Dan and purchased my Danocasters, he was wrestling with how/if he wanted to ramp up his business. Dan's a very solid and nice cat and very smart person. I think he simply became tired and bit disenchanted with the growth his business went through and wanted to "take a breather" and get back to his roots - which was building cool guitars that he wanted to build, and then selling them when they are/were completed. I don't believe Dan has/had any ill intent or intent to mess with anybody - rather, he is in the enviable position to build what interests him, and he has a demand that outstrips the supply.
And, to get back to the topic, Chris K is a solid cat, and builds a great product. In house. Under his own control. At very fair prices. I do not own one of Chris's guitars - but have played a few - and one in particular that still stays firmly implanted in my mind even though I played it 14 years ago.