It's been a few weeks since I started this thread, but I just wanted to thank everyone for the input. I ended up completely falling in love with a nocaster in the shop - but not the CC model. Instead I ended up with a 2012 Nocaster Relic that is simply amazing. For what I want, it blew away every other guitar in the shop - custom shop and otherwise. I've never been so inspired by a guitar - I've been so busy playing that I never even got to post about my NGD! I'm sure a danocaster is a great guitar, but there is just something about trying a guitar in person. Plus, the sale meant it ultimately was around $500 Canadian less than a danocaster, so I can't complain too much! Next time I'm in LA, I'll probably make sure to try out a danocaster at LA Vintage Gear, but fender really knocked this nocaster out of the park and I have no regrets. I'll post pictures at some point!