Danocaster retires. Shuts shop down.

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  1. Mike R.

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    Just saw on Facebook. Dan is moving on and not making guitars anymore. I’m really lucky to own one.
     
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    Always wanted one, because of the Instagram account.
     
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  3. Mike R.

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    That’s what put me onto mine. I have had it about 5 years now and it isn’t going anywhere.
     
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    Did he go out the right way and finish up all the orders that he took deposits on? That seems to be a rarity in today's world.
     
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    I had no idea he was close to that part of his life, guess i'm out of luck. Good luck to Dan, whatever he chooses.
     
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    I followed him on Facebook for a few years, his finishes and style were an inspiration. I played one of his guitars briefly at a shop, it was impressive.
     
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    Didn't he have some health issues as well? Hope all is well.
     
  9. Mike R.

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    Yes.
     
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    Dan is the person who told me about the TDPRI, and encouraged me to join. He use to come into an old guitar store in Nashville (now defunct) where I once worked. Super, super guy.
     
  11. StrangerNY

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    You and me both, man. He built such a great guitar, and I was lucky enough to pick it off the wall at LA Vintage. It's become my workhorse.

    I've wanted to get another one for a while, but I'll consider myself lucky to own the one I've got.

    Here's the announcement from his Facebook page.

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    - D
     
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    Class Act...
     
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  14. Mike R.

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    That's a conundrum.
    I **love** mine, but $10,000 is a lot of money.
    Looking at it pragmatically I would love to reduce my mortgage by that amount.
     
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    I checked Reverb as soon as I saw his announcement, and there were 3 of his guitars up.

    I checked again this morning, and there are now 8 of them, and the cheapest one is $3700. Three of them are over $10K.

    Says a lot for the quality of the merchandise. Those guitars really are that good.

    EDIT: Check that. Now there are 10 of them. People are cashing in. Not me man, I like mine too much to let it go.

    - D
     
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    The danocasters i have seen when browsing online were very affordable, i might still spring for one, hard to imagine one going for that kind of money.
    I suspect there are "higher grade" Danos i haven't seen?
     
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    I think some are trying to capitalize on the fact that there are no more Danos in the pipeline. He's building for the folks who put down a deposit, but anyone waiting to get in line is out of luck.

    And I was always under the impression that any of his guitars started at the base price of around $2300, and any special order stuff like binding or different pickup configurations would drive the price up from there. The prices on the 'Verb are so high now because there are no new guitars coming. That's my best guess, anyway.

    - D
     
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    Selling prices are different to buying prices & I suspect the buying price will start to emerge when the dust settles & reality hits.

    Dan’s guitars have always been top drawer but I’m not so sure they’re $10k top drawer. Still, a fool and his money are easily parted.

    :) Peter
     
  19. StrangerNY

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    All true! I think even the guys who are pricing them 'moderately' ($6 to $7K) are going to have a hard time moving them for that much money.

    The one guitar on there that might have a claim to that much money is the last of the 'Freakin' Danocasters. The decal got him in dutch with Fender and he changed the logo to what's on the later ones.

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    - D
     
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    Ha ha! Freakin’ Danocaster! Love it!

    I went a slightly different route having the legendary Clive Brown create me my Broadcaster replica and it’s a keeper - for life. My kids were arguing over who was going to get it when I die!!

    So is it fair to say that the guys who have rushed to Reverb asking $10k weren’t in it for the guitar, just the ownership.

    I’ve been offered £5k for mine but it’s going nowhere, so I’m wondering what the motives of some of these owners were for waiting for a Danocaster, paying a premium but looking to sell out as soon as the end of the production is announced.

    Maybe I just got lucky I scored my dream guitar.

    :) Peter
     
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