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... and it's truly everything I could ever have hoped for, and more!

First, a backstory...

For the better part of the last three years, I've been reading about these beautiful guitars built by Dan Strain in Nashville, TN. I'm typically more of a PRS or Gibson guy, and historically haven't had great luck with Fenders or Fender style axes, so I've tended to stay away from the higher end boutiques in that realm since I haven't had the the best go-round with Strats and Teles. However, every now and then I'll get a bug in my head; a sort of instinct that tells me a guitar will be exactly what I need and everything I expect. Every picture, every post... it just made the GAS stronger to the point where I knew that if I could track down a nice Dano (preferably a Tele) I would find my Excalibur of the Fender world. Being in Canada the problem has been that our dollar has made buying from the US an expensive proposition (especially in the last year) and in three years of looking I had only seen one or two for sale in Canada directly. Finally a few weeks ago I made the decision that I had to try and find a Dano, any Dano...

I spoke with a couple sellers on another forum who were very gracious, but a deal was not to be on those particular guitars due to the aforementioned currency issues. Around the same time, I managed to find someone in Newfoundland here on GC who had a whiteguard Dano Esquire. I sent him a PM asking if by chance he would sell, and after some negotiating, I was the proud owner of a 5.7 lbs, 2013 model year Danocaster Esquire! It arrived last Tuesday perfectly in tune. The seller assured me that the guitar would absolutely meet my expectations. I had been looking for a Tele rather than the Esquire arrangement, but beggars can't be choosers in this case. I had no idea how perfectly the chosen specs would suit me in an instrument.

Since the guitar arrived, I have been playing triple the amount of time that I usually do. The guitar is beyond compare, quite honestly. It's an absolute FEATHERWEIGHT, and given that I have a history of shoulder injury, the 5.7 lbs weight is perfect for me. It has a killer fat C shape profile that is perfectly polished and feels more like a vintage guitar than any of the high end models I've tried by the big "F." The finish work is absolutely spectacular, it's a light relic that perfectly captures the vibe I would have hoped for if ordering to my own specs. The pickup is a Budz "Danocaster" model, which sonically has the greatest range I've ever found in a T style pickup. It works very intuitively with the volume and tone controls to give a range of tones that is beyond versatile. This particular instrument has the "Eldred" wiring mod which gives the benefit of having the tone wide open/bypassed in one position, regular vol/tone control access in another, and then a "cocked wah" type sound which I believe is conjured up by use of some resistors to bring out more of a midrange frequency from the pickup. Either way, it's extremely versatile. I have used the guitar non-stop for rehearsals and gigs since acquiring it and every band has commented how fantastic it sounds and how well it sits in a mix. I'm having a blast playing more than ever. Now that I am done typing this thread, it is time to go play! Thanks for reading, everyone! Thanks to Mike (prsman here on GC) for the killer guitar and great deal.

Some of Dan's "deck shots" along with a couple of my own:






Here's some shots of it that I've taken.





And here's a clip I posted of the guitar yesterday, channeling a bit of the Gilmour vibe. If you're an Instagram user, check it out.

http://instagr.am/p/BFEy6KnmQIf/
Thanks... now, off to play!
Will.
 

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I also don't mesh with Fenders. My playing style needs the strings lifted off the body more than Fenders bridges allow.

Having said that I do love the looks of your new guitar. The relicing looks so natural on this beauty!
 

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WOW!!...CONGRATS on a beautiful guitar AND on the playing skills in your clip.
I listened to the clip several times!

ENJOY your Dano...and PLEASE consider posting a few more (longer would be especially great) clips of your playing in the Gilmour vibe.
 

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WOW!!...CONGRATS on a beautiful guitar AND on the playing skills in your clip.
I listened to the clip several times!

ENJOY your Dano...and PLEASE consider posting a few more (longer would be especially great) clips of your playing in the Gilmour vibe.
That's the plan... Instagram limits the clips to only a minute. Perhaps later this week I will get some time to do a few longer clips. The guitar is very inspiring.

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Nice, found your Möbius too I see!
This guitar is the perfect tool for this artist. Well done.


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Nice, found your Möbius too I see!
This guitar is the perfect tool for this artist. Well done.


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Yep! I bought a used one that came in at L&M for a really fairly good price. I'm really enjoying the Mobius! Great pedal.

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That looks just like the ('57? '59?) Esquire that Avenue Guitars here in Edm have in their collection.

For me, I don't need anything more than a bridge pup in a Tele/Esq - and I've never heard a bad Tele bridge pup, so it's *that easy* to get great tone. So much you can do with just V/T, I don't even need a switch.
 

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Perma-grin is a beautiful thing! So is your Dano and so is your playing.

I sat at the edge of my seat as I read your backstory, anxious to know what the Grail was.

Thanks for sharing.
 

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I have an MJT esquire that weighs in around 5 pounds, makes everything else feel like a boat anchor. Love that aged white color!
 

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Congrats!
Been wanting a Danocaster for years now, the only thing stopping me from getting one being my indecisiveness regarding which one to go for... His Strat's, Tele's and Jazzmaster's all equally appeal to me.
5.7lbs... damn... that's the equivalent of dating a 105lb stripp... ahem, gymnast.
 

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love the style and playing ....congrats.
I found the tone to be un-Gilmore like. And that's all I have to say about that.
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Congrats!!! She's a beauty!!!
 

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I have an MJT esquire that weighs in around 5 pounds, makes everything else feel like a boat anchor. Love that aged white color!
You wouldn't be able to pick up my blackguard then. It's heavier than my ES335. I haven't got it on a scale yet, but I'd guess 9.5-10.5 pounds for sure. It's Les Paul heavy.
 

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Is it routed for a neck pickup? I love the minimalist nature of an Esquire, but I use my neck pups way too much to not have one. That's a wonderful guitar! I'm a die hard Tele man myself.
Yep. I had plans to put a neck pickup in there, but it's quite versatile as is...

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That is really sweet looking. Congrats on finding her.
Obviously you need at least 2 more in complementary colours now.
 
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