Danocaster Guitars is shutting down

Owner Dan Strain’s exquisite relic’ed electrics will be missed.

Danocaster Double Cut
A version of the Double Cut. Image: Danocaster Guitars' official website

In a blow to the boutique guitar builder community, Danocaster Guitars has announced its closure. Founder Dan Strain shared the news via social media, citing the depletion of his guitar-making capacity as the primary reason for shutting down:

 

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The idea of Danocaster was drawn up 15 years ago while Strain was touring with his wife in a rock band. Not wanting to subject his vintage guitars to the rigours of touring, Strain decided to try his hand at crafting road-ready guitars with a well-worn feel.

That vision was eventually realised with Danocaster’s stunning range of relic’ed instruments, which are available in four categories: Single Cut, Double Cut, Offset and Bass. The company is particularly noted for its approach towards period-accurate specs, which is often narrowed down to the choice of tonewood, finishes, pickguards and more.

Strain’s instruments have also been favoured by a host of professionals, with the likes of Keith Urban, Vertical Horizon’s Matt Scannel, Val McCallum and Nathaniel Rateliff all giving glowing reviews of their Danocasters.

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Danocaster’s posts about its closure have since been flooded with well wishes. The brand has also been remembered fondly on a Gear Page forum thread.

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