The Damcaster is modeled after Fender’s Telecaster, one of the most iconic electric guitar designs. Designed by Leo Fender, the Telecaster has been in continuous production since it was first released in 1950. It was the first solid body electric guitar to meet with commercial success and has become symbolic of America’s contribution to music, particularly in country, blues, funk, and rock and roll. Its solid construction allowed for loud play with long sustain but without the hard feedback that hollow bodied instruments tend to produce at higher volume.
While every Damcaster features the same design and historic material, each is built custom to the player’s specifications with their feedback solicited throughout production. Each major aspect of the guitar allows for ways to customize the design to meet the buyer’s tastes and needs.
The reclaimed wood is as rough and rugged as the woodlands from which it was originally harvested. Select blanks include unique knots, patterns, cracks, nail holes, and other character. Players will have a say in choosing the blank from which the guitar will be cut.
All bodies feature the Georgia Quarter medallion (made of ebony, maple, and a choice of shell inlays) which stands as a mark of quality and a show of respect to the wood’s birthplace and the culture that grew along with it.
The body design may also be customized to include a back contour as was originally featured on the Deluxe version released in the early 70s. Beyond the comfort factor, the contour also serves to reduce weight, making it a common choice among performing musicians.
Binding and purfling are also options, with material choices including traditional plastics (white, black, tortoise, and various combinations) as well as wood (maple, koa, mahogany, rosewood, and walnut). While the choice of a back contour limits binding to the front face of the guitar, an uncontoured body may be bound on both the front and back.
Options for finishes include three major options: natural/unstained, stained, and charred using the “shou sugi ban” technique. Shou sugi ban involves burning the wood over an open flame creating a more rustic appearance. The wood inherits a rugged texture, accentuating the natural cracks and fissures while the natural sap caramelizes contributing a rich red stain-like color.
Gunstock oil is the topcoat of choice as it provides a solid protective layer while allowing for the texture of the wood to come through. Not to mention, it’s just bad ass. Who wouldn’t want a guitar finished in the same manner as the stock of an heirloom shotgun?
All necks are maple sustainably forested from the great state of Maine. It is not lost that such elegant, figured woods are rare and should be treated as a treasure, harvested in ways that leave the forest intact and able to provide for future generations. Players have a choice of birdseye, curly, or unfigured maple with the figured woods being available in three grades: 2A, 4A, and Exhibition Grade.
Necks can also be stained to direct the color in a more yellow or brown range. Further, neck blanks can be roasted in a process called torrefaction which gives the wood a richer color, ranging from honey to dark walnut.
Players can also choose the geometry of the neck. Radius options include 7.25” (the traditional Telecaster radius), 10.5”, 12”, or 16”. The back of the neck can be carved to take on a D shape (commonly seen on Telecasters and Stratocasters, V shape (with thinner edges), or C shape (more commonly seen in modern designs).
Inlays options are endless. Standard design features fret dots, made from the same heart pine as the bodies, but players can personalize the neck to include custom fret markers, a single 12th fret design, or a larger inlay that traverses multiple frets.
All Damcasters feature Villains by Mullinax Pickups which are custom-made for Georgia Quarter in Dacula, Georgia. Villains are designed to have better balance between the neck and bridge positions than your average tele pickups. The neck is a classic rhythm sound, without being too dark or muddy. The bridge is clear and twangy without the piercing highs.
Bridge choices include various contemporary and vintage styles with the Joe Barden vintage and Mastery Tele bridge being our favorite options with the Mastery bridge being a great option to complement a Bigsby B5 vibrato. Tuners can also be vintage or modern style to match. Hardware finish options include polished or aged nickel.
While the standard pickguard is custom cut from rusted steel, players can choose from white, black, tortoise pickguards or no pickguard at all for a simpler, more elegant look.
All non-vibrato designs also feature nickel pass-through string ferrules.