Yes I received it. It is absolutely a gem. Everything I expected and more, no kidding. I have 5 SG Gibsons, an Explorer, a Les Paul and this guitar is so much fun to play. I took it right from the package to band practice and had an inspired night because it sounds so much different than my other guitars. However, just so you know. I fully intend to not only buy another from you very soon but recommend you. As a retailer that depends on positive feedback and referrals. I have to share this with you guy to guy. Part of what set you apart was the detailed set up of the guitar. I will enjoy this axe for years, and I`m dead serious about buying another, probably black with gold hardware. A very happy and satisfied player, will be a repeat customer no question. Thanks for all your help and support. Well done. P.S. I have an ebay store as a power seller with great feedback.
I got the guitar yesterday and have been playing it since it arrived. Mission accomplished, I love the width at the nut as expected. No more unintentional mute of the B string, etc. Plugged it into my rig consisting of Mesa Studio Pre, SimulClas 295, stereo Marshall cabs, Korg A3 & Electro-
WOW! The neck was just delivered to my office and it looks FABULOUS!!! Feels great, too…”unplugged”. Can’t wait to get it home and get it back on the Tele… Rick, I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate the quality neck shaving work, blazingly fast turnaround and unbelievable customer service. Count me as a huge fan, and a very satisfied customer. Can’t wait to do business with you again! Thanks again.
Rick, I am a very happy customer, so I wanted to give you a testimonial you can use on your website or eBay auctions: “Rick, I am LOVING the guitar you made for me. It sounds great, looks great, plays like a dream, and stays in tune. Can’t ask for much more than that!” Thank You.
Just had to tell you guys,
I’ve been playing since ’68, had a bunch of stringed instruments over the years and probably am more than just a little obsessed with guitars. (But who isn’t, right?) And though I’ve never been a Tele guy, I guess I just never saw one like this! It’s about as close to perfection as a guitar can get. Its got everything I could want, the neck scale, the pickups, the Bigsby and the colors, it’s all just right on.
You are right, I do love it. The guitar looks great, it feels fantastic and it sounds brilliant. Unfortunately, that’s given me a problem. I need 2 guitars and I don’t even want to touch my old one since your guitar arrived this morning. Which means that I’ll have to buy another HAYWIRE guitar,so I’m getting straight on to your e-
Thanks again Rick for a great guitar.
I just bought a Haywire custom Strat via e-
I finally got the guitar last week but I was working up north so, yes, more waiting. The guitar looks and plays amazing as you assured me. It looks so clean and feels like a Les Paul should. I am very happy I sent it you for setup and repair and look forward to doing future business with you. Thanks again Rick! You resurrected a neglected instrument and I will definitely be showing it off!!
Haywire Strat 335
I have the solid body, neck-
Once again I wanted to thank you for your amazing work building my Black Mamba. This instrument is truly a work of art! You have been a pleasure to work with throughout the entire process. I absolutely love the abalone inlays, both on the neck and in the knobs. Thanks so much for suggesting that I go with them. Those, along with the AAA Birds-
I will definitely be recommending you to anybody I know that may be in the market for a new guitar. Dollar for dollar this was by far the best value out there. I could not have gone anywhere and bought an instrument with half the features I wanted for the same price you gave me on this one with everything I asked for (and a few extras)!
Hopefully early next year I’ll be ready to have you start a new project. That Great Bigsby Tele has really got my attention. Of course, I’d have you add a few modifications, but I know it would be a magnificent axe. Keep up the good work! I’ll be in touch.
Brian Bartlett • Cumming, GA
I did my first gig with the new baby! It was a One Tree Hill gig at a men’s recovery center in Dahlonega, GA.
Both Mambas were amazing, and having one to compliment the other is an awesome combination. There was a guy there who plays and he was admiring your work. he even came back and told me that he went to your website. He was very impressed! And, I am one VERY PROUD 2-
I’m attaching a picture that might work for your website. Again, I can’t do the guitars justice if I’m in the picture with them, but this one came out OK. I’ll keep taking more as gigs come up.
Thanks Rick for everything!
I just had to write you this morning to tell you how much I appreciate all the extras you did for me building my “blues machine” –
Oh, and what a looker –
I’ll send you a picture from the first gig –
Mark Ahuna •Mooresville , NC
Sorry it took so long to write but i just can’t put her down, its beautifully made the craftsmanship that went into this magnificent guitar is overwhelming. Thanks for talking me into the soft V neck with the conical radius-
Robert Conway • McAlester,Oklahoma
You were right. I don’t want to put this bass down! Even though I’ve only been playing a year, I’ve played on about 8 other basses. This one you made is definitely the best. It even beats out my Fender Jazz Fret less that also has a Warmoth Neck, and I Love that Fret less. The guys in my office think this P-
If I had to stretch and come up with a criticism, it would be that this bass has too much sustain for a P-
Russ Annixter • New York City
I wanted to drop you a line to tell you about Baby’s debut. The blues band that I play with did a show in Frankenmuth, Michigan (about 30 minutes from where I live in Saginaw) that was to be for their annual auto show, but it turned into an auto show-
I accidentally forgot two of the guitars I was going to bring my Godin guitar to the job for synth and acoustic stuff and another Fender guitar I have used for 20 years. So along with my Strat strung with .011 to .052 for slide and Baby that was all I had to do the show.
Our drummer’s wife (who rarely says anything) described my playing as “on fire” I told her I was just inspired. I know I’ve thanked you many times before, but I feel like I need to thank you again. This guitar will be a part of my blues arsenal for a long time to come. I’m sure I’ll get restless soon and get a hair up there to start another project. When I do, I’ll let you know.
Testimonials From Our Customers
Guitar from Haywire-Etraverzo. I purchased a guitar from Haywire Custom Guitars in 2016 and man it’s got to be one of my best guitars going forward. I especially love the way it sustains with the treble bleed volume mod circuit. No loss of highs when the volume knob is brought down to any number 3-10. This is awesome option to have if you play blues or SRV music. Must have! The neck action is comfortable from the first fret through the 21st. I mean low action all the way through. Finally, the 7 sound toggle switch adds to all the other wonderful sound this guitar makes. I give it 5 stars ***** and, Rick from Haywire is a very friendly and professional guy. Very guitar smart as it relates to sound and set up. Sincerely very happy Customer!
Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
Haywire Tele-Takehiko Muto: Hello Rick, sorry for my late review. I've just come back to the U.S. today and received my Haywire Tele without any damage or problems. Let me say, it's the most "PERFECT TELE" I've ever played. I really love the shaved neck and overall the balance of play-ability is really amazing. 6100 fret, 24 fret neck thinner neck, American bridge, and Seymour Duncans! I can say these are all in perfect balance. Just played 2 hours and It's so nice and comfortable. I can never part with my Tele. I have a great playing guitar that plays EXACTLY how I need it to play comfortably as a guitarist.
I got the guitar yesterday and yes she's a beauty. Also, I love it. The guitar is everything I hoped it would be, the set up is perfect. Thank you for the phone calls and friendly conversation. You need to be complimented on your customer service and for assuring that everything was as I desired. My satisfaction with doing business with you is complete. I look forward to purchasing one of your custom builds in the future. Finally, Thanks and Merry Christmas to you and yours-John Adams
Pete Novelli Tele-Custom Humbucker Tele
I play guitar professionally around New Orleans and tour. Rick Mariner built a custom tele for me in Dec 2011. On phone we were able to identify all of the details I wanted in the guitar. Rick did a great job of communicating and then delivering on what we discussed. And fast. It's a beautiful natural alder tele with a Warmoth compound radius neck (never had one of those before, it is great) and a humbucker at neck and "hot-rail" humbucker at bridge.
The guitar was set up lower than I actually needed. I raised action. Intonation and other adjustments were perfect. I've gone thru a LOT of guitars and this one should be the last one for me, except maybe a spare just like it. I play mostly in a trio format so I like the thicker sound of a humbucker tele, but I still can get that tele "twang" if I want to. Sustain is enormous, the tones are articulate and I guess the guitar just has what I would call "Presence". If guitarists feel good about their guitar then there will be less roadblocks to their success as musicians." Thank you, Rick.
New Orleans, LA
Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
Tommy Berntzen Guitar: I bought a midnight blue Telestrater from Haywire last year, and it is truly the most magnificent guitar I have ever looked at and played! it is a true beauty in the full sense of the word.I have never played a guitar with pickups with such a rapid response and such great clean tone. Both with and without distortion it sounds great. I am also extremely pleased with the neck, it makes it so much easier to move my fingers around and it has an incredibly good feel to it.
Most of all, I really couldn't tell you enough how impressed I am in regards to your work at Haywire. I have looked through your website and at the other guitars. Consequently, I can clearly tell the difference in terms of quality and play-ability compared to guitars. Much better than a regular music store, it is really great. so keep on going! If guitarists feel good about their guitar then there will be success as musicians.
Tommy Berntzen: Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
Wendell Matthews: Pro, I felt fortunate to discover Rick Mariner after I moved from Nashville to South Carolina. I was so impressed with the craftsmanship and sound of Haywire guitars. I used them almost exclusively on my last recording project. As a result, after playing a Haywire guitar in the studio, one of my session men ordered a customized one for himself. No big sales pitch was necessary. When you see and hear a Haywire, you'll know why. They are musicians working for musicians, therefore they’ve been where we're going as players.
Wendell Matthews - Singer/Songwriter
Myrtle Beach, SC
Haywires Guitars-I wanted to take a few moments to tell you that I really appreciate your skill and craftsmanship as a Haywire Guitar builder . Your guitars are quite simply the best I have ever played. Every time I take one to a jam or gig I get compliments all night long on the great tone as well as the stunning looks of the instruments you built for me. They are a joy to play and are exactly the way I want them to be. I will be a customer for life. A guitars shape, size, sound, feel and looks on the requirements of the player buying it. So the guitars that leave the Haywire Custom Shop go to specific players. There are as many guitars to build as there are players. It’s endless.
Carl E. Sperry, Jr.
Little River, SC
I recently received my new creation by Rick Mariner at Haywire Guitars. "The Violator" is an incredibly built Stratocaster. In this particular guitar I asked Rick to install a super distortion pickup made by DiMarzio in the bridge position. It also has a YJM single coil in the middle and an Eric Johnson Humbucker in the neck position.
This guitar is excellent for hard rock / metal. Being a Stratocaster is also just as great for blues and any other types of music that you might be into playing. Instead of just a volume post I had Rick install two tone controls as a traditional Strat would have.
The hardware is finished in gold and comes with a Floyd Rose Tremolo system. I also had a locking nut installed to keep the guitar in tune while Dive-bombing the trem. The body is finished in Charcoal Frost & the neck is vintage shaped, Flame Maple custom piece w/ an Ebony fret-board with block inlays. This guitar is my 2nd Custom Built from Haywire within 6 Mos. Haywire builds an excellent guitar!!!
Haywire Thin Telecaster- I bought mine used..if you can call it that, it is absolutely beautiful...I was blown away..it looks NEW. Thin body (about strat thickness) Black with black pearloid pick-guard, Birdseye maple neck and fret-board. Equally important, it by far is the best playing guitar I have played, and own another Tele, a Strat, and a Les Paul to compare it to. Equally important, Rick is a very talented guy, and is the "Definition" of customer service. In fact, I will be a repeat customer. Mine is a true CUSTOM guitar. Finally, my hat is off to ya Rick you did a great job.
Rolf Laurin-Haywire guitar. Playing guitar for over 40 years. In fact, I've had the good fortune to play many instruments. My new Haywire guitar is special. Also, components are upgraded, the finish is flawless, the guitar sounds great and plays better than anything I've owned or tried in the past. This set-up is exceptional, as a matter of fact its so easy to play that you have to get used to it.
Its that good. Contact with Haywire is always within 24 hours and and as a result, it was productive. The instrument is a sunburst American Standard Strat. The neck and center pick-ups are vintage with a SD humbucker in the bridge position. First, yes he did a custom install to get me the sound I was looking for. That`s Haywire for you. Second, the price was so reasonable I never expected to get the quality instrument and the quality set-up I actually received. There nothing else out there that can touch a Haywire. I know there are more Haywire guitar purchases in my future. Do yourself a favor and play one. Consequently, you`ll write a review just like mine.
THE HAYWIRE EXPERIENCE
I wasn't sure if I should buy a guitar with the name Haywire on the head-stock...if it wasn't a "real" name-brand guitar...BUT, after comparing MANY name-brand & custom-made guitars AND very careful consideration, I decided to give Haywire a chance...
firstly, the guitars look amazing & the prices are low...in fact,being very skeptical...I've been playing for decades & never bought a guitar without playing it, but these guitars jumped out at me...
Secondly, I saw a Haywire SG (beautiful) & then a knock-out vanilla Strat & then an shiny silver Strat & back again...I couldn't decide which one...this is where Rick Mariner of Haywire came in...he's caring, knowledgeable & EXTREMELY patient...I bought the vanilla Strat, changed my mind & wanted the silver one. I eventually bought a natural SRV Strat that I wasn't even thinking of buying. I LOVE IT! the workmanship is fantastic & it plays like a dream. It came set up perfectly ...a truly beautiful guitar.
I couldn't be happier & Rick was great!
Huntington Station, NY
Since the late sixties I have owned and traded a many precious guitars. As for play-ability I could never have one guitar that satisfied me with all the needs I had. My Tele has great action but I miss the full sound of humbuckers, the Les Paul custom plays great but I sometimes miss that twangy sound of a fender. When I saw this guitar on Haywire web site, it was exactly what I was looking for.
The few I found and was ready to purchase where in the $2600 -$3000 range. When Rick sent me the details on this baby I did not need to think twice. I have had it for 3 days now and logged over 20 hours on it already;-) Love the neck action, I love the rich variation of sounds i am getting from this guitar. I'm Still discovering more possibilities with it. This is only guitar one needs to take to a gig. Does it all. It can't beat. It's light weight and comfortable even after several hours. I am lucky to have discovered Haywire guitars and this certainly will not be my last purchase from them.
Howard Kennedy Guitar. I have been around musicians throughout my life and have always been an admirer of fine instruments. A personalized guitar has been something I have thought about and wanted. Every guitar player is different and so are his/her hands. A guitar needs to be comfortable and light-weight enough to play for hours at a time in any situation without fatigue. The sound has to be clear and tone-great. I contacted Rick and he made that possible. Rick asked what I wanted and sent pictures and detailed statistics and made a beautiful guitar for me on my terms. I know that the guitar he made custom for me will only grow in value. After buying this guitar I will not ever need another stratocaster!
Howard Kennedy: Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
David Cline Guitar. Firstly,"I just worked with Rick AGAIN on a custom Haywire Tele-Blaster and I am 110% satisfied with the results. The guitar looks like an early 50’s pawnshop prize maple neck Telecaster with a Duncan Little ’59 at the top loading bridge with a Gibson P-100 soap bar at the neck. Equally important, imagine grafting the sound of the meanest Les Paul with a smooth old jazz box in a Tele body. That’s my new baby. This is the second custom project that I've done with Rick and he’s outdone himself this time. The action, the fit, the intonation are all superior. In fact, as a result, I’m proud to play these guitars in public. I will spread the word of Haywire to anyone who will listen. Thanks a million Rick.
David Cline: Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
Richard Williamson Guitar-Hi Rick,
I received the guitar today and I have only one word to say...... INCREDIBLE!
This thing plays as good if not better than my Les Paul and sounds better too which is no surprise as it always had better tone than any of my guitars. Thanks for the attention to detail on the neck and the finish. I would honor being any kind of reference for you and I will certainly pass your name around for those who are in need of your services.
I will be in touch with you on future setups and a tele build.
Mark Doeglas Guitar: Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
A guitar needs to be comfortable and light-weight enough to play for hours at a time. As well as, in any situation without fatigue. The sound has to be clear and tone-great. The action and feel need to be consistent all the way down the neck so you won’t be forced to alter your playing technique as you travel around on the fret board. A guitar players instrument needs to be in tune on every fret. I've had this beauty for a week now, it plays very well sounds great and looks so good it almost hurts 🙂
9724AW GRONINGEN Netherlands
Joseph Lo Grande Guitar. Mr. Rick Mariner built a guitar for me. Firstly, he calls it The Haywire335 Strat. Secondly, and equally important, it turns out to be the very best guitar I have ever owned. The Gibson ES350 and the ES-175 I owned are very good guitars and this Haywire 335 Strat feels and plays better. I am amazed. Have played guitar for 62 years(10 of those years professionally) in fact, this guitar is the most outstanding of them all. The action and feel is consistent all the way down the neck. As a result, you won’t be forced to alter your playing technique as you travel around on the fret board. A guitar players instrument needs to be in tune on every fret.
Thank you Rick Mariner
Joseph Lo Grande
Eli Weed Guitar. After playing some of Rick's guitars, I was impressed with the appointments, the action, the polished paint jobs and his attention to detail. I entrusted my prized 70's Fender Precision to him which was in dire need of restoration from my 20 years of regular use. Rick went above and beyond expectations. I was going to keep it as a secondary instrument, but found myself using it as a primary once again. I couldn't help it; it plays, looks and sounds so much better. And I get so many compliments, it's ridiculous. Thanks Rick, you are the best. I couldn't recommend anyone more.
Tim Richey Guitar. I couldn't be happier with my killer new Haywire "Telestrater" guitar. It clearly surpasses all 4 of my other electrics including my ES-175D, Fender Strat and Les Paul. I never thought I could make that statement until now. The fit, finish, intonation, EMG Select pickups and sweet Warmoth neck is as good as it gets. Rick Mariner is a true craftsman, luthier and an exceptionally great guitarist to boot. Strings added are a comfortable gauge without too much resistance thus making it easier to push down to the crown of the frets. It's a no brainer where I'll get my next guitar,...Rock On Rick,...and Haywire Custom Guitars!
Carl Wolf Guitar. If you need any type of guitar repair, no matter how big or difficult the job is, you would do best to contact Haywire Guitars in Conway, SC. Rick Mariner is the founder of this great guitar repair shop and is friendly, courteous, and always attentive to the the customer's needs and wants. Rick will always go the extra mile to make your guitar repair first rate and sound and play better than ever. He is also extraordinarily fast in turning around all repairs and is very quick to ship back to you. I can't recommend this merchant enough for all guitar players/collectors.
Rod Sollenberger Guitar. I am so glad I found Haywire Custom Guitars in my search for a quality instrument. Haywire's attention to detail and construction are second to none in my view. As for Rick Mariner, what a great guy. His genuine concern and enthusiasm in the process of getting everything the way I wanted in my guitar says it all. That man put the stamp on customer service. I practice and play guitar more than I ever have thanks to my Haywire Custom Stratocaster. I am very satisfied with my purchase and have plans for another in the future.
Doug Campbell-Two Haywire Guitars
I am the proud owner of two Haywire Custom Guitars. They are fine instruments! The excellent craftsmanship, superb play-ability, and overall beauty make them tops on my list. The action and feel is consistent all the way down the neck. I can play a diverse variety of music with the great sounds from this instrument. These guitars have every sound, tone and style covered. Keep up the good work at Haywire Custom Guitars!!
Haywire Custom Guitars Reviews
It arrived looking factory fresh and it is stunning.
It has a sunburst gloss finish medium light alder body and a vintage maple '59 roundback neck. Rick Mariner is very precise in describing his guitars, but that does not prepare you for how beautifull his instruments sound, look and feel.
He is obviously passionate about his work, and wants his customers to be completely satisfied with their purchase.
Such great attention to detail, with your guitars, your customers needs and communication is second to none.
That's why I bought another Haywire Custom Guitar just a few weeks after buying the first.
I strongly recommend Haywire Custom Guitars to anyone thinking of buying a guitar.
All the best Rick,
I hope your business goes great,you really deserve it.