Reviews 2018-06-05T06:05:52-04:00


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.

Greg Symbaluk

Hi Rick,

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-Harmonix boxes. The pickups sound incredible, much wider tone control than other guitars I’ve played, the tone is just outstanding and is extraordinary even compared to an active setup, just like you said. Obviously the guitar is beautiful also, and the neck is just a work of art. The intonation is perfect and action is very low, It’s completely awesome !!

Scottie Elliott

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.

Bill Bronchick

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.

Just, Wow!

Brice Harrison

Hi Rick,

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-bay shop as soon as I’ve written this.

Thanks again Rick for a great guitar.

Dave Garcia

I just bought a Haywire custom Strat via e-bay and I am one happy guitar player. It is just as advertised: It is a dream to play and hold and is absolutely beautiful. This is my first experience with a Strat. My other guitars are a Gibson ES-135 and a Gibson acoustic SJN that I’ve had since 1964. So this Strat is a new thing for me, and I’m having a blast! The action is quite low, and I need to get used to it,(or raise it), and my fingers really fly. The neck has the most beautiful custom inlay that was crafted just perfectly. I love it!

Paul Blum

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!!

Mike Melvin

Haywire Strat 335

I have the solid body, neck-through, 24 fret version of this model and it is one heck of a great guitar. I’ve been playing for 45 years and have owned them all i guess and this guitar blows the rest away. it has a super strat feel but also an SG Supreme vibe as well as it has a stop tail piece and dual humbuckers. the neck is nice and flat and wide which again gives the feel of the SG Supreme. the guitar is comfortable and not too heavy but still produces nice thick and creamy sounds. the attention to detail with Rick’s guitars is quite impressive. the locking tuners are a great example of this detail. the guitar is a work of art purely from an aesthetics point of view but is also a seriously well-built guitar. A professional instrument by anyone’s definition. I’ve talked to Rick several times since i purchased this guitar and his idea of customer service should be a model for the industry. Spread the Word! these are incredible values in today’s over-priced world of guitars…

Terry Murphy

Rick ,

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-Eye Maple neck really do set it off as a very unique guitar…. Uniquely MINE!!

The set-up is perfect. And your attention to detail is superb! As advertised this is a “Gig-Ready” guitar. The neck and action are smoother than anything I’ve ever played. And the combination of the SRV pickups with the EXG and SPC give this baby such a wide range of tones and personalities, I’m thinking of naming her Sybil! She goes from a soft and sweet baby doll to a flame throwing she-devil with the flick of a wrist. I LOVE IT!

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

Brian Bartlett

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-TIME HAYWIRE OWNER!!!!!

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!

Brian Bartlett


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” –I’ve been playing it for a little over a week now just taking it in, and I must say it is without a doubt the best, nicest, coolest guitar I ever had!  The character of this thing is just awesome – it keeps revealing new tones and nuances – and I just love it Dude.  You’re right those pick-ups do ring like a bell…  I love everything about it, the tone, sustain, setup – perfect intonation everything.  I’ve only been playing it through my Blues Cube 60 so far – and what a perfect match!

Oh, and what a looker – she is just “beautimous”!  Dude, the ebony fret-board is awesome – thank you so much!  Having only played off the rack Fenders in the past, I think I can say that this is the only strat I will play for years – I really love this guitar!  Thanks again Rick – your fine work is very much appreciated.

I’ll send you a picture from the first gig – thanks again Rick!


Mark Ahuna •Mooresville , NC

Mark Ahuna

Hi Rick,

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- its outstanding. The pickups with their ” vintage” sound are just what I wanted, I like to bend while playing old Stones mid 60’s songs and Otis Rush tunes. I just can’t put it down. The sounds are smooth & sweet thank you so very much. I’ll be calling around May or June, tax return time to get a custom tele made. You do know I’ll never go back to my Music shop to buy ever again. Thanks it is fantastic! I just keep smiling. Thank you so much RICK!


Robert Conway • McAlester,Oklahoma

Robert Conway

Hey Rick,

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-bass sounds the best of the bunch, too, and I quite agree. It sounds and feels great! Plus it is a real beauty to boot! I may even be able to sell a couple of other basses that I’ve been sitting on since I’d rather play this one. The sound through my small practice amp is so great that I can’t wait to try it and hear it on a full size amp with some power.

If I had to stretch and come up with a criticism, it would be that this bass has too much sustain for a P-bass (at least in my opinion). I know that I need to get better at muting the strings, but what a great problem to have….A bass that sustains too much! Instruments should not only be well crafted, but be works of art unto themselves. This one surely is. I am already thinking ahead to have you build me another one….Maybe next year! I’ll keep in touch.


Russ Annixter • New York City

Russ Annixter

Dear Rick,

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-hurricane relief bash. We raised a tidy sum. Anyway, Baby behaved beautifully. She is easily the brightest guitar I own which backs off to a gorgeous shimmer for rhythm playing. For full on lead work the neck pickup can’t be beat. It is exactly what I expected it to be and then some.

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.

David Cline