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Reviews✅ 2019-12-21T10:49:10-05:00

Hello Rick,

First at morning i went to the postal office, and got the Tele. You made a professional instrument, in every single fret’s the sound absolutely astonishing. This one you made is definitely the best, you are professional Rick. Working with you it’s pleasure, and the first Instrument told me exactly you were the right man to work with. Your attention to detail and your professionalism has been

tremendous and I am a very happy customer indeed. it’s alway’s pleasure to work with you. Thank you again.

Jackob.M Israel

Hello Rick !

I received guitar ,Thank so much ! My son loves it! You did unbelievable job on this guitar. I’m going to leave super positive feedback about You and your shop. One more time Thank You for your honest business. God bless You !


Pavel Gud

Dear Rick,

I received the guitar today. You were right. It looks great and sounds even better. I have been playing it nonstop, totally clean, but also using a lot of my favorite effect combinations. It is a pleasure to play, you did a great job on the neck. Thanks again for building this beauty and for your generous spirit and support.


Hi Rick,

What can I say, the guitar is fantastic. It feels like it was made for me. The neck is prefect, and the action is supple and responsive. I love the ash body – it’s so light! I’m going to be putting in alot of hours on this girl, so I’m glad it’s so comfortable to play. I’ve had many guitars over the years, but this is my first strat, and I’m glad I waited. The case is great to – very skoocum (tough)…and light too!

Thank you so much for your help with the tracking. Looks like it was another case of our silly Customs department taking their sweet time. So much for free trade. Oh well, it’s here! and I’m very excited.

Thanks again,

Rob • Vancouver, British Columbia


Dear Rick,

Ok…I was supposed to receive a nice guitar with a nice sound, etc. But I received a real GEM instead. You’ve made a superb instrument, and I have never had a guitar like this on my hands. Thank you forever.


Hey Rick!

I got the guitar and I love it. It sounds awesome. Everything about it is perfect. Thanks for everything. I’m at work so sorry for this being short. Thanks again,

Les Gaverluk • Port Colborne, Ontario

Les Gaverluk

Hey Rick!

Sorry it took me a bit to sit down and right this email. I’ve been to pre-occupied playing and recording this GEM of a guitar 🙂 you’re a wonderful craftsman and I’ll definitely keep you in mind for future purchases! This guitar is absolutely beautiful, it’s exactly what I expected. It is an amazing guitar and its working wonderfully with my studio. Thanks a lot for building this for me! I’ll be heading to college soon for audio production and this guitar is going to BLOW them away 🙂 the black hardware and black body just look amazing, it makes me smile every time. As soon as I record a few final tracks I’ll send them your way I’ll give you feedback on ebay tonight as well but for now, back to the studio!! Thanks Again!

Michael Liesenfelder

Hello Rick,

Just a quick note to tell you that I received the Tele today. This guitar is simply Awesome! Looks great, Sounds great, and plays like a dream. Love it man… If I run into anyone looking for their “next guitar” I will send them your way…


Eddie Perritt • Winston-Salem, NC

Eddie Perritt

Dear Rick,

Fantastic! I bought this as a back up to my other strat, and it has blown that one out of the water.

Dominic Rippel

USPS was very efficient this week. The axe arrived today to my pleasant surprise. First impressions, I’m blown away at how nice this looks and sounds. The neck is wonderful, the weight is just right. It’s aesthetically and physically well balanced. I can see myself playing through long sets without feeling fatigued. Initially out of the box, the strings buzzed but that was because the action was very low, strings almost touching the frets. Maybe the neck shifted a bit in transit? Neck looks okay though. Is that the truss adjuster on the side of the neck? I adjusted the bridge to bring the action up to my specs and it feels great. I think I’m going to get spoiled by this neck. Chord tones have a nice shimmer to them when strummed, single notes punchier than I’m used to, most likely due to the EMG’s which sound nicer than Gibson ’57 humbuckers. It’s feels funny to go back to a standard strat after playing this guitar. Well, those are my first impressions. I’m going to play it at a jam session this weekend, that will be the true test. I have a feeling it’s going to be a real blast to play. I’ll call you Monday and let you know how it all went.

Best Regards,

Eddie Lastra

Eddie Lastra



      The guitar came in today. It is a very, very good looking piece of equipment! I played it all afternoon and I love it. It is a fast picking-hot sounding-country-chicken-pickin- super-dupper-hog-back-hemi-deluxe. I was playing it through a twin reverb amp and could get multiple different type tones out of the three pickups on this Nashville Tele. I really like the guitar and will be showing it off to a whole bunch of guitar playing fools. Expect some calls.

 Thank you

Dave Morrison • 20455 BIA 2

Dave Morrison


Sorry for the delay, have been tied up for a few days. I received the guitar last Friday, could hardly wait to open the package.  By the way, the postal service delivered it in fine shape, and the packaging was great.

What a beautiful guitar.  After taking it out of the packaging, I did a quick tune up and it was ready to go. I Spent several hours playing it, fooling around with different amp setting/pick-up selections, and basically just having fun with this excellent guitar.  Really like the Warmoth neck too, and the setup is perfect.

Thanks again for the time you spent talking with me about guitars and answering my questions.  Also, I wanted to let you know that after thinking about it, I don’t need the “whammy bar” as we discussed – would likely never use it and I appreciate your guidance and suggestions about it.

Thank you for the amazing guitar.

Bill Rosenberry

Dear Rick,

The guitar arrived Monday. This is a fantastic guitar! Thanks. your work is excellent. The finish on the body is first-rate and the neck is superb. The guitar plays easily, and that makes me a better player. Music flows a lot better when you don’t have to fight the instrument. The only thing I might find fault with is the lack of a whammy bar and a ready-to-play trem. But that seems minor stacked against the guitar. This is an excellent guitar. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy another from you.  

I appreciate the fine instrument, the workmanship, the price and the prompt delivery.

Best wishes,

Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson

Hi Rick,

 I was worried that I would be too heavy-handed for a guitar with “super low action” as you described…

 But, my worries were unfounded.  Wow!  I love the playability of the this guitar.  So much easier, now I can play longer without fatigue.

 Never dreamed I’d own a fine instrument like this.  Everything sounds perfect and you really made a stunning guitar.

 Problem is, now I have to practice more often to upgrade my playing to match the beauty of this excellent guitar…but, that will be fun!

 Thank You,

 Scott Denman • [email protected]

Scott Denman

Hi Rick,

The guitar arrived in perfect condition. I have played it for a few hours already and I am having a lot of trouble putting it down. I can`t believe the set-up and quality of the instrument vs the cost. You should be charging a lot more for your instruments. The set up is fantastic. I’ve been playing for over 40 years and played at least 100 different guitars and this guitar is one of the best ever. Thanks for making and old guy happy.

Thanks again,


Rolf Laurin

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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!

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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.

Takehiko Muto

Englewood, NJ

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.

Pete Novelli

New Orleans, LA

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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!!!

Tom Perlongo

Milwaukee, WI

Haywire Thin Telecaster- I bought mine used..if you can call it that, it is absolutely beautiful...I was blown 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.

George Waltman

Coffeeville, AL

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.

Thanks Rick,

Rolf Laurin

Greenacres, WA


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 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!

Jerald Wolf

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.

Shaw Entekhabi

Lincoln, NH

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!

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Douglas, GA

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

Saginaw, MI

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.

Thank You,

Rich Williamson

Mason, OH

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 🙂

Mark Doeglas

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

Abingdon, Maryland

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.

Eli Weed

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!

Tim Richey

Crestview, FL

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.

Carl Wolf

Alexandria, VA

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.

Rod Sollenberger

Carlisle, PA

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!!

Doug Campbell

Chesterfield, SC

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Dear Rick,

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.

Dave Garcia

Western Australia

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