I had seen a fender cs master build thinline Tele in local guitar shop but it was £4500 and a bit out of my price range, so I thought I would get one built somewhere to the same specs. I found Fraser Guitars online and had seen him on social media.
I arranged a trip down to the workshop to take a look at some of his products, after a 3 hour drive we had a chat, a look around and a play of some of his guitars. I left with a good vibe about the brand so decided to put an order in - thinline Tele , p90s , maple neck with a medium relic paint job. They sent me a price back the next day of £1340 with an alder body (not bad for a supposed hand built guitar) asking me to send some reference pics and the lead time would be 10 weeks. I replied the next day asking for an ash body and for the bridge pick up to not be in the pick guard. The next day I received an email saying thanks for my interest but they where now booked up till March and wishing me good luck in the future. I thought this seemed a little off so I messaged them back and was told that in between the emails going back and forth that they had took on 9 custom build orders so weren’t taking on anymore orders till March and wishing me luck in the future.... So now the really strange part. I waited 3 days then emailed them from a different email address asking about a build, received an email straight back saying no problem and it would be around a ten week wait, so it then became clear to me that he was not fully booked until March and for some reason did not want to take on my order. This was very disappointing and has left a bitter taste about so called custom builds ??