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Reviews 2019-05-14T14:03:31-04:00

I recently recieved 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 Tremelo system. I also had a locking nut installed to keep the guitar in tune while Divebombing 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

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.

  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. If guitarists feel good about their guitar then there will be less roadblocks to their success as musicians. 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

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 less roadblocks to their success as musicians.

Thanks

Tommy Berntzen

Tommy Berntzen

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

Get an instrument you can grow with. 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.

Get an instrument you can grow with. 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.

John Adams

Haywire Tele-Takehiko Muto: Hello Rick, sorry for my late review.  I’ve come back to the US today and received my Haywire Tele without any damage or problem. Let me say “PERFECT TELE” I’ve ever played. I really love the shaped 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 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

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 the treble volume 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 6th and 7th 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!

 

Etraverzo

I am disabled with Degenerative Disc Disease which has caused a weakening in both hands. It has been increasingly difficult to play for more than 10 min at a time. One day I came across Haywire’s Website and decided to give them a call. Rick said that he could help me out. I’ve had the guitar about ten days now and I am just blown away! The guitar plays effortlessly and is incredibly solid while being so much lighter than my previous ones. Thanks to Rick Mariner and Haywire Custom guitars for handing me a new lease on my guitar-playing life. I also believe that I could not have found a better combination of quality and price. Haywire Custom Guitars is a first class outfit that listened carefully to my concerns and then put together a guitar that addressed my special needs.
John L. Gibson
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John L. Gibson

Haywire Custom Guitars is a first class outfit

I am disabled with Degenerative Disc Disease which has caused a weakening in both hands. It has been increasingly difficult to play for more than 10 min at a time. One day I came across Haywire’s Website and decided to give them a call. Rick said that he could help me out. I’ve had the guitar about ten days now and I am just blown away! The guitar plays effortlessly and is incredibly solid while being so much lighter than my previous ones. Thanks to Rick Mariner and Haywire Custom guitars for handing me a new lease on my guitar-playing life. I also believe that I could not have found a better combination of quality and price. Haywire Custom Guitars is a first class outfit that listened carefully to my concerns and then put together a guitar that addressed my special needs.
John L. Gibson
[email protected]


Guitar from Haywire-Etraverzo

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 the treble volume 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 6th and 7th 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 Tele-Takehiko Muto

Haywire Tele-Takehiko Muto: Hello Rick, sorry for my late review.  I’ve come back to the US today and received my Haywire Tele without any damage or problem. Let me say “PERFECT TELE” I’ve ever played. I really love the shaped 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 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-John

Get an instrument you can grow with. 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.

Get an instrument you can grow with. 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.