I talked to a guy at a Guitar Center near my house about placing a custom order for me. He contacted them and I got my price quote. He says he'll need the full amount paid before he places the order.
Is this common practice? I have heard many people say that the quoted price is often higher than what you will actually pay when the guitar is ready. So I'm hesitant to pay it all up front.
Should I try a different dealer?
Normally you give a deposit and the settle up. Sounds to me like he wants the full commission this month