• Colin Groove

    Your Custom Shop Experience

    Probably 100 of these forums but I'll make one to.

    So if you have purchased custom shop guitar before, give us your experience.

    What model did you get? What specs do you have? and if you don't mind, what did the cost come to?

    Would love to see some varying prices with different specs.

    • Big Daddy B

      Probably 100 of these forums but I'll make one to.

      So if you have purchased custom shop guitar before, give us your experience.

      What model did you get? What specs do you have? and if you don't mind, what did the cost come to?

      Would love to see some varying prices with different specs.

       

      I have ordered a bunch of hammett models. Some back in the 90s and then re-ordering some recently. You'll laugh at the 90's prices now but back then it was a lot of money, lol....

      Feb 1993 - KH-2 Bolt on - $1295

      April 1995 - KH-3 neck thru - $1595 (they screwed up though and put the toggle switch where it would be on a normal Les Paul)

      Jan 1996 - KH-2 Ouija Neck Thru - $1895

      March 1997 - KH4 neck thru - $1695

       

      modern era...

      KH-4 neck thru - ordered July 5 2015, arrived July 5th 2016 so took exactly 1 year. Had am EMG 89 in the neck otherwise pretty much similar to retail spec.

      KH-3 neck thru - en route, have some unique features being done to it vs retail version which jacked up the price a couple Gs, but it is finished and on way to dealer, ordered Nov 2015 should arrive early april at which time there will be an NGD post with more details

      Probably will order some more. Waiting on some price quotes to come back and decide what I want to do next.

      If you want to know the modern era pricing, PM me. It is a lot more!

    • ESP 348

      You have definitely ordered some cool guitars there Big Daddy!!

      That Ouija would have been cool to own now. Hell, even owning all of them would have been cool 20 years later.

      Looking forward to seeing what you have planned next....

      • Colin Groove

        What year? (Sorry I don't understand the codes on the headstock).

      • Big Daddy B
        Colin Groove wrote:

        What year? (Sorry I don't understand the codes on the headstock).

        Looks like that is from the 2009 reissue series. Great guitar. I have OB44.

      • Kevin S.

        I think I got it in 2009 or 10. I think it was at drum city for a couple years if I remember right. The white one sold first (that's the one I really wanted). I agree the codes on the back are strange. If it's not legit then I got way, way, ripped off. The two guitars were originally listed a touch over 12grand each. 

      • ESP 348
        Kevin S. wrote:

        I think I got it in 2009 or 10. I think it was at drum city for a couple years if I remember right. The white one sold first (that's the one I really wanted). I agree the codes on the back are strange. If it's not legit then I got way, way, ripped off. The two guitars were originally listed a touch over 12grand each. 

        Don't stress mate, you didn't get ripped off.

        Guitar looks legit and they came out in 2009. They made 50 black and 50 white.

        I find it strange that you purchased it new from Drum City and not know anything about this guitar. Do you remember what you paid for it? Lol

        It was released in 2009 and if it sat for a few years in the shop, then you must have purchased it in 2011 or 2012 perhaps?

    • ESP 348

      Very nice guitar Kevin.

       

    • HateEvent

      A friend was living in Tokyo and went into the Big Boss store to enquire about placing an order. I then communicated the spec to him and ordered a vintage white MX-II with a rosewood board back in February.

       

      It was supposed to take 12 months. Fast forward to July and the guitar was finished and ready for delivery.

       

      Received progress update pictures a month or two after the order was placed and everything was painless. Very satisfying process.

    • CreepinDeath81

      Jeez, that was fast. I've heard up to 13 months for builds that aren't too spec crazy. I placed an order last month and haven't heard much other than a few questions about the build specs. 6 months would be a dream.

    • Lewis_08

      My brother ordered mine and HE's beasts (2 x MX2 VW) , they came out better than expected and to a spec i have wanted for such a long time.

      I also have a CS MX2 SW i bought from the Craft House in 2008, their service was simply fantastic and the set up has still not had to be re-done!

      As said they ended up 6 months early with build pics (as per my profile image). I was so shocked , and so was our bank accounts lol!!

      The reason was that they tried to get them as fast as they could as they knew my brother had a finite time in Japan, their effort was def appreciated.

    • Scott S.

      Typically how long does it take to get a quote back from ESP? I am on 2 weeks as of now. Also, who are the preferred ESP Custom dealers here in the States?

      Thanks,

      Scott

       

    • ESPEXP

      I custom ordered a Snow White MX-250 back in 2006 through a dealer in Tokyo. It had the all the standard specs except sperzel locking tuners and an EMG 60. It was quick...took about 3 months to get. I think it cost me $3400 at the time.

    • ESP 348

      Definitely a quick turn around 3 months.

    • Scott S.

      Does the quote/spec sheet Process typically take like forever? I have been working through a quote/spec sheet now for 5 weeks. I got a quote over two weeks ago but wanted to change the body wood and pick-up and am still waiting to hear back from ESP. Is this typical? I mean its the same spec sheet with two minor changes. Seems simple to me.

    • Alyssa T.

      well, that is pretty interesting, what can I say 

    • Colin Groove

      I'm inquiring about a custom order.. Will keep you guys posted.

    • ESP 348

      Let us know Colin.

      • Colin Groove

        It would take about 10 months and it would cost $8,564.29 Canadian. I could probably make it work somehow but not right now with bills and mortgage I am paying at the moment. I might be able to do it in a year or two :(

    • Aso

      I just placed my order for a custom shop NV with a Schaller Hannes bridge. Now to distract myself from the wait and anticipation.

       

      • Colin Groove

        Getting anything done to the fretboard or any custom color? 

      • Aso
        Colin Groove wrote:

        Getting anything done to the fretboard or any custom color? 

        Mahogany body with mahogany/walnut neck(neck thru). Fretboard will have no fret markers besides luminlay side dots.

        It will be painted nightshade blue with silver holo-flakes. 

        Pretty standard/common build.


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