A few years back I was dead serious about ordering a custom shop guitar. I looked for some domestic luthiers here in Sweden and of course I realized I can't afford any but one builder was just starting, and he wasn't expensive at all. I think $1200 total, if that!
...guess what. Once I recieved finished pictures of the guitar I saw something was wrong. Look at the 22nd fret. It's not even straight! I can't comment on the other frets, but up there, it's totally visible.
Anyway, the guy was nice enough to get me a complete refund including start cost. I promised to not talk shit about him (he was just starting out, I didn't wanna ruin his reputation before he even had started), but I still wanna show the guitar so I censored the logo.
I actually mailed him a few weeks ago to check out how things are going for him, and apparently he hasn't given up, slowly some updates are happening on his website, so it's nice to see his passion lives on. I hope the guy puts his shit together and makes some better instruments in the future. Personally, I might go with somebody more reputable, even if it would cost me more money.
The guitar itself
This was my absolute dream guitar at the time. If I ordered a new one today, I would keep the entire look, including neckthrough and 24 frets, but I would have white pickups and knob, and a strat switch.
The biggest difference would be I would have a dive-only Gotoh Floyd on it. It would be kinda recessed, because I'm not a fan of angled necks or high-up floyds, so the recess would be very shallow, maybe just enough to make the strings touch the frets; then shim the saddles up for proper action.
(Really, my Warmoth OFR guitar with lots of shims under all saddles except the middle two is the guitar I have with most sustain with; so that's really not an issue for me. Even shimmed necks with angle and air between can sound amazing, so I think that's all bullshit, or at least a factor of more things; it could be the guitar itself that "doesn't like" shimming but for me, I've never had an tone/sustain issue with shimming Floyd saddles.)
Also the guilder screwed up the neck joint; I showed a picture of a ESP/Jackson like heel contour, but made some weird "set neck Tele" like thing. I could live with that, but next time, it's all going to be 100fucking% correct from start to finish.
Here you can see how badly the frets was put in:
Just based on pictures on my iPhone it looks pretty darn nice to me.