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Pictures of custom guitar Cathy is building

posted Apr 25, 2014 04:49:59 by buy1178
I ordered a guitar from Cathy and I have to say the communication was great. I asked for pictures of the final product before she shipped it. Here they are.

Here is the guitar I ordered and the first picture below is what I sent her as a guide. I am not happy with the front color...its yellow and I asked for root beer brown. The back looks nice I think, the headstock diamond looks like a small one and I requested and paid for a larger one so not sure about whats going non with that. Not sure if its shipped yet though, she gave a tracking number but hasn't responded to the question on whether it was shipped and what can be done about the front color.

Here is my request...

-Flame Maple top
-root beer brown like color on top to match exactly like color of guitar in the picture of first picture I attached.
-Clear color on back and sides and neck
-gold hardware like in picture
-binding as shown in picture of guitar
-one piece mahogany back
-ebony fret board
-larger diamond and g logo on headstock (attached photo of headstock diamond inlay was sent.)
-1 piece mahogany neck

here are the pictures, again the first one was the guide picture I sent her so she could match the picture. I guess all in all for the price it looks like a nice guitar. The problem is as you can see from my avatar...this is almost the exact same color of a guitar I bought off DH Gate last year.

Anyway its a roll of the dice I know and the guitar you get depends on how the stars align for you.

comments/opinions most welcome!






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ChibsonsandMore said Apr 25, 2014 06:28:20
That's a large diamond compared to normal. Here's mine, their normal size.



It's almost like they flipped the colors. The back looks dark and the front too light.

Personally I dig it though. But they'll probably need to remake the guitar.
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MichaelWamback said Apr 25, 2014 15:33:33
Which country are you having the guitar shipped to? Just seeing if Cathy has gotten over the fear of sending a branded guitar to the US and UK.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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sjcrowe6 said Apr 25, 2014 17:40:42
Never seen that serial number before, did you ask for a specific number? That diamond looks no bigger than a normal Chibson diamond to me and the front finish color is way way off. The back and sides look to have been stained darker, definitely not just a clear finish. I would not accept it like that.
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MichaelWamback said Apr 25, 2014 21:33:08
Could be a light issue in the photo - but I would definitely ask for an additional photo or two before I let them ship it. The finish on the back looks foggy or hazy in the full photo, but seems a bit better in the closeup of the back of the headstock.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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buy1178 said Apr 25, 2014 23:08:26
Well got a response on my inguiry on whether the guitar was shipped...and it was shipped yesterday without my consent, and it looks like it went AFTER I emailed her about it.

I am hoping it is the light but it looks way too yellow and yes I agree the diamond is typical and not larger like the original. I used Paypal because the state I am in does not allow Aliexpress escrow. At this poing I guess I have no options left so I own a guitar I never really okayed to ship. So goes the roll of the dice with Chinese guitars.

I guess its a warning to others working with the seller to somehow figure out how to get them to not ship before you okay it.

Email from Cathy...



u see it already left Beijing to USA on the way to USA now from April 25TH

we can't modify that now,that guitar body top image maybe under sunshine reason,very bright..that guitar u see body top very good tigerflame way..and yes,it is one piece mahognay body and neck,so good looking from guitar back

this guitar firstly not bad guitar,good quality way finsihed, 2nd if really repair that,not good for guitar itself,that need doing much more sanding work,and that way not good for guitar,and 2nd new color paintting out also not good looking,,more worse..sorry say this,so better not repair that,,

Later if have chance do your order,i will be more careful from color details.

Regards--Cathy
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buy1178 said Apr 25, 2014 23:14:03
sjcrowe6 Yes it is a custom serial number. kids birthdays. :)
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eatmydoo said Apr 26, 2014 01:47:13
Shame they messed up the colouring as over all it looks pretty sweet

You could always refuse delivery so it bounces back to them,id say that was valid as a buyer as you never OK'ed the shipping of it in the first place.

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MichaelWamback said Apr 26, 2014 02:02:13
You can definitely tell by the shadow that it was taken in bright sunlight, so it could easily be an exposure issue with the film.

No doubt it does defeat the purpose of emailing you photos to approve if they've already shipped out the guitar.

I'm thinking, if it were mine - I'd want to accept it and open the box. It looks like a pretty decent guitar at the end of the day. And I think the diamond size looks about right, from what I can tell in the photo. Way better than a lot of them I've seen.
The two most important things to remember in life: "The only time it's acceptable to work with amateurs is if you are making porn." "If you want to work with clowns, join a circus."
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buy1178 said Apr 26, 2014 03:34:02
I was thinking the same thing that it was pretty bright light, there are hints of darker brown twords the horn but we will see. the pictures are an exact match to the other chibson I bought, yellow with a natural back and yellowish neck. I was thinking maybe there only have a few colors of veneer already stained? I don't know much about how that works so maybe each one is stained as they build.

I am thinking if I were to replace the black knobs with some of the gold top hat knobs it would look better, maybe cream bezels? not sure.

I was thinking of opening it to take a look if and when it gets here. All in all though it looks to be a pretty decent looking guitar I don't hate the colors at all I was just wanting the rootbeer. I think the worst part of the experience was Cathy shipping before she sent pictures even though I kept asking to see them. I would think on a custom order they would know there is a reason you are asking for a custom order? :)

anyway....I will post pics when it gets here. Thanks for all the comments so far.

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sjcrowe6 said Apr 26, 2014 04:36:39
Did you explicitly tell Cathy that you would refuse delivery of any shipments made prior to your approval of the photos? If not, I guess it was just a miscommunication. On the bright side, that is really a nice looking Chibson.
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buy1178 said Apr 29, 2014 02:52:44
I think I figured out what may have happened. I wrote Cathy about the binding and asked that it be the kind pictured below....that picture was taken of the other Chibson I have. Could it be that whoever was building it looked at this picture as the color it was supposed to be? I think Cathy just gets orders speced and queued up and doesn't actually make anything, she mentioned her "manager" and "they had already started the guitar". This could be a mess up based on someone looking at the wrong picture. The color the new guitar looks to be an exact match for the one in the picture so its my assumption it was something like that.

but yeah, as you said sjcrowe6 it is a nice looking guitar so maybe I will try again down the road because I really want a rootbeer colored one but do not like the supreme headstock and inlays.

good news is it was "handed over to customs" in San Francisco on 4/26 and released from customs on 4/27 so perhaps its on its way here.
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