Dear All, This is my first time ever on a forum, much less this one. I read this one religiously, however. I wanted to post something about my experience buying a Floyd Casista Tele (like the one Kenny Vaughan—Marty Stuart plays). I also hope this is the appropriate place to post this. If not, then my apologies. I am happy to remove it. I had Floyd make me a guitar on the model of Kenny Vaughan's teal/tele thinline with a bigsby. First, the good stuff. Floyd was good about me paying on it while I was away in England teaching. It took about 7 months, which was fine since I was away almost that entire time. The first incident we had that turned out to be a foreshadowing was that I had to buy the Bigsby. This was not in our original agreement, which we did over the phone (my huge mistake). My partner was there and heard everything, including the final price of $1950, inclusive of everything we discussed about the guitar (Fralin pickups, plus Bigsby). So, Floyd gave me a story about how he didn't say that, and I paid an additional $170 or so for the Bigsby. Second, the guitar arrived fine, but I had to pay shipping, and provide a case. Floyd said he couldn't provide a case. Any of us know if you pay close to 2k for a guitar, it will always come with a case. Not Floyd. So, that was another $125 or so. Now the bad: First, I take my guitars to my local techs. There are two in my area, both of whom are certified Fender and Gibson, have made guitars for folks like Alice in Chains, and whose guitars are sold buy Wildwood guitars. If you know guitars, you know that store. Top shelf. So, I always have them look at my guitars. I did this after I had the Floyd for a year. I was gone again for 6 months teaching, and the guitar was in the case in a climate controlled storage unit. Second, I went to pick up the guitar and was told by my tech, whom I trust, that the wood in the neck had turned bad and created too much backbow. He stressed the work was awesome, but that bad wood happens. He, who makes and sells his guitars at Wildwood, suggested I speak to Floyd about the warranty and get a neck replacement. Faulty wood, no fault of Floyd. Third, I spoke to Floyd. He agreed to build a new neck, AND pay for shipping both ways. This was Sept. 2016. He then says he can't pay for shipping, so I paid to ship it to Tennessee. I told him I would be away on leave again in the Fall and would not need the guitar back until the end of the year. Fourth, Floyd got the guitar and said he disagreed with the two tech's assessment, and instead of keeping the discussion about the faulty wood, Floyd attacked these luthiers personally (i have all of this on Facebook archive, BTW). I told him it was not about their work, as he doesn't know them. I also stressed neither of them attacked or said anything negative about his work. Just the opposite. But, Floyd took it all personally and claimed the neck was fine. BUT, he still agreed to build me a new neck. This is significant: He could have just said no, and refused, but despite his disagreement he AGREED to build the neck despite his disagreement. Had he said no, that would have been the end of it. I would have been mad, but that's that. So, his agreement to rebuild the neck ANYWAY was agreed on. Fifth, Floyd said he would have the guitar done by Thanksgiving. No problem, as I was out of town. November comes and I hear nothing, but it's no matter since I am away until the end of December. Sixth, Floyd finally replies and says he's been ill and making guitars for needy kids, and that the guitar will be done and to me by the end of December. Fine. Seventh, I return back to Tacoma, where I live, and of course nothing from Floyd. I write him and finally he replies. He gives yet another set of excuses, but ends up insisting the neck will be done by the end of January. NOTE: at no time during these months did Floyd refuse or go back on building the neck, even though initially as I note above he disagreed and had the opportunity. Eighth, end of January. Nothing. Mid-Feb. Nothing. So, after sending Floyd messages on Facebook and he never answering, I finally posted on his wall. We then spoke on message, where he said it would be done and to me by March 15th. I said, and there is record of all of this, that he could have until the 20th but if it was not TO ME by then, then he could keep his original neck, reimburse me for the cost of a neck, and return my body. Floyd agreed to this. It's all on record in Facebook archives. Ninth, last week it becomes clear I am not going to get the neck, as I've heard nothing from Floyd. So, once more I try to find out when my guitar is now going to be to me. No way, at this point it will be here with the time it will take to ship. \ Nothing from Floyd. Tenth, I post on Floyd's facebook wall. At this point, I don't care about decorum and giving benefit of the doubt that causes one to speak on message on not for all to see. It's been 6 months since I sent him the guitar. Eleventh, Floyd replies, and offers more excuses, then goes on about the neck not being bad, just as he did 6 months earlier. He invokes the Plek and again calls into question my techs, and, then makes the statement that if I have a problem with something like this in the future, I should speak to those who manufacture the material about the warranty, as if to say, if my Fender Tele neck goes bad, I don't speak to Fender, but the people who provided the wood. Then he accused my techs of not being certified, without knowing anything about them. Twelfth, Floyd says he has no money to ship the guitar back, then tried to go back 6 month to when he first said the neck was, in his opinion, fine, even though he had every opportunity to say no, send my guitar back, but HE REFUSED TO DO SO AND AGREED ANYWAY TO MAKE THE NECK. Thirteenth, so, I said to Floyd: I'd pay for shipping on one condition: That he mailed my guitar the next day. Otherwise, he would have to do it. Fourteenth, he mailed back my original guitar, no new neck, and, after 6+ months I finally have it back. I still think the neck has issues, but at this point I am tempted to use the guitar as firewood. I write this lengthy review on here for the following: Avoid Floyd guitars, or at least if you buy them, then make sure you have it in writing or I promise you he will engage in some kind of shady business with you. Two final things. First, I know I am not the only one this has happened to. I received emails on Facebook from total strangers who have had something similar happen. I am not putting them up here because I didn't ask them. Floyd knows who they are in Texas especially. Finally, I suggest if you want one of his teles be very careful. I do like the guitar, but dealing with him has made the guitar not worth the hassle.