8 grand out of pocket and no communication in 2 years? You and I have very different tolerance levels for concern. I don't know.... ....this statement leads me to believe otherwise. But, hey, it's your money and your deal. If you're OK with it, I guess that's all that matters. And back to the OP.... Sounds like he took the money you sent him and built the previous customer's guitar with it. Which most likely means that you now have to hope that someone else orders - and pays for - another guitar so he can build yours. Good luck!!