John English, too. I really don't have that kind of spare change to drop, but is that too good a deal to pass up? Closet Classic, '59 w/rosewood, neck feels good, pickups sound nice...
The OP said it was a new guitar.I agree with JUSTJOB. IF it has all the paperwork, and is in good playable condition then the guitar is a good deal.
I had the oportunity to buy a Jay Black masterbuilt Strat last year. The guitar was sherwood green. The guitar was in excellent conditon, but the frets were well worn. It was a good playing Strat, but nothing above and beyond any of the other Custom Shop Strats I've played. It did not have the original case or the factory paperwork. The price was $1900. I passed.
You have to decide if you are buying the guitar as a player or as a possible collectible (especially if it doesn't have the original case and paperwork). If the guitar is a wonderful player, and you can see yourself owning and playing it for years, then go ahead and buy it. $1900 is no too much to pay for a good Custom Shop Strat regardless if is a masterbuilt or not.
I pulled the trigger and then they bring the case out and they "can't find" the COA. Hmmm. Turns out the guitar is just a normal team built strat. Still a good deal, but not a great one. I passed.The OP said it was a new guitar.
I asked that question with a deserved look of annoyance on my face, believe me.That's a shame. Masterbuilt instruments all have the signature of the builder on the back of the headstock. If it's a Team Built Strat, how in the world did they come up with John English??? :NUTS