I have been wanting a Gustavsson for many years. I think I first spoke with Matte about it over 6 years ago - back when they were like $6K! But as much as I wanted one I just could not fit one in the budget at that time. Then we hit the years when I could have gotten one but they were unobtainable. Wildwood quit getting them and Destroy all Guitars started representing them. Remember when Cliff would send out the e-mails about one in stock and the first person to respond would be the one who got it? I never seemed to be in the right place at the right time to get one then. I even missed a couple of great used ones for sale in the last couple of years. But then things changed. Last year I was speaking with Cliff and he said he could now just order one for me. It would take some time to build, but he said I could get some specific things I wanted and that pushed me over the edge. I put down half the funds and placed my order in May 2011. I was never totally familiar with Johan's specs, so I made a powerpoint of the things I was looking for and giving guidance to the things I like in my other great guitars - neck carve, etc. I also sent several examples of finish and flame on other Gustavsson's I liked having collected photos for reference over the years. Even with all this I did make it clear that I wanted a Gustavsson guitar and that all my info was given for guidance on details where I was not familiar with his specs. Johan's build time is a lot faster than most, so as we speak my guitar is out for delivery, but I thought I would go ahead and share some build photos with you until it gets here and then maybe later I can take a few shots of it once it actually arrives and I have had a chance to play it. The one photo shows the guitar as it would look if the pickguard was mounted, but I specifically asked that it not be mounted. More later - after it arrives! Cliff and Patty at DAG really put in some effort to get this guitar to me today. Next week I am in California all week, so kudos to them for thier extra effort to have a satisfied customer!