So my new Hapas Siren arrived from Berlin on Wednesday , so wanted to share some photos, thoughts and musings of the experience. This is my first ‘custom’ guitar, as up until now everything i have owned has been off the self. I had the chance to try a Hapas guitar out some time ago, and was really impressed with the build quality and the fret work, so thought I would speak with them and potentially get a build under way. The Specs Body: 1pc. Ash Neck: Maple & Wenge Fretboard: Ebony Scale: 25.5" Frets: 24 Stainless Steel Dots: 3mm Luminlays side and front Bridge: Hipshot Tuners: Hipshot Open Gear Locking Pickup: Bare Knuckle Pickups Nailbomb bridge & VHII neck First impressions: After a few days of play time I can’t help but notice how extremely well built and easy to play this is, the fret work is amazing and I can not find any problems with the work. The picks ups I chose, as I didn’t have the confidence to choose their own brand, as they have very few audio samples online, and the only ones they do are Djent so I only knew what the bottom E sounded like (I would need to know what the other 5 strings sound like to go for that option The bridge is Bareknuckle Alnico Nailbomb, was has a great range and is very tight. The neck is the VHII which has a really warm sound for lead work, and really cuts through a mix. The neck is extremely comfy and thin so works well for me coming from Ibanez and ESP, the fretboard is a lovely dark piece of ebony with no streaking. my only complaint so far is the bridge is ever so slightly too far to the left meaning the high strings are not perfectly aligned over the pickup poles, and the high E is a little too far in on the fret board. Doesn’t affect the playability, at all – just bugs me a little when I see it! The Process: I ordered the guitar back at the star of November last year, and was quoted 5-6 month build time, communication with Robert was very good up until i paid the deposit, but i was looking for a solid guitar not a pen pal so no problems there. fast forward 6 months to the middle of May, i shot them an email asking if there were some progress reports, and was sent a picture of a freshly CNC’ed body and was told it had been sanded – that was it! They allowed me to change pick ups at this stage to the Bareknuckles for an upcharge which was decent, and was told this didn't affect build time at all - double win! July got another update from them and was told it would be another 2 – 3 months due to the fact there were only 2 of them working there (which is odd as there were the 2 same people working there when i ordered the guitar, same 2 people when i paid my deposit and the same 2 who quoted me the original build time) All in all i am very happy with the guitar, plays well, looks great and cant see myself selling this any time at all in the near future. The actual service however didn't overly enamour me. I appreciate people have come to somewhat take it for granted Luthiers can just make time up, and deliver whenever they feel like it – but i run my own business and find it kinda rude and disrespectful not to let customers know of delays, or problems that have arisen what would affect the delivery of a project. Would I buy another Hapas Guitar? If I saw one for sale second hand, I would seriously consider picking up another one (perhaps a 7 string next time) but would not order from them again, i believe they have now changed their delivery time to 9-12 months which seems to be a little more realistic but in future i will be avoiding smaller builders due to this experience.