Hi everyone, Ever since I joined this forum I've noticed that quite a lot of instruments where changing hands, which in my book is great; I'd much prefer to trust someone in this community rather than e-bay. I did notice however that there were exchanges where people would put out for sale custom instruments, usually expensive ones that were tailored to their needs which strikes me as odd. My question is essentially: taking the obvious out of the equation (need for cash), why would one want to sell a guitar that was custom made to their specifications and needs? It becomes especially unfathomable (to me) when these ads are about trades or when the guitar was owned by its previous owner for just a few months (or even weeks). In the first case, it feels like swinging which I just don't get I guess, since, if I had a custom made guitar it should have been made to be played by me, with design choices that probably might be having limited appeal to other players. The point is that having a custom made instrument means that I collaborate with the builder and get an instrument I am happy with. If I am not happy with it, it should go back and be fixed or be refunded, right? I've noticed cases where people are always between instruments (aka "selling my custom X guitar, to fund my custom Y one") and I end up wondering if those people actually bother playing and breaking in their instruments or they simply want a new flamed top until they get bored of looking at it (= time for a new custom), or if I'm missing something here. In the second case, is it just a way to say that "this instrument doesn't work for me", which would make investing a serious sum of cash rather uncomfortable ("doesn't it work for them because it's badly made, or because they just can't get into it?" "Will I regret buying it?" and so on). Then there's the opinion of the luthiers which I'd like to listen to as well. I imagine that producing custom made instruments is something a respectable luthier does out of joy, every time applying something new, trying to improve upon the last time and so on. Does this affect you, or it's just a job in the end? PS. To this day, I never had a custom made guitar and I'll probably won't bother soon, because I'm more than happy with the ones I have. If I were to get one, one that would fit my needs like a glove, I'd probably sell every other gear I'd have first before selling that one. If it had issues I'd contact the builder; if I simply couldn't get into it, I'd explain why in my ad. My 2 cents on the matter.