Re: Patrick SIMS (custom shop in TN, USA) experiences
Here's my episode with him, granted it was over a year ago. I hadn't been made aware of all the bad experiences other had, so I sent him my refinish money, a NIB RGD2120Z and a set of SD pups to replace the originals. A couple of weeks later I change my mind on pups and he says no worries and I ship him a set of BK pups.
Deadline passes, I get excuses but it was reasonable... deadline passes x 2, more time, finally he doesn't return my emails and calling him just gets me to a filled voicemail box. THEN I start investigating and find out about all the horror stories. Yea I was an idiot.
Here's what I did to get MOST of my stuff back. I called the Chattanooga police to file a report and my local pd to file a theft report. The same day I notify him and his wife (via her work email since she worked for the gov) that the reports were filed. I immediately get a call from him (imagine that) begging me to let him refinish my guitar that day and ship it out. I say ok, as long as it hits my door this week but the police reports are not being retracted until I have my stuff. He did a really crappy refinish and I indeed got my guitar that week. MINUS a $300 set of BK pups. At that point I'd rather be out $300 than $1800.
To top it off, he read my story on another forum a few months back and emailed me saying sorry he had my pups and didnt know who they belonged to. He said he'd immediately ship them to me. YEA RIGHT!
Patrick Sims is a weasel of the first order and just a general P.O.S.
To save money on attorney fees, I'd advise anyone to take him to small claims court in Chattanooga. Airfare is cheaper than the attorney.