What happened with Sims .. my 777 DY is there as we speak ... was the quality not good, did he steal your guitar??? please let me know because of this corona virus crap he has now had my Jem for 12 weeks and he should have had it back to me a week and a half ago ... but he won't be able to get it back until like mid May he said ...
Wow, this takes me back. It's like having PTSD when I think about Patrick Sims. The guy is a soulless crook. I told him my exact specifications and we had what appeared to be a natural conversation. After back and forth communication, he invoiced me for a thousand USD which I paid via PayPal to his wife's account. That was the last I heard from that thief. I am stunned that he is still (presumably) in business taking peoples' hard earned cash. He is as rotten to the core as any snake oil salesman can be. I honestly feel bad for you because I guarantee that you will never see your DY again. Short of going to his shop in Tennessee(?) with a police officer to get your property back, he has essentially robbed you.
Livewire was another case of me being robbed of another grand. Everyone here talked about how awesome his **** was, yadda yadda. So I took a shot with him, but immediately after payment he made this broad declaration that he was having personal issues and he had to close up shop. Suffice it to say, no money was refunded and that was the last I heard of him.
I don't know what it is with people in the South, but I will never do business with the likes of them again.
Since I still had possession of all of my hardware and electronics, I stubbornly saved up yet another grand to have my baby made. Thankfully / mercifully, Nate Pearle came through with flying colors. And ironically, he is within like a half an hour's drive from me. He is totally legit and very passionate about his craft. He sticks with communication and keeps you abreast of what's what. He sent photos, let me stop by his shop and everything. The man's a genius. He also recommended a gentleman who painted the Jem for me (I can't think of his name at the moment). I then had everything assembled and tuned at Midlothian Music in Orland Park, IL. They did a fantastic job.
I learned a hard but valuable lesson. Listen to what people are saying, do a lot of research before you commit, and never pay in full until the job is done. There are very few honest people in this world, and unfortunately they prey upon our dreams like savage politicians.