Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: Who does swirls?
I think it was a smart move on Michael’s part to stop taking custom orders until he can get caught up.
He told me once he gets over the hump, he's going to only work on a handful of guitars at time.
This will allow him to have a faster turnaround time.
Michael is a perfectionist and he's had no luck finding anyone reliable enough with the high level of luthier skills and care that he wants out of someone to work for him.
He ends up investing time into a guy and finds out it's not what he's after or the guy just flakes out on him.
Training someone to work the way he wants them to work is difficult.
It takes time away from his productivity to train someone even though they have luthier experience in their past.
I think he's given up on people working for him after a long line of wasted efforts with luthiers.
He's doing the right thing at a great financial cost to himself.
Michael is putting the quality of his work and the promises he has already made to customers his priority.
Other luthiers in this business have just kept taking orders and down payments until the end of time with no delivery in site.
I know Michael will get everyone's projects done.
It may not be on the timeline he originally said but a lot has happened to him in the last year and a half to two years.
If you only knew what Michael's been through.
I'm amazed he's still moving forward.
I know some people feel like there's no excuse for the delays.
The one thing I do know is, there are valid reasons in this case.
These reasons are the results of Michael being a good person and getting punished for it.
I personally have three guitars over at Michael's place that have been there for one and a half years now.
He's completed four other projects for me in the past with amazing results.
I can wait more and not worry about it.
Custom guitars are Toys not heart transplants.
We all have other guitars we can play while waiting.
This isn’t something we need, it’s just something we want.