Scorpdude, if you had a decent experience with Sims, no one here is going to denounce you for that. Many would deem you lucky (as if you hit the lottery for big money) because there have been so many who have had problems with Sims. Conversely, do not discount what the people who have had troubles with him as lies and hearsay. This thread and other vendor ones like it are meant to educate and inform perspective buyers of vendors' wares (and yes, sometimes it sinks to pissing on vendors, deserved or not). Not sure of what guitar builder I could trust is what led me to spending money somewhere I COULD trust, albeit not custom made for me specifically, was to buy the Fireman and 2 JCustoms from [email protected]
I'd still like a custom made guitar one day but I won't be buying from Sims, Woods, Roman or Devries. Jaden Rose is still a option and Sherman guitars have gotten good reviews time and quality wise.
You posted, I think, expecting (possible wanting) to get flamed and pissed on with your "and now it begins" and "Okay, people.. go ahead and flame me..." comments. As Chris Woods said in his thread, bad publicity is good publicity (I think more bad publicity means you have people unlikely to deal with you). Maybe you posted because Sims himself is banned here (and now at sevenstring.org). Maybe you posted cause you are truly happy with the end result. People pay in full upfront and understandably get frazzled when they don't see anything for over a year and hear comments from him saying the $20,000 order he just got to ghostbuild is more important than their puny one guitar repainting or "it ships tomorrow" and tomorrow never comes.
If you're happy, be glad but have some sympathy for those who seemingly have been shut out by Patrick by no fault of their own. A person, once they've paid, deserves answers about the work they commissioned. Sims can buck that all he wants but they're in the right.
Jack Secret, I don't think I'm lucky, but I can understand why it may look that way to others. I am far from unsympathetic to those who are still waiting for their completed projects. Its no secret I shared a similar story, so why would I discount the distress of others? I have no doubt there are some legitimate customers out there who are waiting in line. I also expect there are even more people out there who are just pissed off and have nothing else better to do. Sure, there are plenty of negative posts on these forums. That's because its a big part of human nature to go out and rant and be pissy and bathe in hostility. What about the people that have something good today. For example, what do you think the positive to negative ratio of reviews is on Amazon.com or Musician's Friend? I can't speak for everyone, but I know that I'm more likely to post a review about something that ended up a piece of crap. Now, people are popping up to say something good and suddenly its questionable, or impossible.
Just like everyone, I paid up front. Yes, it took 16 months. Througout that waiting period, I found all the Sims drama on all the sites. When I found that he ghost builds for companies, it only put me at ease. I already knew up front that he's the only guy there. I knew the risks of sending my guitar to an online buisness. I had an idea what to expect when a one-man shop has a presence on the World Wide Web and when I found out that he does work for bigger dollars, it didn't bother me. Why? Because that's how business works. Sure, there were times I wondered where my stuff was, but then I wondered how many other people's stuff he had to do, then I wondered how many builds he had to do for the bigger contracts. Maybe that's why I was such a Zen master for so long. As I had stated in an earlier post, it was the "next week" estimation that got to me. "Don't set an expectation you can't meet," is how I work, as well as, "Accept the risks." That in no way is a slam to anyone who is having an issue. Its just an explanation of my mindset when entering into the agreement.
I posted the "go ahead and flame me" and the "it begins," because I expected someone to have something stupid to say about it.. because I expect nothing more from a lot of people, regardless of my tale of an unpleasant experience turning out good. I am truly happy with the end result. My review was of the paint job done and the display of effort and integrity towards the end of the deal, no matter the motivation, was good enough for me.