Re: Patrick SIMS (custom shop in TN, USA) experiences
Just thought I'd add in MY experiences With Patrick Sims.
Now that I'm divorced, and no longer care if the EX- knows about the money I essentially threw away.
All of this took place ~7 years ago:
After initial correspondence via email sent through his website, I sent Patrick Sims an original Ibanez DSY JEM neck, that I wanted to have him refinish in LNG. (and the $$ to pay for it, in the form of a postal money order)
At the same time, I had Christopher Woods build me a square heel JEM body, as well as a JEM PBK neck (MOP/Abalone pyramid inlays on rosewood, but with Wizard profile) - Had Chris ship them both to Patrick Sims for paint. The body in LNG, and the neck, just black headstock, with white logos.
Sent Patrick more money for those paint jobs, once he confirmed that they arrived there from Chris's shop.
Didn't hear from Patrick for many weeks. Finally reached out to him, and was told that he had a fire in his paint shop, and my original JEM neck had been lost in the fire.
He offered to replace it with another custom-made & painted neck, we discussed & agreed to specs.
I also saw on his website, that he was now selling LNG painted bodies, so I called him & we discussed my buying one of HIS bodies for the LNG project, and painting the body of mine that CWG sent him, in black, to go with the PBK neck. Sent him more money for the painted body.
Had a follow-up discussion regarding adding large (glitter-style) "smoke" flake to the black, to make it a bit different. Sent him even more money to buy the flake to add to the paint.
Then I waited...
A few months went by, and I heard nothing, so I emailed him for a status update.
Nothing. No response, nothing at all.
Never ever got another response from him in any way (never responded to my emails, never answered the phone, never returned my voicemails, nothing...)
Back then, I was still married, and she didn't know about the money I had been spending on these projects, so there was little I was able to do, as far as pursuing this beyond the emails & phone calls that went ignored by him.
So, he has of mine:
1 Original DSY Ibanez JEM Neck, allegedly "Lost in a shop fire".
1 Custom-built (By Chris Woods) JEM PBK neck, Wizard profile.
1 Custom-built (By Chris Woods) lightweight alder JEM777 body.
I also sent him money orders for:
The DSY-to-LNG JEM neck refinish.
Painting the JEM777 body in black/smoke sparkle
Painting the JEM PBK neck's headstock black, with white Ibanez & JEM logos
One of his alder LNG square-heel JEM777 bodies that was allegedly already complete (painted).
Anyway, I'm hoping that at very least someone will read about my nightmare experience, and send their business elsewhere.
I'll just leave it at that.
I never met the guy, I live in New Hampshire, and have absolutely no reason to falsely slander the guy's name.
I wish I knew WHY he decided to pick ME as one of the people that he picked to screw over, since it APPEARS that he DOES actually have some satisfied customers.
I don't expect that I'll ever get answers, or my parts, or money back.
It's just an absolutely an awful feeling. I hope I can help someone avoid it.