Sims Custom shop in 2021?

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by narad, Jul 5, 2021.

  1. thrsher

    thrsher \m/-_-\m/

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    i sent him my vik to refinish in like 2017. he has no grasp on timeline quotes. he quoted me 6 months took over a year. his communication is subpar but i was very happy with his end result. if you can accept poor communication and being provided an unrealistic timeline, you are good to go
     
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    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    Whoa, the glossy burl one?
     
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    thrsher \m/-_-\m/

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    yup, if you scroll through his IG, you should come across it
     
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    These are two things that are completely unacceptable in any business IMO. And I'm the asshole that will pester someone about my project and how much of a discount I'm getting every day after the reported finish date.
     
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    Not worth the trouble. There's other folks who are reputable in terms of refinishing.
    I've dealt with Marty Bell, but he's in semi-retirement by now so he may or may not take in your guitar to refinish. Pat Wilkins and Spongebrick are also good, though I'm not sure if the latter is taking in any outside projects at the moment. He mentioned a lengthy backlog when I asked.


    He passed away a few months ago, so that won't be an issue anymore.
     
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    This x ∞
     
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    That was my life for almost 20 years. That’s why servers are always broke; you go in for 4 hours, make $150, blow it at all at the bar on booze or blow thinking, “I got a shift tomorrow, I’ll make it back” and then it’s rinse and repeat.

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    And shit, once the Hard Rock opened in Hollywood, we no longer had to go to Andy’s, which was a bar that closed at 7:59AM and opened at 8AM. The Hard Rock is part of Seminole and they’ve got no laws regarding drinking times, so it’s just 24 hour drinking.

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    pondman Build Whore.

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    Anyone contemplating giving Patrick Siimms work after reading his full history needs a full check up from the neck up.
     
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    My heart sank when I read through this. I have sent Sims a guitar a bit ago to be refinished.
    I had only seen positive reviews of the business so I figured it was safe.
    Excitement is one hell of a blinding motivator.
    I'll try to keep this updated with my experience as it happens, so only time will tell.

    Here's the process thus far:
    Got on a call with Patrick to discuss the work order
    Signed a work order summary and paid in full over the phone (first red flag)
    Waiting "Quoted turnaround time is approximately 14 weeks from when it's received."
    My guitar got delivered to him on 5/15/21.

    So should see/hear something around 8/21/21...

    wish my stupid ass luck
     
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    pondman Build Whore.

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    Good luck, lets hope your one of the lucky ones.
     
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    I sent a Parker to Marty and his refinish was mediocre at best. He took a lot of liberties with my guitar without asking and there are a ton of imperfections.

    I didn't even pick up my Parker for a year after he panted it because I was so bummed out.

    At least now I don't have to baby it since I'm going to get it refinished eventually.
     
  13. narad

    narad Progressive metal and politics

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    Do you have any pics? I probably won't be sending anything to Marty due to his retirement/selectivity, but I'd be curious to see these defects. Really haven't heard any negative reviews of his work until now.
     
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    I'll snap a few photos tonight when I get off work.
     
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    Damn dude that sucks, I’ve only heard stellar reports about his work.
     

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