Smedley wrote:Just a word of warning if you're thinking about taking your guitar to Pete Schmidt at Suburban Guitar Repair. I brought in a guitar to him back in September of last year. He told me he'd get to it in a couple of weeks. Nearly 3 months go by and not a word so I call him and he tells me he just looked at it for the first time the previous day and didn't want to work on it, as Dino from Dino's Guitar and Amplifier Repair had mutilated it (the electronics were all messed up) and Pete didn't want to try and repair someone else's mistake.
After a couple of other guys tried to repair my guitar with no success (it was a Sustainiac and Ghost MIDI install), I called Pete back and practically begged him to work on it. He agreed to do it and proceeded to hold on to the guitar for another 4 months. When I emailed him and expressed my displeasure of having to wait so long, he got offended and told me to come get the guitar.
Maybe Pete was extracting revenge on me for my having taken my guitar to another repairman. I don't know at this point. If there is a competent, mentally stable, responsible guitar repairman in Western NY, let me know.
Smedley wrote:BTW Sue, I waited around 3 months to contact Pete because I know that he is normally behind and that this particular job was difficult. I called him a few times after that point but it was always the same thing yet, I haven't gotten to it yet. He said that it was so complicated that he had to do it when he had free time. Excuse the hell out of me, but aren't you supposed to do the guitars in the order you receive them? Is it right to make me wait months because the job is hard? Or was he punishing me because I took the guitar to someone else first?
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