FWIW, Ian asked me (just once) if I could take down my thread, and I basically didn’t respond and just ignored the request - and he didn’t reference it again, nor did he threaten to “hold my guitar up” - hell, it’d been so long how would I even know he was holding it up? I did feel at the time that the thread here did “speed” (a very relative term with Ian) his work habits somewhat. My thread is still on here https://www.thegearpage.net/board/i...onths-now-6x9-months-still-no-guitar.1474571/
I don't think a warning is needed from TGP, there are plenty of threads about this. People need to do some homework before simply sending a deposit. In 5 minutes they can come up with enough information to make an informed decision. It's interesting how the actions of one character can impact others, though. I have a guitar underway from a small builder here (no need to name names yet, don't want to imply or associate anything negative to what has been an outstanding collaboration with a really great guy) and sometimes we've discussed how he puts in the extra effort to communicate everything, double check specs, review expectations and dreams for how the guitar will turn out, and so on, because builders can live and die by some of the more viral posts on the various forums.