Not Michael Sankar
Double Platinum Supporting Member
- Jul 19, 2019
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Sounds bad. Relicing is a slow process, rushing it just makes it look like shitAnd just to follow up one last time for my tale of woe, the parts did come in. Most of them anyway.
I like the pickup rings a lot. These are great. The poker chip is cool. Color goes with the rings, so… yeah. It’s fine.
The toggle switch tip? Eh. I’ve seen better. For $20 I’d skip it in the future unless you don’t have micro mesh at home, and 10 minutes to polish a standard $5 tip yourself. The color of the ones I’ve done on my own look closer to my real 50s Catalin tips. The one I got fromLonnie seems strangely dark to me. Maybe based off something he’s seen. The Real tips do vary in the wild, given enough UV exposure.
The tuners were the biggie in my order. I’d heard so much about Lonnie’s aging process looking great. Honestly, seeing these, I would have just bought some modern Klusons and aged them myself. I’ve done my own share of aging parts using the usual suspects/techniques. Was hoping Lonnie was bringing some real technical skill to the party.
Instead I got what I can only describe as a rush job. Me being an idiot I immediately Cleaned the tuners up. I was panicked that the real corrosion splotches that looked as though they were painted on, would be permanent, and I’d have the tuner-equivalent of having towed a guitar behind my car as a method of “relicing” it. I absolutely should have taken a photo of them first, as “evidence” of what I received. Real green tarnish that must have been brushed on wet, to corrode the tuner. Just left that way. Looked like paint runs. Almost every set had one side of the shaft with deep dark dots of blue/green tarnish, and watery teal runs. Telltale signs of liquid being brushed on and “pooling” on one side of the tuner. The shafts all had this on one side. So fake looking.
Frankly, if my whole company is about making accurate parts for resale, I’d have been mortified to send what Lonnie sent to me. I’ve seen better in home brew relics on eBay.
Oh, and the actual buttons… look totally utterly brand new. Never touched. Looks like perfect polished plastic. Totally anachronistic with the aged shafts and housings he sent. I managed to hand wipe a lot of the aging tarnish off the metal with a bit of elbow grease and now they look more acceptable. I’ll probably work on them a bit more on my own. Sigh.
I’m missing the strap buttons. I bought those on a lark, as I was curious to see what he was using. Maybe it is for the best. Who knows what he’s have done to some all parts buttons before sending them my way?
It’s possible he is in such a rush, this is not indicative of what he used to produce, or can produce. But as someone that’s seen original
Parts, and seen good aged parts, I can definitely say that other than the rings, which are great, and the ring with is fine, what I got in was mediocre at best and was substandard in the worse case. Which happens to be the most $$$ part.
So that is my first and last Creamtone experience. 6 months of waiting to find I could have done much of it better myself with a lot cheaper parts.
Your mileage may vary.
Only a gambler would order a poker chip form Creamtone!I guess I got lucky. Reading here and on his FB page there's no way I'd buy from him... but I did. Ordered a poker chip on 7.29 and it was delivered on 8.2. My personal experience was great, fast communication and fast shipping.
I'm still waiting for a couple of pickup rings, pickguards, and poker chip.I’ve recently ordered a couple different ABR bridges and they’re fantastic. I had to wait a little bit (maybe a month) on the Gold. The Nickel arrived in a couple of days. Both look great!
Hey "Pal" !I'm still waiting for a couple of pickup rings, pickguards, and poker chip.
Fucker should be taking care of customers who bought and PAID FOR products 10-12 months ago before accepting new orders.