Set the Record Straight:
I continue to receive e-mails and phone calls from people
about a very angry fellow and I want to share with you the
Not too long ago A very "fast" picking and talking banjo
player who we will just call "Todd" (last name may or may
not rime with Bailer) sold a Chinese banjo on eBay marketing
it as a Gibson banjo. The neck that was on that banjo was
one that I...
made with a vine inlay, ebony fingerboard and Bella Voce
headstock inlay. When the banjo sold to a nice fellow in
Colorado the banjo was shipped from South Carolina to there.
"Todd" was paid through PayPal and the recipient received a
very broken banjo. Hey … it happens.
FedEx is notified and picks up the by now, 4 piece faux
Gibson banjo. FedEx pays the claim in the amount of the
winning bid plus shipping to the recipient and takes
possession of the banjo as any insurance company would have
the right to a totaled vehicle that they had paid off in a
FedEx keeps the banjo about a month and discovers that the
carcass of said fraudulent 5-string isn’t work them tripping
over in their magical storage room so they place it back on
the home delivery truck and drop it back off to the
purchaser and allow him to do with it what he will, after
all … he did buy it. Are you keeping up so far? It’s about
to get more interesting …
The recipient of the now even more molested pile of prodigal
parts decides to send that case full of happy to me at
Acoustic Box LLC to see if it can be salvaged or repaired.
It turns out that the neck will need to be replaced as well
as the head, various small parts, and some repairs will need
to be done to the resonator.
Meanwhile, "Todd" calls the recipient and DEMANDS his banjo
back … his banjo? Well, when he discovered that I had what
was left of the funky 5, he called me … naturally. "Todd’s"
demands were childish to say the least. I respectfully
attempted to reason with him. I called an attorney and asked
what to do. "Todd" all the while kept e-mailing fake legal
documentation with more misspellings and grammatical errors
than a Kindergartener’s thesis on Astrophysics. It was
embarrassing to read, yet kind of sad at the same time. He
was livid … he couldn’t be reasoned with and wouldn’t hear
anyone out … he wanted that banjo back and by God, he wanted
it back right the hell now!
After consulting with FedEx, a real attorney, and what turns
out to be the rightful owner of the remains (the recipient
in Colorado) I am proceeding with the restoration of the
banjo. Meanwhile, "Todd" is contacting my friends, fellow
luthiers, and even some of my famous clients and friends
with his conveniently vague story of how “Richie Dotson is a
crook” he only continues to prove to me that he needs help.
I will pray for you, "Todd". May the Lord love you, for I
cannot right now.
Thank you for visiting,