I think that's giving him too much credit. I don't think he was that well grounded in reality. More of a delusional narcissist, who lapsed into thievery. His excuses were just too weird and terrible to wash with anybody. In his own head he clearly thought the divorce/children/broken limbs/homeless stuff was going to buy him extra time and get people off his back! There have been other luthiers, cab and amp builders (etc) who have either taken ridiculously long or totally failed to deliver. Being adept at making things doesn't automatically give you any sort of business skills, and some of these guys are just plain funny in the head. Ed Roman (RIP) made some phenomenally tacky instruments, pulled off some shady business moves and did some really hacky and insensitive luthiery while he was still alive. He also farted out pages and pages of crude html hatespeech on any given subject. There is a luthier called Zachary that is equally crazy. Neither ever got the memo to let the product speak for itself. I backed out of a deal on a bass with an SGD pickup fitted. I'm sure it was a good pickup, but I'm not sure I want that black hole of karma in my house!