I had no idea who this guy was until I opened up this thread and, after doing a little searching, it's clear that he had more issues than just his business ethics, and I have a hunch how his final chapter probably played out.
Regardless of what some people seem to think of him , he made good guitars. I believe Keith Urban has a Brownie Telecaster made by Swade after losing several guitars in the Nashville floods. Now Kelton can RIP.
I only played one of his guitars, but it had me trying to figure a way to get it.
It was a relic-ed Tele, but it really sounded great, played perfectly, and looked cool.
It was over $4000, at Austin Guitar House, and I couldn’t raise the scratch.