Well, in fact, the guy at one point says, that he heard that Roman's guitars played well.No dog in this fight, but, like others, I visited his site quite regularly when I was a kid. I still think about a few inlay designs he had on his guitars that really amazed me back then. It was also pretty entertaining as he seemed to have quite an opinion about a lot of things, I never thought of back then.
So, I thank him, for the entertainment factor and the nice photos of cool inlays and nice wood!
Besides, one of my personal heroes in guitar building was and is Paul Bigsby. Who happened to be a motorcycle mechanic as well (Crocker). I personally cannot see, how that would make you more or less qualified in guitar building related context. I'd say, if someone has been doing a lot of different things in his life that could very well also mean, that this person is curious and likes to tinker around and is very open minded. Those are people, that can change a whole industry or come up with fantastic inventions, because they think outside the box, that a dedicated specialist of only a single matter is not able to come up with, as you are so stuck in your specialist view. Or who at least come up with something, that could be considered as being "weird" by the experts. But then at least it is entertaining and maybe gets something going in a direction, nobody before thought about.
Those people keep life interesting in my opinion. Some of them are artists.
But to butcher off the body and sell the resulting guitar as a "repair-job" and as a Gibson/Hamer/B.C.Rich is just plain fraud. That has nothing to do with Guitar community being "very backward" people.