I have only just joined the forum, i found it by accident whilst researching an 'idea' of mine.
I posted an introduction earlier (2 minutes ago), now im already asking for help, advice, feedback, whatever i can get really.
In a nutshell then, i am a guitarist and vocalist of 30 years, acoustic stuff primarily but i also play electric stuff, mainly blues lead, but thats just for my ears at home, the acoustic stuff i do with my daughter and we release our classic covers online, for fun, because we enjoy it !!!
Anyway, i'm a 42 year old joiner, i'm a guitar player, a guitar lover and a guitar enthusiast/collector (when finances and the wife allow).
So, for a while now i have been considering the potential of setting up a very specialist guitar transport service, i have had so many guitars delivered by various different parcel services over the years, and i have posted dozens of my own too, each time its a very nervous experience, from the second it leaves the door to the second its opened at the other end.
I've had disasters and nice surprises, but on the whole its a serious worry, posting a guitar.
I figured other guitar player and enthusiasts may feel the same, who do i use to send my pride and joy to its new owner, Parcelforce, DPD, UPS, Yodel ? (None of them)
Is it fully insured with no smallprint ? (Nope)
Is it going to be looked after like it was made of glass ? (Absolutely not !!!)
Personally, i am happy to pay more for a courier that i know is going to deliver safely, this is a guitar, not a pair of trainers or a plant pot.
I personally stood there on my doorstep and watched, this week, a courier (DPD) collecting a Les Paul and a pair of Shure SM58 mics i sold, he picked them up, then dropped them on the way down the garden path, he looked very embarrassed after i told him he needed to be more careful and followed him to the van to make sure he stacked it carefully.
The back of his van, incidentally, was a disgrace, parcels everywhere, just thrown in !!!
So, to cut a long story short, or at least shorter, i'm a joiner, but moneys always tight with two high school age kids (11 and 12), a 1 year old toddler and a new baby on the way. So, i got to thinking about whether it would be financially viable to completely re-design and re-build the inside of my van so that it is kitted out to carry guitars, and only guitars. Specially built racking designed to carry guitars securely, in a soft, padded environment, i would ensure the guitars were treated like they were made of Swarovski Crystal from the moment i collect to the second they are delivered.
Each guitar would be transported in its own hard case, or a hard case supplied by us for transport purposes until arrival.
The aim of the service is safety, not speed. To ensure its a viable business, i would need to have a certain amount of guitars to deliver in the same area or on the same route that day, at the begininning this could be a challenge, but it could be overcome.
I want to provide a service for guitarists that is second to none.
I have just taken delivery of my very first Gibson Les Paul (a used one), it's taken me 30 years to finally own one, but i had to drive across the UK to collect it myself, because there was no way i was going to let a courier get their hands on it.
So, it cost me £60 in fuel and an entire day of my life (a day off work). So in total, it cost me £210 to collect that guitar !!!
Oh well, i was trying to cut the story short, turns out i didnt manage to cut it very short, apologies.
My question is, how many of you would consider spending more money for the services of a highly specialist guitar transporter, would it be worth it to you, knowing that your guitar is going to arrive safely ?
Im ready for your feedback, good and bad, i know the pitfalls, i know its not going to be easy, but i would really love to help the guitar community relax when it comes to buying an expensive used guitar and having it delivered.
Thankyou for listening, reading, putting up with my long post !!!