Dweezil Zappa the Latest Name to Back new Registry TheGuitar Vaults -
Dweezil Zappa is the latest big name artist toback new guitar registry site TheGuitarVaults.
The idea behind TheGuitarVaults is simple, it's an online resourcewhere anyone and everyone will be able to help create acomprehensive list of guitars and their serial numbers. As a useryou'll be able to create a page for your guitars where you'll beable to include pictures and information, this will have a fewuses.
Firstly, people will be able to surf and get info on guitarsthey're interested in, you'll be able to see what colours Gibsonoffered the Les Paul in for '57 and then what changed in '58.You'll be able to check out what bridge an old Gretsch should have,and what colour the original hardware was etc etc. For fans of theguitar, and the history of guitar, this resource could proveinvaluable.
The other huge use for the site is for tracking stolen guitars,as Dweezil explains:
"Over the years, many of my friends and fellow musicianshave had guitars stolen. Some have recovered them, but many willprobably never see them again. In fact, my Dad had a guitar stolenin the 1960's; it was a Gibson Les Pail gold top that he playedthrough the early days of The Mothers of Invention. Not only doesthis instrument hold historic and sentimental value to my familyand the fans, but it's a pretty valueable vintage instrument in itsown right. Even now, 40 years later, we still haven't managed torecover it"
With TheGuitarVaults, users will be able to register theirguitars serial numbers then flag them as stolen if the worsthappens. This means that with a huge international community, theword can get out fast and the owner has a much better chance ofgetting their gear back. Most pawn stores in the UK now check itemsthat come in for devices like SmartWater, which alerts them to thetheft of an item, with TheGuitarVaults, shops would have the optionto check out the guitar before they buy it and check thateverything is in order, and if it's not they can easily contact theoriginal registered owner to find out what's happened.
Dweezil has joined the site, so why don't you and do everythingyou can to protect your prized instruments.