Going the Distance
I just wanted to reiterate and expound on a part of our service that I think is pretty unique in our industry: guitar pickup and delivery. A few weeks ago a client drove 60 miles to bring me 3 of his guitars that needed work. He was looking at setups on each of them and then wanted my recommendation on potential upgrades to his guitars. I ended up recommending a lot of upgrades because we want our clients to have a guitar that sounds and plays as best as it possibly can within their budget. He left the instruments with me and took some time to think over what he wanted to do. After a few days he decided to go ahead with almost all of the upgrades I recommended. Now normally 60 miles is a little further than we'd go for the standard pickup and delivery, but since he was getting so much work done I thought it'd be a nice gesture to bring the guitars back to him.
And that got me to thinking: there are probably other people out there who need serious work done on their instruments and don't have a highly skilled luthier in their area who can service those guitars. Doing a setup is one thing, but what if you need your guitar re-fretted or a neck reset or want a custom build? Not every shop is prepared to handle those types of jobs. So we'd like to make you an offer: if you live within 75 miles of our shop and get $500 or more done in labor with Artifact, we will drive your guitars back to you for free. That may seem like a lot in labor, but let's say you have a couple friends in the area who also need some work done. Team up with them and figure out a time to have your guitars serviced. Let's say you've got a handful of buddies and you all want your guitars overhauled to the tune of $1000+ in labor. We'll drive both ways for you.
Now for those people who live in the far corners of the state or even outstate in the Dakotas, Iowa or Wisconsin, or anywhere in the country really we have something for you as well. We have a service called voide that I detailed in a previous blog post. If you're getting your guitar voided, we can even help you across state lines. What you need to do is go to this site: http://www.voideguitars.com and do some reading to decide what upgrades you want. Once you pick out all of your upgrades we will mail you a box with a mailing label and detailed instructions on how to pack your current guitar so that it is not damaged in shipping. Once it arrives at Artifact we will work our methods on it and send it back to you. The only downside to this service is that we can't be there with you to personally hand off the guitar and see the awe and disbelief on your face as you strum that first chord. Just read our reviews on Facebook and Google to get an idea of what you're in for. This service is perfect for gigging and touring musicians who want a guitar that sounds, plays and feels great but don't want to risk getting their 1962 Sonic Blue Fender Strat stolen (or even a Gibson worth a couple grand).
Happy Friday everyone! Or to those of you who work on the weekends, my condolences.