In hopes of making it more difficult for people to trade in stolen guitars, Dweezil Zappa is promoting theguitarvaults.com, a new website that allows guitar owners to register the details of their instruments.
Here's a message from Dweezil himself:
"I’m Dweezil Zappa and I’m backing a new website called theguitarvaults.
The idea behind the site is really simple - it’s a place where any guitar owner can put details of their guitars online in a kind of registry to help identify the instrument as theirs.
Why do I think it’s a good idea?
Over the years many of my friends and fellow musicians have had guitars stolen. Some have recovered them, but many will probably never see them again. In fact, my dad, Frank, had a guitar stolen in the 1960s. It was a Gibson Les Paul Gold Top that he played a lot through the early days of the Mothers of Invention. Not only does this instrument hold historic and sentimental value to my family and the fans, but also it’s a pretty valuable vintage instrument in its own right. Even now, over 40 years later, we still haven’t managed to recover it.
So how can this new site help?
What the site does is to let guitar owners register the details of their instruments - pictures, make, model, color and any other identifying features. Most importantly the guitar serial number is registered.
What seems a little odd now, looking back over the 60 year or so year history of electric guitars, is that there still is no definitive record of serial numbers or a link to who actually owns any particular instrument.
Now, of course, the internet makes keeping a proper record of these details much easier and the ability for the guitar community to come together and communicate is simple.
So, the idea is - once the guitar is registered on the site it can be searched for and viewed publicly - so it will be cool to browse around and see other people’s guitars in close up. But, more importantly, if the guitar is lost or stolen, then the site member can flag it up so it’s clear to anyone viewing the member’s page that there’s a problem with that particular instrument.
In the future, if anyone was looking to buy a second hand guitar, they can first search theguitarvaults to see who has registered the guitar details. If they find that the seller’s details don’t match up with theguitarvaults record then they can back out of buying the guitar and message the site member and give them some information to follow up.
Obviously this site isn’t going to stop the trade in stolen gear but the whole idea is to make it more difficult for the trade to continue. At least it may help guitarists get closer to recovering their lost instruments.
I think it’s a good idea - that’s why I’m joining the site myself."