Hey everyone, hope the upcoming holiday season is finding everyone happy and healthy!
As most of you know, LGM Guitars has recently moved to the west coast (well, within 40 minutes of it) to Abbotsford, British Columbia.
The move went smoothly, though things have become bumpy since getting here.
I am moved into the new shop now, but have come to discover that this city is NOT small business friendly in any way! I have been waiting for what seems like ages to get the paint shop up and running but there have been a couple of snags.
Firstly was getting the financing approved, that took longer than we wanted. But it finally happened.
Secondly, the wait for the booth itself. This is a brand new 14' x 24' automotive booth, going big this time
The booth was expected to be here over a week ago but is now scheduled for delivery December 20th, 2005.
Third, getting the permits for the paint booth has proven more than difficult. The city wants engineered drawings of the building, the site, the booth, elevations etc etc etc. I have contacted the mayors office as it was looking like I wouldn't have permits until mid January, but the mayors office has said they will do everything possible to have the permits to me by xmas! Here's hoping!
As a result, there are many guitars that I wanted desperately to have to customers before xmas, but I have not been able to finish the paint on them. In a fit of desperation I even tried contacting several local body shops asking what they would charge to clear coat bodies or if they would rent booths. None will rent a booth, and they all want ridiculous amounts of money to clear the bodies, upwards of $500 each. When I only charge in the neighborhood of $250 for complete paint, I simply can't do this. So I do truly apologize for the guitars that have not made it out.
I am also very happy to announce, and regretful at the same time, that once up and running, LGM Guitars will be taking orders only for Leviathan instruments. This may change in the future, but currently the work load is so high that I cannot take on the other work. However, as I stated in past posts, IF you are really set on having LGM Guitars do a special job for you, contact me, I will take on other work with the understanding that it may take 12 months if not more. Sadly I have work here right now which has fallen victim to this timeline. Most customers have been extremely patient, one customer who has ordered an 8 string also ordered an 8 from Conklin....... 3 YEARS AGO and still hasn't received it. This is no excuse for my lateness, but at least it makes me realize that I'm not the only person who probably doesn't make the best possible use of my time.
Anyway, the guitar backlog is slowly getting cleaned up and instruments are being shipped out. As soon as the new booth is in place many more will be finished and shipped. Again I apologize for the wait, I feel confident that the wait will be worth it in every case though!
Thank you for everyones support, patience and continued patronage.
Wishing you all the best and a very Merry Christmas!!!!!