Hey guys I got a possible solution to the problem........
I've got a private pilot's liscense and would be willing to fly down there this week, find his shop, and get some answers. Supply me with his address and I will find the closest airport and fly in, go to his shop and get some anwers for all of you. I will do this if you guys want, under one condition, you pay for it. Operating cost & fuel is about $200 an hour, I could probably make it there in about 3 hours. Yea, thats $900 there and $900 back but I would have answers for you, and, supply me with some pictures & serial #'s of your guitars, written statements, phone #'s and all that good stuff and I may be coming back with a plane full of guitars. I understand its alot of money, but it wouldn't be if all you who have lost your instruments chipped in equal amounts.....I don't know how many of you there is, but lets say theres 10 members on this board who have lost there guitar, several of which are over $1000, it would only cost you $180 per person. And I don't know about you, but if I had a JEM 7vwh there for over two years and somebody said they could get it back for me for $200 or less, I'd have them the money by the end of the day. Then, on the other hand, I may get down there and he may not be there. If thats the case I'll stay the night and go again the next day and sit out front ALL DAY til someone shows up. And the other scenario could be that there might not even be a shop there anymore. If thats the case, I will take pictures of the location and address to prove that I did go and that he is no longer located there. If there was another business there they may have an idea of how to contact him, if their the ones who bought or leased the building after him.
Either way you look at it you would have some answers, and maybe even a guitar.
If you'll just cover my expense for the plane I'll do it for you guys.
Most airports have complimentary automobiles for pilots to borrow from the FBO (Fixed based operator) to go run errands, get lunch, etc, so once I get down there I'll have something to drive, and I KNOW theres about 10 airports in the pennsicola area, so I'm sure theres one within 10-20 miles of his shop.
Yes, I know somebody's going to say it would be cheaper to fly airline, BUT, my reply to that is I wouldn't be able to go when I want, leave when I want, I don't know how long I'll have to stay so I wouldn't know when to schedule for departure, I more than likely wouldn't be able to probably land at the closest airport, I would have to rent a vehicle, and IF I was able to get your guitars back I would have NO WAY to bring them back if I was flying airline. Flying Privately is more expensive b/c of the convience factor and benifits of being able to fly where you want when you want, and leave when you want with whatever you want.
With a good tail wind I might could actually make it in less than that
Actually I won't know EXACTLY how long it would take until I plot the course and see how many nautical miles it is. But I'm sure its probably around 3 or so. Wind could help or hurt + or - an hour.
Like I said I can go on a moments notice so talk about it amongst yourselves and let me know.
If cost is a factor I'll drive down there for half the price of flying and take an eclosed trailer so then I KNOW I'll have enough room for the guitars if I can get them. Like I said I would need your #'s so that he could call you and verify, serial #'s etc....
Nobody else seems to be making any offers to get to the bottom of this, but this is the best I can do.