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Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar

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Desert Dancer 22 Jun 11 - 12:49 PM
Geordie-Peorgie 22 Jun 11 - 05:52 PM
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ChanteyLass 23 Jun 11 - 12:37 AM
Desert Dancer 23 Jun 11 - 12:43 AM
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GUEST,kendall 23 Jun 11 - 06:36 AM
GUEST,capitalissium 23 Jun 11 - 09:51 AM
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Subject: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 22 Jun 11 - 12:49 PM

Links to this ad have come to me from several directions via Facebook: Craiglist - "To the people who stole my Les Paul (Ladner/Tsawwassen)", 2011-06-21, 9:11AM PDT, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

I post it here to pass the word on, but also because I'm sure many here can relate to or certainly sympathize with the poster's relationship with his instrument. (See the link for pictures.)

~ Becky in Tucson

To the people who stole most of my stuff out of my studio on June 5, including my main guitar of 43 years, let me tell you about it.

It's a very altered, but very real 1953 Gibson Les Paul Model - Serial # 3 0621 (stamped on the back of the headstock)

This is not a gold-top. In the 1950's, it was refitted with an ABR-1 bridge and stop tailpiece, and then refinished, all by Gibson. The green colour in the picture, (especially on the rear half of the body where the light reflection is less), is accurate. It's one of the lightest Gibson Les Pauls, and the only one of its' colour, that I've ever seen.

I've made many other changes to this guitar in favour of playability:
--changed the P-90's to humbuckers
--had the neck thinned and it, the back and the sides were refinished
--when it was refinished, the serial # was stamped in
--replaced worn out machine heads with gold Gibson ones
--added brass switch ring, jack plate, and rear cavity covers that were made for me by my now-deceased brother-in-law
--added a truss rod cover with "Les Paul" on it
--installed strap-locks (for obvious reasons)
--there will be traces of violin bow resin in and under various parts. It is the best guitar ever for bowing.

This is a one-of-a-kind instrument in so many ways. It is completely recognizable, down to every screw on it.

I've been in the music business all my life, and have a large list of friends and contacts. With the help of countless amazing people, many who I don't even know, http://web.me.com/outgolfing/Equipment (which details what you took) has been sent across Canada and around the world to more people - musicians, music stores, pawn shops, studios, rehearsal rooms, and other musically related businesses - than I ever imagined possible. It's been passed around since you broke in, and is continually going out to more people. In fact, I'd bet people reading this will pass the link on to others if they already haven't. This will continue unendingly until I find my guitars and other equipment. My green Les Paul is already one of the most recognizable instruments in Canada, I can guarantee you that.

Here's your scenario:
--No collector will want this instrument because it's not even close to original.
--No legitimate business will buy it from you.
--Any creep who would knowingly buy a stolen guitar will give you a pittance for it.
--If you keep it for yourself, you'll never be able to play anywhere with it, and it will tie you to the crime and to all of the other stolen equipment for as long as you have it.
--You didn't even take the case.

It's my most personal possession, and I have always planned for my son to have it one day. By the way, the other Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier head you took was his.

It's not of much value to you, but to me, I can't buy another Les Paul like it because another one doesn't exist.. Here's a thought:

Have some decency and redeem some karma. Bring my guitar back. You've fucked my studio up and stolen a life-time collection of my shit. You stole my guitar rig, which was MY sound that I've spent years achieving.

You haven't ripped off a money making business. You've ripped off my life and my spirit immeasurably by taking away the tools of the pursuit of my passion. I've worked extremely hard for my whole life to earn my right to do so, and you took it all away in an hour or two. You've also ripped off my son, now, and in the future. I don't have the money to replace the gear, so it's just gone.

Just give it back - NO QUESTIONS ASKED. PLEASE

Maurice


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: Geordie-Peorgie
Date: 22 Jun 11 - 05:52 PM

This has been FB'd too - To notify as many as possible


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Jun 11 - 08:59 PM

I really HOPE he gets it back!!


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: ChanteyLass
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 12:37 AM

I hope so, too. And Geordie-Peorgie is correct, it is on Facebook where I first saw it.


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 12:43 AM

As I said, Facebook is where I saw it, too, from several non-connected friends.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: I don't know
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 04:52 AM

Hope the person responsible gives it back.


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: GUEST,kendall
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 06:36 AM

Scumbag thieves like that give assholes a bad name.


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: GUEST,capitalissium
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 09:51 AM

sad, but chances are now that it is obvious the thieving bastard can't reallisticaly sell it on 'as is' to an unsuspecting legit buyer *,

[hint * investigate Canada/US equivalent to "Musicground"]

he'll strip it for sellable parts..

and if he's a thick ignorant cretin with no idea of the guitar's history or true value,
the wood will end up on a bonfire or in a skip.


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: kendall
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 09:57 AM

I didn't want to mention that. The victim is in enough pain.


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: GUEST,capitalissium
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 10:23 AM

..google provides many hours of reading material re 'shady rich guitar collectors'
and the dodgy dealers [errrrm..allegedly.. Musicground]
that service their nefarious vintage cravings..

ironic, that may be this guitars main hope of surviving with at worst no more than a pro refinish & new serial no???


googling "famous stolen missing les pauls" is an interesting start for a day's reading..

on a more practial note..


http://www.mylespaul.com/forums/vintage-les-pauls/39674-famous-stolen-guitars-search.html

would be an ideal forum to circulate this guitar's details if not done so already.


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Subject: RE: Story of a stolen Les Paul guitar
From: GUEST,capitalissium
Date: 23 Jun 11 - 10:58 AM

any use ?

http://www.stolenguitarregistry.com/search.php


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