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Published on January 22nd, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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Anyone seen these famous stolen guitars?

Music gear gets stolen all the time, even from musicians who are supposed to have good security. Reverb.com takes a look at six famous guitars that are still missing.

“My guitar is gone” are four words that no guitarist should ever have to say. Outside of death or injury, there’s no bigger bummer for a musician than having your prized instrument stolen. As players around the world have regretfully and routinely discovered, you can always get a new guitar, but you can never truly replace a guitar that you’ve deeply connected with.

Historically, when your gear gets stolen, you need luck on your side to get it back. Doing basic, responsible things—like recording serial numbers and taking pictures of distinctive features—is good practice, but even still, there’s no guarantee that these moves will always lead to getting your gear back.

While the advent of the internet and online marketplaces have made it easier for stolen instruments to be rediscovered and recovered, even some of the most historic stolen instruments in popular music folklore remain missing today.

Today, we’re taking a look at six of the rock world’s most famous stolen guitars and the stories behind them.

Keep reading.




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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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