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Blues guitars going cheap?

By johnboy - 20 October 2008 13

The Canberra Blues Society has a shout out for anyone who might have seen a large number of guitars stolen from the house of Steve Russell:

    — Candy Apple red ’62 Fender Telecaster Custom re-issue. Made in Japan. In fabric soft case Monterey brand, black with purple trimming. The scratch plate has been replaced with a slightly off white three ply (black/white/black) plastic plate.

    — Ephiphone Casino. The scratchplate is missing and it has a different tailpiece – it is a tremolo style tail piece with a chrome handle that extends up to the bridge. This guitar was in a black moulded plastic hard case.

    — Fender Telecaster (Made in Mexico). A slightly darker “chocolate” coloured rosewood body in a fabric soft case (gig bag) which was fairly worn. It has a chip in the finish where the neckjoins the body, which has been “repaired” with brown coloured wax.

    — Fernandes Revival brand. Gold and has 3 enclosed tubular chrome pickups rather thanthe white plastic on the photo. It has a large chip in the rear bottom edge. It was in a Fender gig bag.

    — Line 6 Variax 700 acoustic (Black). This guitar was in an olive/brown Line 6 fabric gig bag.

    — Gibson Les Paul Standard (black). The guitar has a dent on the rear edge and a small crack in the cream plastic pickguard at the screw near the neck. It also had a a small silver and black Ying/Yang sticker on the headstock under the brand name. Hinges on the case are broken.

    — Danelectro Convertible. Cream with a dark brown trim around the sides, not in a case.

    — Regal Dobro. Worn condition with 2 control knobs on the front a a plastic tortoiseshell plate between the chrome resonator and the neck. The strings had been raised with a v shapedmetal string raiser at the nut to adapt it for Hawaiin style playing. It was probably in either a blackfabric covered hard case or a moulded black plastic hardcase with the brand “Takamine” moulded into it.

    — Violin. An antique Italian violin, the label reads Carlo Storioni Cremonensis Faciebat 1898 (or something similar). In a blue fabric covered hard case with 2 bows.

    — There was also an older Ibanez brand 12 string acoustic which had a circular orange “your rights atwork” sticker on the front covering a small hole in the face, and a black Yamaha “thinline” electroacoustic with “f” holes and a gold plated pick up at the neck.

If you come across them the society would like to hear from you.

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13 Responses to
Blues guitars going cheap?
Felix the Cat 9:04 pm 20 Oct 08

Check Cash Converters/other pawnbrokers too.

Deadmandrinking 4:21 pm 20 Oct 08

Or e-bay…I’d be checking there frequently if I were steve.

Tempestas 4:21 pm 20 Oct 08

Total expletives. For a bluesman like Steve Russell, that is almost like cutting an arm off.

Total scum.

I hope he gets them back. He must be devastated.

tylersmayhem 4:11 pm 20 Oct 08

Based on how burglaries seem to happen in the fair town, I imagine they’ll spring up somewhere off radar in Sydney or Melbourne or the likes.

Woody Mann-Caruso 3:57 pm 20 Oct 08

There’s a special hell for people who steal instruments. A little red devil puts a set of very expensive audiophile headphones on their heads, secures it with a nail gun, then pipes Celine Dion in one ear and Nickelback in the other.

ant 3:20 pm 20 Oct 08

Some pretty flash guitars there, not to mention the violin. I hope they catch whoever did this adn they get them back.

fnaah 3:11 pm 20 Oct 08

Danman, I hear you – insurance doesn’t cut it. Once you know an instrument, you just can’t get another one the same (especially if you’ve spent years getting it feeling and sounding just right.)

fnaah 3:07 pm 20 Oct 08

That’s just awful. 🙁 Sounds like someone planned it too, you don’t just walk out of a house with eight guitars in your backpack.

Hope they catch the culprits and force them to listen to Gabrielle Cilmi songs while they’re punded up the ar$e by a hairy pedo.

Danman 3:06 pm 20 Oct 08

“I know nothing about”

Man I shood (sic) use the preview button eh

Danman 3:05 pm 20 Oct 08


I kno wnothin gabout violins, but there is at least 50 grand worth of guitars there – and hopefully, being customised, they will be easy to recover.

As much as my guitars and amp/accessories are covered by insurance, it would still suck if they were stolen as instruments often hold more than a dollar value for their owner.

PBO 2:43 pm 20 Oct 08

Damn, you could write a blues song about that, but what would they play it on?

johnboy 2:32 pm 20 Oct 08

No problem at all!

justbands 2:31 pm 20 Oct 08

That’s terrible! I’m sure you don’t mind if I post this on Just Bands also johnboy (with credit of course)?

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