Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Johnny Marr reunited with guitar

Johnny Marr was delighted to be handed back his much loved £30,000 guitar after it was stolen by a Smiths fan ten years ago.
Great deals on musical instruments

Johnny Marr has been reunited with his stolen guitar after ten years.

The former Smiths star - who had been performing at the Scala club in Kings Cross, north London, in 2000 when his cherished 1964 red Gibson SG guitar was taken - had given up all hope of seeing it again but a tip off to police a decade later has finally seen the fan who stole the instrument punished, and the instrument returned to its rightful owner.

Smiths fan Stephen White, 38, admitted at Highbury magistrates court last week he stole the guitar after going back stage, spotting the instrument, and walking out through a fire escape with it.

Despite a reward offered at the time for the return of Marr's treasured item, White did not send it back and instead played the guitar for a number of years, even once taking it to a repair shop after damaging it.

White - who was sentenced to 200 hours community work - told the court he was "disgusted" with himself for stealing it all those years ago.

He said: "I'm disgusted with the whole thing. There's a victim here. I can't reconcile myself with the behaviour of that night."

His defence claimed he had been prescribed antidepressant Seroxat at the time of the theft, and was intoxicated.

The guitar, which would normally be worth around £6,000, has an estimated value of £30,000 due to its famous owner.

A spokesman for Marr said: "He is very happy to have his guitar returned. The guitar did have a high sentimental value to him. Initially he thought he had been targeted by a professional thief but when the details came to light he said he didn't want the matter to go further."

Posted on 23 Feb 2010 10:15 to category : Music News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Featuring a whole host of professional grade components, Antelope Audio's Zen Studio is available now at an incredibly discounted price.

17 Nov 2016 09:53
thumbnail

Chief executive of UK Music expects difficulties in the near future for UK artists wishing to work in the USA

16 Nov 2016 13:09
thumbnail

Ticket touters have been routinely slammed by artists and promoters for quite some time. Now, the government are to host an evidence session in which ticket touters and secondary tickets websites will be investigated.

14 Nov 2016 10:46
thumbnail

Shure announce their 'Call for Legends- Live Contest' in which the company search high and low for the next living music legends.

7 Nov 2016 12:12
thumbnail

In August controversy was in the air as the Dirty Dancing stage show fired its live musicians in favour of a backing track. Now the Musicians' Union urge its members to join in the protest.

26 Oct 2016 15:38
thumbnail

In recent times, the theft of musical instruments and gear seems to be more prevalent than ever. With this GPS guitar pedal, users can track their stolen equipment simply by logging in online on their phone or tablet.

24 Oct 2016 17:11

Recent Music News

thumbnail

For those who want to emulate the massive tone of one of the contemporary music scene's biggest percussive heroes, the 'Spooky' signature drum is this winters must have addition to your kit

8 Dec 2016 16:58
thumbnail

Some formats of compressed MP3 have been linked with negatively effecting individuals emotional state due to their inherent tonal characteristics

8 Dec 2016 13:04
thumbnail

Once again Cubase continue to pave the path of innovation with Cubase Pro 9

7 Dec 2016 14:34
thumbnail

Changing colour from its previous grey to a sleek black, the Launch Control XL's appearance has been re imagined to keep it inline with its Launch key and Launchpad counterparts.

7 Dec 2016 09:23
thumbnail

Designed to simulate various classic amp tones, Supro's Tremolo Pedal introduces the new school to the old school

6 Dec 2016 11:16
thumbnail

A premium belt-drive turntable that features wireless streaming, the BT-500 has been designed to extract every musical detail of your record collection

5 Dec 2016 15:00