November 05, 2020 I Legal

Sweetwater and Gibson Report Theft of Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst Guitars

Left to right: Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom in Silverburst, VOS version and Aged and Signed version.

A pallet of new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitars has been stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, Indiana, on October 30. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, Indiana, the headquarters of Sweetwater Sound.

“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this one pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich said. “Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person [or persons] knew exactly what to look for and when.”

Gibson and Adam Jones of the band Tool premiered a multi-year partnership and collaboration last week via the new Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar, a limited-edition guitar from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab that exactly recreates Adam’s prized original Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul. Upon release, all of the guitars immediately sold out worldwide.

“These guitars were the dream guitars of 13 Gibson and Adam Jones fans, who had been patiently waiting for them to be delivered,” says Cesar Gueikian, chief merchant officer at Gibson. “We have decided to publish the serial numbers of the 13 stolen guitars and are appealing to all of Gibson’s fans to keep an eye out for them and let us know if they surface. Our fans should ask any third-party sellers for a serial number before purchasing to be sure they are not being sold one of the stolen guitars.”

“Our loyal customers have been waiting a long time to receive these guitars and will be devastated,” said David Fuhr, senior vice president of The Sweetwater Experience. “We hope Gibson and Sweetwater’s tight-knit community of guitarists will be able to help us recover the stolen items and that the people responsible for the theft are caught.”

Anyone with information regarding the guitars should contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or (317) 535-8100.

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