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Sweetwater reports limited-edition guitar heist


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Sweetwater says someone stole a pallet of limited-edition guitars at a truck stop just south of Indianapolis last week.

The music instrument and audio company said the theft happened on Oct. 30 as the semi was headed to Sweetwater's headquarters in Fort Wayne.

Sweetwater said the truck stopped at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland and that's when the theft occurred.

“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich.

“With a retail value of $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person/s knew exactly what to look for and when.”

Sweetwater is hoping the community of guitarists will help track down the stolen guitars and find those responsible.

“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 of 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.”

Here are the serial numbers of the stolen guitars.

Anyone with information regarding the guitars should contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at or (317) 535-8100.

The Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar comes in a limited offering of 79 replicas which have been precisely aged by the expert luthiers and craftspeople of the Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab - led by Tom Murphy - and are signed and numbered by Adam himself.

An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom guitars for 2020 feature exclusive silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock, created by Joyce Su and Adam. The two also collaborated on the design for the custom hardshell guitar cases housing each instrument.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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