Help get Jim's stolen guitar back

Help get Jim's stolen guitar back

From Jimmy a Eloy

I can't believe it. I found my stolen guitar yesterday. But the only way to get it back ... is to buy it back.

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Way back in January 2011, after a show at the Salvador Dali Museum for their fundraiser anniversary, a guitar was stolen out of my car. It was rare, and my main axe. I toured the country with it in the band the Beauvilles, playing SXSW music festival and more. 

Local journalists wrote about the theft. A reward was offered. Fans of my band went to their local pawn shops to look for it. All music stores were given photos of it and ... Unfortunately the police told me I was wasting my time. I couldn't find the Serial Number written down anywhere as I had lost some papers in a move. But the guitar had many changed parts. Some only I would know as they were on the inside.  And the guitar had a unique wood grain, right down the middle ... 

... and they only made 100 of these guitars ever. But still a needle in a haystack of all the guitars in all of America. 

And yesterday ... I found the guitar. 

Not in a pawn shop, or sketchy rummage store, or craigslist ad, but in a photo on Google completely by accident. 

And to make this seem like some strange act of the music gods ... I wasn't even searching for a guitar, just a random part.  Google made a strange mistake. 

At first I clicked on the photo out of curiousity: 

"Hey that looks exactly like the rare model of guitar of mine that was stolen. Weird!" 

... and they only made 100 of these guitars ever. But still a needle in a haystack of all the guitars in all of America. 

And yesterday ... I found the guitar. 

Not in a pawn shop, or sketchy rummage store, or craigslist ad, but in a photo on Google completely by accident. 

And to make this seem like some strange act of the music gods ... I wasn't even searching for a guitar, just a random part.  Google made a strange mistake. 

At first I clicked on the photo out of curiousity: 

"Hey that looks exactly like the rare model of guitar of mine that was stolen. Weird!" 

And I noticed some strange things about this guitar. The grain (basically the "fingerprint of the wood"), the pickup being mismatched and the wrong way in the middle. Replaced parts, that I had done to my missing guitar, and then I looked at more photos of nicks and dings and wear that I caused to the one that had been stolen ... and ...  

I couldn't believe it. Impossible! I quickly contacted the guy who has it in South Carolina. He confirmed the changes to the insides of the guitar that you can't see that I did back in 2008, with custom parts that only I would know and have had. 

 I can't believe it. The guitar has been missing since January 2011. 

 And unfortunately and sadly, the only way to legally get it back ... 

... is to buy it back. 

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