A supplier from Sweetwater Sound suggests the culprit knew exactly what they were heisting.
As a announced last week, Gibson Guitars and Adam Jones of Tool kicked off a multi-year partnership with the new Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitar, a limited-edition guitar from Gibson Custom Shop Murphy Lab.
This project recreates with exact detail, Adam’s prized original #1 guitar, the Silverburst 1979 Gibson Les Paul. The announcement was made October 27th and all of the guitars sold out worldwide, immediately.
On October 30th, a pallet of these customized, finely-crafted guitars was stolen from a truck stop in Whiteland, Indiana. The truck was en route to Fort Wayne, IN, the headquarters of supplier, Sweetwater Sound.
“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. “Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person/s knew exactly what to look for and when.”
“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.”
Anyone with information regarding the guitars should contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at KPolley@whitelandpd.us or (317) 535-8100.
For the world premiere of the new Adam Jones Les Paul Custom, Jones created and scored the animated short film, The Witness. Composed and performed by Adam, the song “The Witness” also features Adam’s Tool bandmates Danny Carey on percussion and Justin Chancellor on bass.
Watch and share The Witness, streaming on Gibson TV below.