Tom Petty is runnin’ down a guitar -- five of them actually, stolen from a practice studio in Culver City -- and the legendary rocker is offering a $7,500 reward for information leading to their return.
The guitars, belonging to him and his bandmates in The Heartbreakers, were taken last Thursday from a soundstage at The Culver Studios, located at 9336 W. Washington Blvd. Pictures and descriptions of the instruments are listed on the band’s official website.
The reward comes “with no questions asked,” the band wrote on its site.
The five missing guitars are a 1967 12-string Rickenbacker 360 and 1965 Gibson SG TV Junior belonging to Petty, a custom Dusenberg belonging to Mike Campbell, a Fender Broadcaster belonging to Ron Blair, and a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan belonging to Scott Thurston.
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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: David Lee Roth (L) recieves a kiss from guitar player Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen donated 75 brand-new electric guitars to a number of Los Angeles schools that had recently been singing the blues.
Tricia Steel of the non-profit Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation says the Van Halen lead-guitarist dontated instruments this week.
Meant to inspire music in local children, the rocker asked that the educational axes be used in classrooms, and not sold. As a result, dozens of newly empassioned rock prodigies are realizing that in time their band will be most triumphant, but will never be a super group unless they have Eddie Van Halen.
The guitars were gifted to seven schools serving mostly low-income students. Some will be distributed to replace broken instruments and others to build music enrollment efforts.
Administrators, advised to keep the shiny 6-strings under tight lock and key, were not told where the guitars came from until they arrived.
Van Halen announced a tour for 2012, and details about their first studio album in 14 years. A Different Kind of Truth, due for release February 7, will be Van Halen's first original studio album with singer David Lee Roth since the Los Angeles band’s multi-platinum album "1984".
The first single "Tattoo" was released on Tuesday. The tour kicks off February 18.