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so my tele was stolen (tampa bay area)

floridagizzi

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i picked up a used deluxe nashville tele (MIM) about 3 months ago. it was stolen sometime in the past couple days... from the church i work for :(

i'm super bummed and came here to vent/ask for people in the TB area to keep an eye out for it.

it's a honey blonde with maple neck, tortoiseshell pickguard with a swirl resembling a rose in the guard (i nicknamed her rose for this, and also after my deceased grandmother). i know i didn't have it that long, but i was pretty attached to it. the thing was in a hardshell case with a large Fender sticker on the front bottom left corner. case has three latches. inside the case were 2 packs of ernie ball super slinkys (the pink ones), and two allen wrenches, one for saddle height adjustment the other for truss rod. i just replaced the nut last week, so it will show signs of that too. it was a 60th anniversary tele and has the engraved neckplate on the back.

serial number is MX11038367

no pics unfortunately. if anyone sees it please let me know. :(
 

katsumushi

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That sucks...
Try checking the guitar centers here in Clearwater and Tampa (they wont purchase stolen guitars but it doesnt hurt to ask them and give a description of your guitar.When they purchase guitars they have the police check serial numbers and such to make sure its not a stolen guitar) .
Check Sam Ash also.
Also check pawn shops to see if anything has been bought in that matches your description.
Hope you find your guitar.
 

sleep

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You've likely thought of this, but keep an eye on Craigslist as well. There are phone apps that let you specify items to watch for and can alert you when search terms you've entered pop up, and I'd think it'll probably be on there quickly, for cheap, and won't last long.

Good luck. I hope someone does the right thing and returns it to you, and please accept my condolences.
 

SLG

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I'll keep an eye out for it around the Orlando area. Sometimes the thieves like to take their booty a few counties away from where they stole it before trying to sell it.
 

floridagizzi

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thanks everyone. yeah, i've been watching ebay, craigslist, and guitarcenter used like a hawk. ill check sam ash and probably hit some pawns tomorrow. suck.
 

sameoldblues

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Palm Beach County resident here. I'll be on the lookout as well...we've had a bit of a stolen gear epidemic in my town, which has directly affected several friends of mine.

Unless I'm mistaken, pawn shops are only required to report the items they buy to the sheriff's office within their own county. If I were you, I'd be calling every damn sheriff's office in the whole state.

Interestingly enough, I came across this information years ago when I bought a VERY nice guitar from a homeless man for roughly 20% of its actual value. Did all I could to try and find the rightful owner, but was unsuccessful.
 

crambone

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I live in Lakeland and I will be on the lookout. I play for my church but I bring my stuff home every day. It's a pain in the butt to do every Sunday but I would rather rest easy to know it's safe from sticky fingers.
 






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