On October 30, 13 Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom guitars – together worth $95,000 – were stolen from a Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, Indiana.
Now, Gibson and Adam Jones have reportedly decided to re-manufacture each of the stolen guitars for their buyers.
According to Guitar.com, Gibson and Adam Jones sent the buyers of the stolen guitars a letter that read “For many of Adam’s fans, these limited-edition guitars are the guitars of their dreams, and this is probably true of you as well.
“Therefore, we wanted to let you know that we, Gibson and Adam together, have decided to make the guitars again for you.”
“In order to distinguish them from the ones that got stolen," the letter continues, "We are going to add a special notation on the headstock, something we believe will make your guitar one of the 13 most special and collectable guitars of the run. We apologize in advance for the suspense, but we prefer to surprise you!”
Gibson told affected customers they should expect their re-made guitars to arrive in February.
Gibson had previously published the serial numbers of the 13 stolen guitars, which remain at large. They can be seen below.
Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Aged and Signed
- 73529531 #42
- 73529531 #69
- 73529531 #41
- 73529531 #71
Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom VOS
Anyone with information on the stolen guitars is being urged to contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at KPolley@whitelandpd.us or (317) 535-8100.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.