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post Dec 22 2011, 12:05 AM
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Got all his stuff stolen in Rome?


An appeal for your help, after a recent van break-in in Rome :-(
The following isn't exactly a fun read, but it would be hugely appreciated if y'all could have a quick look through the following: we need your help!

I've just finished a tour of Italy with Dave Kilminster, Seth Govan and Pete Riley. Unfortunately, someone broke into our tour van in Rome, during the afternoon of Dec 17th, and stole pretty much the entire contents.

This sucks on a number of levels: not only did the theft make it very difficult for us to play the remainder of the shows we had booked on our Italian tour, but also we're now faced with the prospect of having to find some way of replacing a lot of equipment - both rental gear and personal stuff.

Some of the stolen gear - particularly Seth's Warwick bass, which he's played almost exclusively for the last 22 years or so - also has considerable sentimental value, as you can doubtless imagine.

The Italian police didn't seem to think there was anything they could do about this situation, so... we're reaching out to you, the denizens of the internet, in the hope that maybe someone out there can help us to retrieve at least something.

Please have at least a quick look through the following list, and report any suspicious sightings: our only real hope of recovering this stuff lies in the fact that some of it is fairly distinctive/unusual, so in theory it should be hard to sell and easy to spot, if you know what to look for...

If you can think of any website or forum where it might be helpful to post this stuff, please, please copy/paste the following as you see fit!

(NB - although the theft took place in Italy, it seems feasible that the people responsible might instinctively head for the border of some nearby country and try to sell our gear there...?)

Anyhow... here's a list of what was taken. I've left out the various cables/power supplies etc, but needless to say we lost a lot of that stuff, too...


1989 Warwick Streamer bass, natural finish.

(Distinguishing features: smaller replacement Schaller tuners; screw for lower strap button replaced with a Philips style screw; thumb-sized indentation above the "P-Bass" pickup; long dark stripe/imperfection in the wood on the back of the bass, above the through-neck; small knot in the wood near the top of the inside upper horn...)

SWR SM900 head, serial # 4400106010
SWR Goliath 4x10 speaker cabinet (4 Ohm) serial # 4410500410

Boss OC-2 octave pedal, Boss TU-2 tuner, Boss power supply, various cables.


1x left-handed Drum Workshop DW 5000 double kick drum pedal.


2x Brunetti Mercury heads, serial numbers ME10550 and ME10650 (in flight cases);
2x Brunetti 4x12 cabinets (in flight cases).

DK's pedals:
Boss Chorus Ensemble;
Boss TU-2 tuner;
Boss digital reverb;
Xotic Effects "EP" Booster;
Suhr Riot distortion;
Dunlop "Van Halen" signature wah;
Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal.

GG's pedals:
(mounted in a distinctively crappy-looking "tea tray" pedalboard):
Xotic Effects "EP" Booster;
RetroSonic "Vintage Vibes" chorus;
tc electronics Flashback delay;
tc electronics Polytune tuner;
Guyatone WR-3 envelope filter;
Dunlop "Jerry Cantrell" signature wah;
Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal.


1x unique bag with the emblem "Roger Waters - The Wall";
Various camcorder tapes containing yet-to-be-edited footage from a professionally filmed 3-camera shoot - for what was intended to be a live DVD of a gig we played at Lapsus, Torino :-(

Well... profuse thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help us out with any of this!


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Daniel Realpe
post Dec 22 2011, 01:06 AM
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this is really bad news,

Why can't they rob Laura Pauisini or something,

I think the companies who endorse Guthrie can really help him in this moment,

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post Dec 22 2011, 01:40 AM
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Damn thieves ! but where are his guitars? I must say, in similar situations while traveling - at petrol stations,restaurants,coffee breaks, I carry a guitar with me, every time !

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post Dec 22 2011, 01:49 AM
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Aw man....this is bad.

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post Dec 22 2011, 04:03 AM
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Wow, that's awful. I wish I could help.

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post Dec 22 2011, 06:54 AM
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Man that is weak. Hopefully they can retrieve at least the sentimental stuff.

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post Dec 22 2011, 08:59 AM
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I think the police should do something about this! I mean, why can't they perform a thorough search? It's not like they don't have the means to do it.... And regarding the companies endorsing the guys, yes indeed - this could be a time where they can show their appreciation and support!

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post Dec 22 2011, 12:18 PM
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This is indeed sad to hear!
I have been through the same thing and trying to replace everything was a nightmare. Even though the Van was insured the Insurance Company wouldn't pay out the full value of the insurance.
I lost 3 guitars (Approx £3000 - 3500 to replace)
All my Pedals, cables etc and my Amps.
The Drummer and Bass player also lost a lot of gear as did the other guitarist. In total we lost about £20,000 worth of gear!

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post Dec 22 2011, 06:46 PM
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Man, that is heavy, sorry to hear that. sad.gif I hope they got most of the gear insuranced or something.

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