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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Help S.F. Rocker Chuck Prophet Find His Stolen Telecaster [Update: Found!]

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM

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Update, 8/24/12: Prophet's guitar and a bass that also went missing have been found! Hit the jump for the story of their recovery.

Original post: Just a community service announcement from the department of Please Don't Take Other People's Shit: S.F. rocker Chuck Prophet -- who is rad -- awoke recently to find his van window broken, and a prized axe missing.

This of course is a nightmare -- especially since Prophet is heading up to Portland on tour today. The guitar in question is his main one, a cream-colored 1984 Fender Squire Telecaster. As you can tell from the pictures, it's pretty beat-up (er, aged), and has rust on the bridge. There's a banjo tuner on the low E string. Here are some photos:

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Update: Here's the story, via Prophet's Facebook page, of how his guitar and a missing bass were recovered:

After Kara Johnson and Patrick Winningham came up with an action plan, they flyer'd every SRO on Market Street down through the 6th St. corridor and up into the 'Loin.

This morning I got a cryptic text message from a guy who said we had a deal. I called Patrick, who took it from there. With Tom Heyman in tow (wearing a belt buckle the size of a turkey platter), he headed out for the hand-off, pockets stuffed with cash. They negotiated a meet-up at the Starbucks on 8th and Market -- neutral territory. "Mike" showed up with a crumpled flyer instead of a corsage. After a few pleasantries were exchanged, another guy wheeled around the corner on roller blades -- with both instruments strapped to his back! Where's the film crew when we need 'em? Patrick and Tom docked these two fine citizens two C-notes (or was it three?) for spray painting the bass lime green (fair is fair), and drove off with the guitars...

Again, big thanks to everyone for helping this old mouth breather get his guitar back. I've been beating myself up for leaving the guitar and Kevin's bass in the van. I was tired and got sloppy. I was sick about it. This time I got a break, thanks to the love and support of so many people.

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