Tom Petty desperately tried to replace his stolen vintage guitars before his upcoming tour -- dropping big money on near-identical replicas last Thursday ... the same day they were swiped from an L.A. soundstage.
The tour kicks off today -- and we're told Tom was freaked he wouldn't have suitable guitars in time ... so he got in touch with a rare guitar shop in L.A. as soon as he discovered his prized instruments were missing.
According to sources, Petty purchased a white Gibson SG and a blonde Rickenbacker -- the same models as two of the guitars that were stolen.
Luckily, the guitar catastrophe has narrowly been averted -- because as we first reported ... law enforcement recovered the stolen guitars yesterday.
So far, we're told there are no plans to return the extra guitars.
Scrambled to Replace
Stolen Guitars Before Tour
4/18/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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