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Tom Petty

Scrambled to Replace

Stolen Guitars Before Tour

4/18/2012 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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.


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is a replica guitar just as good?

828 days ago

My Big Salami    

I heard it was a loser that stole his guitars but as Tom sings "even the losers get lucky sometimes"........And remember Tom you'll get your guitars back as you sing "the waiting is the hardest part"...And tell that theif as you sing "dont come around here no more"!.......Ya Tom this is life imitating Tom Petty lyrics!

828 days ago


Are you going to name the alleged thief that was arrested? He's a pariah to all of the other crew members that became suspects and doesn't deserve to have his identity protected.

828 days ago


@FloridaGirl: That's very short-sighted. Children who participate in school music programs are PROVEN to get better grades in all areas of their schoolwork.
" University studies conducted in Georgia and Texas found significant correlations between the number of years of instrumental music instruction and academic achievement in math, science and language arts."
Source: University of Sarasota Study, Jeffrey Lynn Kluball; East Texas State University Study, Daryl Erick Trent

^^ Look! A source! Something that doesn't usually follow a claim in a comments section online!!!

827 days ago


Um... Tom Petty plays guitar? Did he somehow learn another three chords?

827 days ago


So glad they got back the guitars. They are classic and irreplaceable. Just as Tom and his band is. What a s***bag that guy was for ripping them off. He should be shot and pissed on!

827 days ago


See you in New Orleans! Yay!!!!

827 days ago

Everso Records    

Grammy winner Shelby Lynne's guitars are now considered stolen, please be on the look out for these:

816 days ago

Everso Records

816 days ago

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