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I got my stolen bass back!

Discussion in 'Lost & Stolen Gear' started by Axtman, Apr 10, 2020.


  1. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Sorry but I have purposely been on radio silence. I guess I was afraid that I would jinx it.

    Long story short. I met with the Craigslist guy who was selling my bass. I knew it was mine because of some telltale damage. I met him in a busy parking lot. I figured if I confronted him and he killed me there would be lots of witnesses.

    Right away I got a vibe that the guy was honest. He's probably just a guy that shops pawnshops and flips gear. I did not get the impression that he stole it. I came clean and told him that it was my bass and was stolen. He did not freak out or accuse me of faking it. I showed him the police report with serial number. He told me that he would return it to the pawnshop and get his money back.

    I then followed up with the police and after much screwing around they sent a detective over to the pawnshop to put the instrument on hold. I went to the pawnshop today, showed my ID and retrieved my bass.

    The only bad thing was my gig bag and strap were gone. Oh well, at least I got my bass back!
     
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    1. You left out what kind of bass is was :) .

    2. Awesome :)!!!!!!
     
  3. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    MIJ 1987 Fender Precision, sunburst, white pickguard, rosewood board.
     
    Last edited: Apr 10, 2020
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  4. Razman

    Razman Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2005
    Orange Park, FL
    So glad you got your bass back, that is miraculous!

    But a white pick guard? Srsly? Not tort? Smh...

    Raz
     
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  5. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    I guess in order to not be thrown out of this group I will have to change out the pickguard. (heavy sigh).
     
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  6. Basshappi

    Basshappi

    Feb 12, 2007
    Tucson,AZ
    Congratulations!

    The black Precision in my avatar was stolen and I recovered it under rather extraordinary circumstances, so I understand how great it feels to get it back! :hyper::thumbsup:

    Again, Congrats!
     
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  7. Actually what he should've done and posted this in the thread that he already had going about this instead of starting a whole new thread. Now everyone who followed the other thread will have no clue its been recovered and all is well. And now we have this new thread with a lot of people going to ask questions because they didn't know the original story.
     
  8. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    He, or you, could post a link to this there. I would, but I dont know the thread.
     
  9. WillyWonka

    WillyWonka "zero" fret Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2019
    Somebody stole the links to your pictures...
     
  10. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Here is my bass back home. bass.JPG
     
  11. Friggin awesome brother!!! We all need to hear some happy endings right now. :thumbsup:
     
  12. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2012
    Seattle WA
    Aren't pawn shops supposed to hold gear for 30days before selling, while they run the serial number by local police to see if there's a report of it being stolen?
     
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  13. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    Yes. I suspect it was a screw up on the part of the police.
     
  14. As fellow Seattleite, let me say I'm not at all impressed with how SPD handled this; or rather didn't. 'Glad you got your bass back with minimal hassle. But seriously dude, fix that pickguard!
     
  15. Axtman

    Axtman Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    It was TPD (Tacoma).
     
  16. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    I like that pickguard. Looks good with the burst.
     
  17. jellymax

    jellymax Don't fry any wooden fish

    Nov 29, 2006
    SF CA
    hurrah!
     
  18. Congratulations. That's a nice one.
     
  19. From reading another stolen/recovered thread here, I understand that pawn shops are required to search the serial number in a database, but sometimes typos and mistakes are made, by the PD and shop owner. Not going to guess how many are intentional, but I could imagine that happening, hard to prove intent.
     
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