I played bass in this band for about 11 months. The rhythm guitarist was using the vocalist's guitar and rig, but this summer we decided to kick him out, thus our guitarist was left with no gear. Because of that, I loaned him my guitar until he had the money to buy his own. Bad call. Last month they kicked me out, and now the guitarist claims he "cant find" my guitar. All of that band are into pretty heavy drug use, yet only the drummer has a job to fund it. Me, the guitarists, and the vocalist were the only ones with keys to our jamspace, so I'm thinking maybe he pawned it? Our friend's bass that was there also went 'missing,' so my question is what should I do. I gave him an ultimatum that next week when I'm in town he can either give me my guitar, four hundred dollars (what I would have gotten for it had I sold it), or I was going to sue him in small claims court for the cost of replacing the guitar and case. About $970+tax. He called me an a**hole and told me to go ahead and sue. I'm not sure if that's the right thing to do or not. I'm not friends with any of these guys, they kicked me out based on rumors wihout giving me a chance to defend myself, and then stole $1000 in gear from me. What do you guys think?