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People that steal other people's gear suck...

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by chrisp2u, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. chrisp2u


    Aug 15, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I can't imagine (outside of health) that there is much worse as a musician than having your stuff stolen while on tour. Particularly if the stuff is very unique/rare and essential to your music.

    Case in point, I just saw that the guys from El Ten Eleven had their van broken into and stuff stolen. I actually just posted about it in the Lost or Stolen forum (http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f72/kristian-dunn-el-ten-elevens-gear-stolen-970803/). TB actually played an instrumental (no pun intended) part in finding Kristian's Wal last int was stolen in '10.

    Fortunately, I've never had to deal with anything major (ie. basses, or amps, effects, etc) being stolen... just more minor stuff. But, I feel for anyone that has been ripped off like that... it has to suck hard. Like a piece of you is missing. I think I'd go bananas if someone ripped off any of my basses.

  2. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    In 40 years of playing I've lost one amplifier, 1 electrical gear bag, and 1 instrument equipment bag to thieves. And in each case the thieves were stage hands. Go figure.
    The people you depend on to help with the show end up stealing gear from you. Scumbags.
    After those experiences no one touches my gear but me.

    Here's to Clarion coverage!
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I wish you could remote detonate
  4. AuntieBeeb


    Dec 12, 2010
    Fortunately the worst I've had is a guy make off with one of my cables. Still annoying, mind.

    Don't know whether it's true, but I did recently hear a story about the Sex Pistols acquiring their gear by stealing David Bowie's van from outside a venue...
  5. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    Not to excuse the thieves, who I think should be publicly whipped with a rusty patch cord, but why would you leave guitars and pedal boards in a van?
  6. No one has ever stolen anything from me, because they know I'll go on a killing spree. The only good thief is a dead thief.
  7. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    been fortunate, but i don't want to jinx myself with all the drug addicts and hopeless drunks looking to make a score in LA
  8. Tmw2011


    Feb 23, 2011
    Edmond, OK
    Stu Hamm had posted this morning on his FB page that he had a bunch of stuff stolen from his garage -

    Yeah, thieves are the suck.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    :) Crack heads are fast and strong they should all be in the military.
  10. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    I had a dumb*** steal a snare case one time. I think they thought the drum was actually in it and must have been pissed when they found out it was empty cause I found it pitched in the yard of a house that was up the street from the club we had played in as we were leaving.

    And I agree...the only good thief is a dead one...
  11. superheavyfunk


    Mar 11, 2013
    The worst is when it's another band that tries to steal your stuff. I once played a gig where the opening band tried to make of with my guitarists vintage fender musicmaster. We caught them trying to load it into their van.

  12. Yeah thief’s suck eggs. I highly recommend everyone keeps serial numbers and pictures showing distinguishing marking and etc of all their equipment because without it, it could be very hard if not imposable to locate or retrieve stolen items - and having insurance helps too.
  13. gustobassman

    gustobassman I'm only here for the after party.. Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2011
    Sandy Eggo
    My house was burglarized Jan 18th. 3 basses, my new TH500, all my cables & pedals.. etc.. Anything of value my lady owned... grrrrrr :spit:
  14. pbass2


    Jan 25, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I got mugged once by two guys while walking down a street at dusk in San Francisco---stole my bass I had in a gig bag. It actually turned up at a pawn shop a few days later and I got it back(I filed a police report, etc). Funny thing was I had been trying to sell that bass 'cause I totally hated it (a bizarre early and failed attempt by BC Rich to make a five-string).
    The sucky part was I was leaving on a tour the following week and had to play with a splint on my right hand for the first half of the dates--they jammed me up when they jumped me, the scoundrels!
  15. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    This is why I don't use expensive gear...if it's expensive, then it's HEAVY and VERY customized...i.e. - Traynor YBA200 w/ replaced tubes and my Kasino 2x15s with no logo, tons of tolex rips, and replaced speakers fitted with a crappy wiring job lol. It's a shame that we live in times like that, but customizing your gear helps a LOT to identify it easily if it's being lifted or carried around. Having friends in the crowd or around the venue helps to keep an eye out for thieves.
  16. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    bad economy and dwindling morals in society doesnt help either. Criminality is a widespread problem unfortunately. Being vigilant and aware of a dangerous environment behooves us all.
  17. CTC564

    CTC564 Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2011
    Toms River,NJ
    Lost a small pa to some "friends" some 20+ years ago

    While in the process of a nasty divorce my 97 Lakland 55-94 was stolen (probably by my son in law)

    Losing that Lakland was brutal and still hurts...
  18. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Banned SUSPENDED

    Sucks to have gear stolen, but my wife and I had our mopeds (our only mode of transportation) stolen right out of our backyard a couple of months ago. Then, someone actually tried to break into our house (they managed to get a window shimmied open)... luckily, they got freaked out when they heard me in the other part of the house and ran.

    Needless to say, we now have a security system in our house.
  19. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods!

    Even famous people are not immune. Just got a FB Post from John 5 (Rob Zombie/Marilyn Manson Guitarist) who just got his stuff ripped from his house..... :-(
  20. I had a 72 all maple jazz stolen from my truck outside a friends house, 20 years and it still hurts... My house was burglarized a few years back, they got my hartke 3500, 4x10 XL, peavey fretless B-quad 5, and all my wifes jewelry, may they rot in hell.....

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