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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-14-2005, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
 
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what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back?

i was wandering what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back? i mean would the guitar company actually try and find it? or can they track u down base on the serial number it has on the head stock?
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Re: what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back?

if they do track the serial number.. does that mean a stolen guitar always remain stolen?
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Re: what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back?

Quote from the SNAGG site: "Today's recovery rate is at about 2% for stolen instruments."

Even if that's a low estimate, I'd still say generally not good unless you already know who has it. Some companies do use the SNAGG chips in their instruments (and you can buy your own chip and install it) but that only helps if the pawn shop/buyer/etc. has a scanner to scan the chip and the desire to be honest enough to do so... that's the part the site doesn't go out of it's way to advertise.
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Re: what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back?

Zakk Wylde recovered his stolen "Holy Grail" from a pawn shop , so I guess anything is possible.
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Re: what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back?

I'd say it's very very low, bordering on non-existent I'm afraid. I'm still looking for my first GMC (91 58 93 on the neckplate if it's still in one piece, - reward offered for its recovery!) That went about 8 years ago and I've not seen it. That's a fairly distinctive guitar I think everyone would agree!!!

I was actually put in touch with a police officer who was a keen guitarist and a very friendly chap, his thing was telecasters. Anyway, he said that basically if something gets stolen it'll most often get sold for £50 down the pub. After that it'll go under some kids bed and he'll not play it for 2 years, then he'll sell it at the time in the local paper, or probably nowadays, on ****.

I think, if you lost it from a burglary, claim on your house insurance and get something new but keep your eyes peeled in the local shops and on **** for a quick sale where the guy doesn't know what he's selling.

I know that losing a great guitar hurts like losing a girlfriend sometimes, but we all get over that too
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are there any insurance possiblities for renters? i've heard that renters insurance won't cover all of your possesions but only a fixed dollar amount. some have said they will only cover 1 guitar! i have over 20! what good would that do unless i claim the one guitar is worth over 25K?
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i would totally lose it if something happened to my guitars. they are what i have spent all my money and time building up over the years - my pride and joy outside of my family and kids. being stolen would be a real nightmare.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-19-2005, 10:26 AM
 
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Re: what are the chances of getting a stolen guitar back?

I know someone with a 1957 strat he's had since the late 60s. Some years later, he put a Floyd on it and it's beat to piss - as someone described it to me, it looks like he tied a rope around it and dragged it off the back of his car for the past 5 years. Someone stole it, sold it for $75, his friend came across the people selling it and bought it back for him because it was instantly recognizable.

There is hope!
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