NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page

This is the Northern California Bluegrass Society's national infomation page for stolen and missing musical instruments. This page can be used to announce the theft or other loss of musical instruments, updates on subsequent investigations, and news about the recovery of instruments. The forum is HTML-enabled, so that links may be added to other websites that contain pictures and other detailed information about the instruments. The NCBS does not warrant the accuracy of any information posted. Contact the source for details. Good luck to all!

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stolen 1930s Gibson L-37 archtop

FON 1198-6 or 1198B-6 (hard to see)
Portland Police case #2016-900618

Small archtop guitar with narrow f-holes. Tobacco burst, elevated fake-tortoise pickguard, inlaid shell dots on fingerboard, adjustable bridge, and nickel plated trapeze tailpiece. Guitar was in a newer black rigid-foam TRIC brand case with backpack straps.

I have the original invoice from when I bought it, and a written appraisal from Gruhn. Photo on request.

Re: stolen 1930s Gibson L-37 archtop

Hello Martha Jackson,

I have seen your Craigslists ad in San Diego and Los Angeles listings but not in a while. Remembered your guitar, googled "stolen gibson archtop." which led me hear and wanted to send this eBay link as it looked familiar:

Goodluck and hope you eventually get your instrument returned. If so, please send an update to Craigslist in San Diego or LA.


Re: stolen 1930s Gibson L-37 archtop

Many thanks, but my guitar has no back burst, and the top burst is smaller.