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!

NCBS Stolen & Missing Instrument Information Page
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A Note About How This Service Works

Up to now as a start-up, I have made all the posts on this information page. In the future, we hope people who have suffered the theft or loss of a musical instrument will instantly post the details and contact information themselves. This will allow music stores and others to immediately research questionable transactions online, thereby blocking these sales and catching the thieves.

In fact, what we really hope is that this service will make the theft of musical instruments a completely useless and futile crime!


After a few months have passed, posts about recovered instruments will be deleted to speed the research process.


Thanks for everyone's help!

Nine Stolen Instruments (Nwbluegrass Yahoogroup Database)

This is a great idea for a national stolen instrument list. I moderate a yahoogroup called Nwbluegrass, and we have a database which currently includes 9 stolen instruments that have been posted on our list during the last couple years. The info below includes:
Type, Model, Year, Serial Number (if known), Remarks/Description, Contact Info, and Date/Place Stolen. Please be on the lookout for these. Thanks. Joe Ross

Banjo, Washburn B-9
Pic of John Denver on Head; Deering soft case Chris Donahue OR Bill Martin
5/19/03 Portland

Banjo GTR (made in Japan) ca. 1975
Rosewood fingerboard, hearts/flowers inlays, head signed by Bill Monroe inside resonator 12/75, hard case w/ stickers (mickey mouse and "Virginia is for lovers")
Aki 206-369-5012 OR Gary Phelps 360-273-9336
2/22/03? Tacoma

Banjo, Gibson Mastertone 1934
White Calton case;
Richard Messier 775-833-1116
9/2/02 Red Rocks, NV.

Banjo, Stelling Allen Munde Signature Series
silver Mark Leaf case S/n 5079, green interior color
Richard Messier 775-833-1116,
250 Village Blvd., Ste 100,
Incline Village, NV 89451
9/2/02 Red Rocks, Nv.

Banjo, Prucha Bat, Custom 2001
maple and nickel; white Calton hard shell case; inside resonator signed by Bela Fleck & Earl Scruggs
Jen and Monte Thompson, 604-898-1701, 604-788-1499,
5/10/02, Granville Island, BC

Dobro, Tut Taylor Model: Tennessean
2000 (brand new)
Pristine, Brownish red finish, Elaborate inlays, black hardshell case with strap
Dennis Caplinger, 760-726-9304 or 760-805-3586 OR Sandy Beesley 760-726-8380
4/6-17/01, Vista, CA

Guitar, Taylor Model 410
Mahogany, Fishman Matrix Pickup System, brown Taylor hardshell case Dennis Caplinger, 760-726-9304
or 760-805-3586 OR Sandy Beesley 760-726-8380
4/6-17/01, Vista, CA

Resophonic guitar Beard
Dark blue w/ black hardware (coverplate,tailpiece,screens,tuners) or 518-899-6902
7/02, Buffalo, NY

Resophonic guitar, American Guitar Co., Weisenborn copy
Natural mahogany color, Waverly style tuners, fretwire bridge saddle, replaced with bone. Under saddle pickup. Also a MacIntyre wired in stereo. Scratches, worn area in the "Willie Nelson spot" from fingerpicks. or 518-899-6902
7/02, Buffalo, NY

Re: Nine Stolen Instruments (Nwbluegrass Yahoogroup Database)

Thanks, Joe! We will keep a lookout.

Re: Nine Stolen Instruments (Nwbluegrass Yahoogroup Database)

The instruments listed in this e-mail have been separately-listed in individual postings, so that each instrument is IDed in a headline.