WHITELAND, Indiana — It’s a sour note for some guitar players.
Guitar maker Gibson says nearly $100,000 worth of custom Les Paul guitars disappeared from a truck at a rest stop in Indiana.
The company says a pallet holding 13 brand new Gibson Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitars was the only thing that was taken from the Sweetwater Music truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, Indiana.
“Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, this ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop,” says Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich. “Totaling close to $95,000 in guitars, we feel this person knew exactly what to look for and when.”
The axes, named for the guitarist for the prog-metal band Tool, were on their way to the Fort Wayne, Indiana headquarters of Sweetwater Sound, where they were to be delivered to the 13 customers who had custom-ordered them.
“These guitars were the dream guitars of 13 Gibson and Adam Jones fans, who had been patiently waiting for them to be delivered,” says Gibson’s Cesar Gueikian.
Anyone with information regarding the guitars should contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at KPolley@whitelandpd.us or (317) 535-8100.
Last week, Gibson and Jones launched a multi-year partnership and collaboration to produce a limited edition of 79 guitars modeled after his 1979 Silverburst Les Paul. Gibson said that upon release, all of the guitars immediately sold out worldwide.
An additional 179 Adam Jones Les Paul Custom guitars featuring silkscreen artwork on the back of the headstock and a custom hardshell case was also released.