Carl Barât reunites with highly prized Gibson Melody Maker as stolen guitars are recovered


The Libertines guitarist, Carl Barât, found two stolen guitars in May before rehearsing with his parallel group, Dirty Pretty Things.

The guitars, one of which is Barât’s ‘precious’ Gibson Melody Maker, were taken in East London’s Homerton area and ‘have unfathomable sentimental value’, the guitarist explained on social media at the time.

Barât noted that the police had been notified and asked fans to help spread the word. The message was later shared on The Libertines’ Twitter page.

And thankfully, the guitarist has recovered the stolen electric guitars, as seen in a new photo shared on his personal Twitter account.

“Happy to hold these guys again. Thank you to all my beloved net sleuth friends,” he wrote in the caption of the photo, hinting that the guitars were found thanks to his fans.

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The guitars were picked up just in time for the band’s performance at Glastonbury, apparently, as Barât could be seen playing his Gibson Melody Maker during the set.

And fans can expect to see Barât play the Melody Maker during The Libertines’ The support 20th Anniversary shows in the UK this summer.

Professional equipment is not cheap and remains a common target for thieves. Recent victims of gear theft include instrumental trio Russian Circles, psychedelic band The Brian Jonestown Massacre and punk rockers Mannequin Pussy, all of whom had gear worth five figures stolen in the past year.

And in a rather bizarre story from earlier this year, a man managed to get away with an $8,000 Custom Shop Gibson Les Paul from an Ontario music store by stuffing it in his pants.


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