Thieves Steal Pallet Of Limited-Edition Gibson Guitars In Truck Stop Heist


An entire pallet of brand new limited-edition Gibson guitars was stolen at a truck stop in Indiana last Friday.

According to Gibson, the 13 Adam Jones 1979 Les Paul Custom Silverburst guitars were en route to Sweetwater Sound headquarters in Fort Wayne, IN, when they were stolen from the truck at the Flying J Travel Center in Whiteland, IN.

The Tool guitarist's signature models had already been purchased and were due for inspection before being shipped to their new owners.

"Somehow out of a truck full of guitars, the ONE pallet was singled out and stolen at a truck stop," said Sweetwater Chief Supply Chain and Merchandising Officer Phil Rich in a news release. "Totaling close to $95,000, we feel this person/s knew exactly what to look for and when."

Anyone who may have information about the theft is asked to contact Detective Kenny Polley of the Whiteland Police Department at KPolley@whitelandpd.us or (317) 535-8100.

"These guitars were the dream guitars of 13 Gibson and Adam Jones fans, who had been patiently waiting for them to be delivered," said Gibson CMO Cesar Gueikian. "We have decided to publish the serial numbers of the 13 stolen guitars and are appealing to all of Gibson's fans to keep an eye out for them and let us know if they surface. Our fans should ask any third-party sellers for a serial number before purchasing to be sure they are not being sold one of the stolen guitars."

The haul included nine of the recreated 1979 Silverburst Les Paul Customs (valued at $5,999 each) and four of the more limited models which are aged to replicate Adam's personal favorite guitar (valued at $9,999).

The collaboration between Jones and Gibson was officially launched on October 27. Jones even animated a short film, "The Witness," to celebrate the partnership. The film includes a score by Jones and his Tool bandmates Danny Carey and Justin Chancellor. You can watch it above.

All of the limited-edition guitars sold out immediately upon their release.

Photo: Gibson