The Winston-Salem Journal reported today that thieves broke into Fidelitorium Recordings (long known as the Drive-In Studio), the great NC-recording studio of producer Mitch Easter last week. Eight mostly-vintage guitars were taken...and some beer. "For what, an after-crime party?" quipped Easter, "It was all kind of mysterious."
Easter said the guitars are insured but that their value goes beyond their monetary worth. One of the guitars, a 12-string Fender that Easter has had since age 12, was used by R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck during the recording of the records Murmur and Reckoning.
The full list includes:
* G&L L-2000 bass, natural, 1980-1 version (Fender headstock) (USA)You can see more details on all of the missing guitars here.
* Jerry Jones Longhorn Bass, aquaburst, ser. no. 046706 recent (USA)
* Fender pink paisley Stratocaster, 2004 (Japan)
* Fender rosewood-body Telecaster, rosewood fretboard, 2003 (Mexico)
* Fender Electric XII, Olympic White w/tortoise pick guard, 1966 (USA)
* Kay 6-string acoustic, 1962, rebuilt by Scott Baxendale, red sunburst (USA)
* Guild S-60, black, 1979 (USA)
* The eighth stolen guitar was not Easter's but owned by a member of a band that was recording there. It is also a Fender Telecaster.