Friday, August 12, 2011

Thieves Steal Eight Guitars from Mitch Easter's Fidelitorium Recordings/Drive-In Studio

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)
* 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.
You can see more details on all of the missing guitars here.


Alexander said...

Today's thieves steal anything. Simply no way to stop them.

Anonymous said...

To the thieves:
a good and music loving person gives these stolen items back to a person who is responsible for some of the best american music ever played and recorded.