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Guess who got his guitar back after 45 years?

Randy Bachman can hardly believe his luck…

Canadian rock legend receives beloved instrument from Japanese musician decades after it was swiped in Toronto.

Randy Bachman has performed many times on Canada Day, but the event he played this year is like no other.

The former member of the Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive flew to Japan to reclaim a guitar that he’s been hunting for decades.

“I’m really happy. I’m getting my lost Gretsch guitar back,” the 78-year-old rocker told CBC News in a meeting room inside the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo.

The guitar is a 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins, in orange, which he bought from a Winnipeg music store when he was 19 years old.

Forty-five years after it was stolen in Toronto, it’s back in his arms, and he can hardly believe it.

“If you never want to forget your anniversary, you get married on your birthday. You never forget your wedding anniversary. I’ll never forget this day,” said Bachman.

The Gretsch was his first big purchase as a young adult, and he played it on the recordings of iconic tracks like Takin’ Care of Business, American Woman, These Eyes and Undun. But when his band BTO came to Toronto in 1977, it was left in a locked hotel room, where it was somehow snatched.

“It was just terrible,” Bachman said in an interview in 2021. “I cried for literally all night…. I loved this guitar so much.”

Bachman launched his own search, which lasted decades and turned up nothing.

Japanese media reports suggest the Gretsch was eventually taken across the U.S. border, where it was sold to a guitar trader from Japan. The reports say Takeshi, a musician who writes for Japanese pop bands, purchased it in 2014 from a Tokyo guitar shop, without knowing its history.

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It was stolen Saturday, October 8th, 2022, while camping at a music festival in Pittsboro, NC. Keeping it in a tent was risky. but, festival campfire jams over years are part of the magic.

The Chatham police have been notified, and I will file a report this Saturday.
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Acoustic Guitar
The guitar is a mini black Martin&Co (and soft case), purchased around 2005. I also had this same guitar repaired at Carrboro Music Loft, NC some years later. There's a small nick/hole at the lower bout curve of the guitar, where I've had it repaired. Also had a rainbow strap, and stickers on the back and the head.

Case: Original soft case, zip-up case. I had stitched four patches, one rectangular Spain flag at the top of neck, two circulars, and one banana-shaped patch.
Really hoping to find and get/buy my guitar back!

Greatly appreciated,
Kristen Viera
Martin & Co
Little Martin (LX)
around 2005
Very Good
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Kristen Viera
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