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Randy Bachman: Reunited with His Gretsch Guitar After 45 Years

Posted on the 02 July 2022 by Hctf @hctf
Randy Bachman: reunited with his Gretsch guitar after 45 years

In 1977 Randy Bachman's Gretsch guitar was stolen from his hotel room in Toronto. Canadian fan William Long tracked it down for him. He found a YouTube video by Japanese musician Takeshi playing the instrument. He agreed to give it back to Bachman, in exchange for a similar guitar. The handover took place at the Canadian embassy in Tokyo. From the AP News report:

Bachman searched and found the guitar’s “sister” — made during the same week, with a close serial number, no modifications and no repairs.
“To find my guitar again was a miracle, to find its twin sister was another miracle,” Bachman said.
TAKESHI said he decided to return the guitar because as a guitar player he could imagine how much Bachman missed it.
“I owned it and played it for only eight years and I’m extremely sad to return it now. But he has been feeling sad for 46 years, and it’s time for someone else to be sad,” TAKESHI said. “I felt sorry for this legend.”
He said he felt good after returning the guitar to its rightful owner, but it may take time for him to love his new Gretsch as much as that one.
“It’s a guitar, and it has a soul. So even if it has the same shape, I cannot say for sure if I can love a replacement the same way I loved this one,” he said. “There is no doubt Randy thought of me and searched hard (for the replacement), so I will gradually develop an affection for it, but it may take time.”
Bachman said he and TAKESHI are now like brothers who own guitars that are “twin sisters.” They are participating in a documentary about the guitar on which they plan to perform a song, “Lost and Found,” together.
They also performed several songs at Friday’s handover, including “American Woman.” Bachman said he will lock the guitar up in his home so he will never lose it again. “I am never ever going to take it out of my house again,” he said.

» randybachman.com


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