Randy Bachman Reunited With His Stolen 1957 Gretsch Guitar in Tokyo

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In our recent interview with Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Bachman-Cummings), he told us the story of a prized guitar that was stolen from him during a stay at a Holiday Inn in Toronto in 1976.  He bought the orange Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins model from a Winnipeg Canada music store when he was just 19 years old, and wrote and performed many hit songs on it.

An online sleuth helped track down the guitar to Takeshi – a musician in Tokyo, and 45 years later, Bachman made arrangements to trade for it upon his next visit to Japan.

Well, that day finally came as Bachman headed to Tokyo, where he played a concert on July 1st – appropriately enough – “Canada Day.”  And at that concert the exchange with Takeshi was finally completed:

Photos: Marty Friedman

CBC News captured the exchange:

As Bachman explained in our interview:

“Well, the guitar was stolen from me in a Holiday Inn in Toronto in 1976. The guitar was particularly meaningful to me, as I got it at the age of 18 or 19 and wrote a lot of hits with [it]. Eventually, it turns out that Takeshi, [a musician in Tokyo], had the guitar and wanted to return it to me. I’ve offered to trade another 1957 Gretsch guitar to him in return for my lost Gretsch guitar. [Note: after learning the guitar was stolen, William Long from White Rock, B.C., used sleuthing skills to actually track down the guitar and Takeshi by inspecting online salient features of diverse orange Gretsch models].”

An emotional Bachman has already composed a song called “Lost and Found” inspired by this story, and a film is in the works documenting the guitar’s incredible journey.

Come read our recent Rock Cellar interview with Randy Bachman – HERE

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