Tom Petty had his heart broken last week when he discovered several vintage guitars had been stolen from the The Culver Studios soundstage in Culver City where he and the Heartbreakers had been rehersing ahead of their 2012 North America-Europe tour, scheduled to launch this Wednesday.
Among the missing guitars, Petty's signature Rickenbacker, which the LA Times credits with "defin[ing] the Heartbreakers' sound."
Model and serial numbers can be found here. Anyone with information is being asked to contact Culver City Police Detective Grant at (310) 253-6305, or email StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com.
UPDATE: Guitars recovered by police. One person under arrest.
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