5 vintage guitars stolen from band 54-40 recovered by police


Some of the guitars that were stolen from the band 54-40 have been located after officers raided an unknown address in Surrey.

New West Police shared the news via their Twitter account and a media release Sunday.

54-40 has offered a $5,000 reward to help retrieve the instruments.

On Friday October 5, 2018 the New Westminster Police received a report of a theft from a U-Haul that was parked in a lot in the 300 block of McBride Blvd. Items taken included seven vintage guitars belonging to the Canadian band 54-40, and were valued at approximately $50,000.

54-40’s Neil Osborne is seen playing a concert with a 1957 Fender Esquire during Canal Days in Port Colbourne, Ont., on August 3, 2018, in this handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Joe Naphin,

The band was in Vancouver to play a pair of shows at the Commodore Ballroom, both of which went on as planned, despite the missing instruments.

Band manager Eric Alper said the instruments are irreplaceable and hold great value to band members beyond their monetary worth.

Still missing are:

• A Gibson SJ200 acoustic guitar serial #877023 with aftermarket Fishman sound hole pickup. Finish checking. Poly acoustic case.

• A Gibson Dove acoustic guitar with aftermarket LR Baggs sound hole pickup. Poly acoustic case.

With files from Theresa McManus and Cindy E. Harnett.