Is that a guitar in your pants or…? Moment man steals $8,000 Les Paul Standard by shoving it down his sweatpants
- York Police in Ontario, Canada, are looking for two men who allegedly stole the Gibson 60th Anniversary ’59 Les Paul guitar from Cosmo Music on December 30
- One of the men shoved the guitar into his sweatpants and jacket before taking off with another man in a vehicle
- The police are asking for the public’s assistance to help find the thieves
- The 60th Anniversary guitar retails for around $8,000 and is nearly a complete replica of the ’59 guitar, which was dubbed the ‘holy grail’
- Les Paul guitars have been played by many famous musicians, including Jimmy Page and Slash, and the ‘solidbody’ guitar redefine rock n’ roll
Ontario police are looking for two men accused of stealing an $8,000 guitar after one of them was seen shoving it down his pants.
The York Regional Police are looking for two suspects who stole a Gibson 60th Anniversary ’59 Les Paul Standard electric guitar – which retails for around $8,000 – from Cosmo Music store off Leslie Road on December 30.
Security footage shows a man, believed to be in his 20s and wearing a Toronto Maple Leafs hat, strumming a guitar on a stool in the store before shoving an instrument down his baggy, gray sweatpants in front of three other people.
Sticking the neck down first, he can be seen on video putting the neck of the guitar down his pants and the body of the instrument under his black coat before calmly picking up a nearby acoustic guitar to fiddle with.
He then fled the store with another man, who had his hair tied up and was wearing a black mask and sunglasses, who drove away, authorities said.
York Police in Ontario are searching for two men who allegedly stole a $8,000 guitar from Cosmo Music store office Leslie Road in Richmond Hill. One of the men (pictured) shoved the Gibson 60th Anniversary ’59 Les Paul Standard electric guitar down his baggy, gray sweatpants
He can be seen in video footage putting the neck of the instrument down his pants in front of three other people before concealing the body of the guitar under his coat
He then drove off with another man (pictured) wearing a black mask and sunglasses
Police are now asking for the public’s help in identifying the thieves and the investigation is ongoing.
Gibson Les Paul guitars are notoriously high quality and expensive. The ’59 Les Paul is one of the most sought-after guitars and the 60th Anniversary edition – which is nearly a replica of the original – was released in 2019.
The Les Paul was a revolutionary instrument for its namesake owner and future rock n’ roll music. Paul said he wanted a ‘guitar that sustained and that reproduced the sound of the strings with nothing added.’
‘No distortion, no change in the response from what the string was doing,’ Paul told Guitar.com’s Tony Bacon. ‘I wanted the string to do its thing. I wanted to make sure it just gave you the string as the string was excited: you plucked the string, and that’s what you got.’
The pair stole the expensive instrument from Cosmo Music (pictured) on December 30
The Gibson 60th Anniversary ’59 Les Paul Guitar
The Les Paul guitars are considered ‘Holy Grails’ by famous rock n’ rollers and the 60th Anniversary edition (pictured) is nearly a complete replica of the ’59 edition
Les Paul (pictured) approached Gibson about making the guitar in 1941 and said they ‘laughed at the idea’ and called him a ‘kid with a broomstick.’ Paul said he wanted a guitar that let ‘the string to do its thing’ and had ‘no distortion,’ alas the solidbody was born
Paul approached Gibson in 1941 and said they ‘laughed at the idea’ and called him a ‘kid with a broomstick.’
What he dubbed the ‘log’ would eventually become known as the ‘solidbody’ guitar.
Paul’s guitar model would go on to be used by famous musicians, including Jimmy Page, Slash, Billy Gibbons and more.
It would become a bestseller, competing with Fender’s Telecaster and Broadcaster guitars, and it redefined rock n’ roll.
The ’59 model was considered the ‘Holy Grail,’ according to Guitars.com and the 60th anniversary edition is almost the exact same model as the original with a few modern updates.
Les Paul guitars can run up from a few hundred to several thousand dollars in price.