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Guthrie Govan Band's Gear Stolen in Rome

Over $20,000 of gear is missing.

Rome, Italy (December 21, 2011) -- We've received word that Guthrie Govan and his band have had their gear stolen during a European tour stop in Rome. Govan is asking for any help recovering the instruments. Here's what the guitarist had to say on his blog:

An appeal for your help, after a recent van break-in in Rome :-(

The following isn't exactly a fun read, but it would be hugely appreciated if y'all could have a quick look through the following: we need your help!

I've just finished a tour of Italy with Dave Kilminster, Seth Govan and Pete Riley. Unfortunately, someone broke into our tour van in Rome, during the afternoon of Dec 17th, and stole pretty much the entire contents.

This sucks on a number of levels: not only did the theft make it very difficult for us to play the remainder of the shows we had booked on our Italian tour, but also we're now faced with the prospect of having to find some way of replacing a lot of equipment - both rental gear and personal stuff.

Some of the stolen gear - particularly Seth's Warwick bass, which he's played almost exclusively for the last 22 years or so - also has considerable sentimental value, as you can doubtless imagine.

The Italian police didn't seem to think there was anything they could do about this situation, so... we're reaching out to you, the denizens of the internet, in the hope that maybe someone out there can help us to retrieve at least something.

Please have at least a quick look through the following list, and report any suspicious sightings: our only real hope of recovering this stuff lies in the fact that some of it is fairly distinctive/unusual, so in theory it should be hard to sell and easy to spot, if you know what to look for...

If you can think of any website or forum where it might be helpful to post this stuff, please, please copy/paste the following as you see fit!

(NB - although the theft took place in Italy, it seems feasible that the people responsible might instinctively head for the border of some nearby country and try to sell our gear there...?)

Anyhow... here's a list of what was taken. I've left out the various cables/power supplies etc, but needless to say we lost a lot of that stuff, too...


  • 1989 Warwick Streamer bass, natural finish. - (Distinguishing features: smaller replacement Schaller tuners; screw for lower strap button replaced with a Philips style screw; thumb-sized indentation above the "P-Bass" pickup; long dark stripe/imperfection in the wood on the back of the bass, above the through-neck; small knot in the wood near the top of the inside upper horn...)
  • SWR SM900 head, serial # 4400106010
  • SWR Goliath 4x10 speaker cabinet (4 Ohm) serial # 4410500410
  • Boss OC-2 octave pedal, Boss TU-2 tuner, Boss power supply, various cables.


  • 1x left-handed Drum Workshop DW 5000 double kick drum pedal.


  • 2x Brunetti Mercury heads, serial numbers ME10550 and ME10650 (in flight cases);
  • 2x Brunetti 4x12 cabinets (in flight cases).
  • DK's pedals:
    Boss Chorus Ensemble
    Boss TU-2 tuner
    Boss digital reverb
    Xotic Effects EP Booster
    Suhr Riot distortion
    Dunlop "Van Halen" signature wah
    Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal.
  • GG's pedals:
    (mounted in a distinctively crappy-looking "tea tray" pedalboard):
    Xotic Effects EP Booster
    RetroSonic Vintage Vibes chorus
    TC Electronic Flashback delay
    TC Electronic PolyTune tuner
    Guyatone WR-3 envelope filter
    Dunlop "Jerry Cantrell" signature wah
    Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal.


  • 1x unique bag with the emblem "Roger Waters - The Wall"
  • Various camcorder tapes containing yet-to-be-edited footage from a professionally filmed 3-camera shoot - for what was intended to be a live DVD of a gig we played at Lapsus, Torino :-(

Well... profuse thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help us out with any of this!

GG (and the band)

For more information:
Guthrie's Blog