A signature Gibson Les Paul
, belonging to Zakk Wylde
, has been stolen.
As the Chicago Tribune
notes, the instrument, worth $10,000, was lifted from Wylde's tour bus outside the Chicago Theatre on Friday (March 14th).
Wylde was in Chicago as part of the Experience Hendrix Tour
alongside Buddy Guy
and Jonny Lang
. The guitarist reportedly left the guitar in his tour bus after his set and went back inside to watch the rest of the show. When he returned to the bus to pick up his leather vest at around 11:30 PM, he noticed that the vest - and guitar - were no longer inside.
The theatre's surveillance footage revealed that three men entered the bus at 10:11 PM, shortly after Wylde's tour manager failed to lock the bus door while stocking it with food and ice. Speaking of the incident, Wylde says, "I had my guitar in the tour bus because this is the home."
He also notes that his veteran tour manager feels "beyond horrendous (and) beyond embarrassed."
The guitar is one of two aged Pelham Blue Les Paul
guitars bearing the guitarist's signature bulls-eye pattern and it was custom-made about four years ago. He took to Twitter
, asking fans to be on the lookout for the instrument.