|Junior Brown & Tanya Rae |
playing their missing instruments
Country guitar-playing legend Junior Brown’s legendary “guit-steel” guitar was burglarized from a vehicle parked at a hotel in North Attleboro, Massachusetts near Providence, Rhode Island on October 6th.
|Martin Shenandoah D-2832|
The two were in the area visiting relatives at the time. “We usually bring [the guitars] into the hotels, and we’ve been a little careless lately, and that’s what happens when you’re careless,” Junior told Saving Country Music by phone Monday night.
“They broke a window and got into our rental vehicle, took my guit-steel and Tanya’s guitar.”
|Junior Brown with Big Red|
There are only two of Junior’s primary guit-steel guitars in existence. The first and original guit-steel called “Old Yeller” has been on display at the Museum of Design in Atlanta recently as part of a guitar exhibit.
|Junior Brown playing Big Red|
The North Attleboro Police Department has been contacted and have been looking for the instrument.
Due to it’s unique design, it should be hard to unload on the black market.
Junior is concerned that once the thieves determine this, they may throw it in a river or destroy it. The guitar neck and single coil pickups were taken off of a 1980’s Fender Bullet with a Telecaster shaped headstock. The 8 string steel portion has a single coil pickup and a Sho-Bud steel guitar pickup. The body is unique. Due to the instrument’s weight Junior plays it on a stand.
He is offering a $3000 reward for its return. Miss Tanya Rae's Martin Shenandoah dreadnought shaped guitar was also stolen during the burglary.
This instrument actually belongs to Brown’s agent, Bobby Crudd. In the meantime Junior is having an new instrument made.
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