Published Aug 27, 2015Musically speaking, folk-rock songwriter Kathleen Edwards has maintained a fairly low profile as of late, as she has channelled most of her efforts into running a café called Quitters in the Ottawa suburb of Stittsville. That being said, she will make an appearance at Dundas, ON's Greenbelt Harvest Picnic this weekend. When she shows up at the festival, though, she won't have her 1957 Les Paul Junior guitar with her, since it has been stolen from her home.
In an angry tweet — followed by a more detailed Facebook message — Edwards revealed that the sunburst-coloured Gibson guitar had been stolen from her Stittsville house. Apparently the backdoor was unlocked, and someone walked in and nabbed the axe.
She warned the thief, whoever he or she may be, that the guitar is bound to attract attention if it's sold or played publicly. She has many photos of the instrument and has documented the serial number; if the thief gets caught trying to flip the guitar, charges will be pressed. That being said, she will accept the return of the guitar with "no questions asked."
Read Edwards' messages below. That's a photo of the guitar above.
This one hurts. Bad.
My 1957 Les Paul junior was stolen from my home in Stittsville, Ontario. I can only guess that someone came in through the back door when it was unlocked, picked it up, without a case, and walked out.
I am hoping that this post will circulate in the Ottawa area and come across the person responsible, or someone who has noticed a friend or relative with a new instrument kicking around:
Be very VERY sure, a 1957 les Paul doesn't just get resold online, in a pawn shop, at a guitar store without gaining attention. You won't be able to play it in front of people. It will draw attention, someone will notice. People who buy and sell valuable instruments know exactly what they are, and when they are stolen.
You will be caught if you try and sell it. I have tons of images of it, and documented serial number. So you have no chance to sell it and make money. And worse, you will be charged for a significant theft, and linked to a break and enter.
If the guitar is returned, I can accept a "no questions asked" agreement. Whether that means the guitar is returned to my business, Quitters coffee, to my home, or through a mutual acquaintance. I can accept a foolish drunken teenage lapse of judgement, a momentary hiccup in your moral being.
I can promise you that the instrument will not make you money, it will not go unnoticed and you will at some point be caught.
Do the right thing.
And thanks for keeping your ear to the ground.
Just so you know, whoever you are that stole my 1957 les Paul junior out of my home, u are about to have you balls cut off.— Kathleen Edwards (@kittythefool) August 27, 2015