Legendary guitarist Zakk Wylde is set to be reunited with a guitar that was stolen from his tour bus in March.
The Black Label Society frontman, and former Ozzy Osbourne and Pride & Glory axe-slinger, was the victim of theft for the first time in his music career when an opportunist thief took the guitar from Wylde’s unlocked tour bus. The pelham Blue Gibson LP custom that was taken was valued at $10,000.
It’s been recovered, however, after a Chicago pawn shop owner paid $50 for the guitar, then began to suspect that it might be worth an awful lot more.
Shop owner Randy Cohen, who also owns the store featured in reality TV show Hardcore Pawn: Chicago, says his staff were aware of the standard theft notice that had been circulated after the crime took place.
But he tells the Chicago Tribune: “I forgot about it – that happens every day.”
The guitar was very quickly identified after Cohen took it to a local music store to be checked out. It was then handed over to Chicago police, along with details of the seller.
Wylde had previously said of the theft: “Nothing gets stolen off tour buses – unless you don’t lock them. Rule number one: when you get off, lock the door and check the handle.”