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erinmaidin Toronto:Stolen Guitar (43) Toronto:Stolen Guitar 28 Jul 04

The recent posting of stolen instruments made me think it might be worthwhile to post this. I was told, last year, by a psychic that this guitar is still circulating and being played...which was some comfort knowing it hadn't been smashed or laying in the bottom of a lake somewhere.
Some years back...mid-90's..I had an Alvarez Classical Guitar stolen out of a van parked behind an Irish pub in Toronto. The glass was smashed by someone who obviously saw us load the gear. This guitar was given me by my parents when I was a teenager and I played it well into my life. Wrote songs on it...played lullabies for my babies..who are all grown now. It was a sweet instrument and matched my voice brilliantly.
It's dark wood grain on the sides and back with a red front. The usual braiding around the sound hole and down the center of the back.
An interesting "birthmark" was ..the top of the guitar...up near the tuners...the very top...had been pinched by being hung improperly by a clamp..I didn't do came to me that way.
Not being entirely up to speed on the genealogy of Alvarez instruments..I believe this guitar was made pre- Alvarez/Yairi days...(sp?).
Would love to hear from anyone in Toronto who may have seen this guitar out and thinking it was stolen by someone who often attends Irish trad sessions.

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