Stolen Eddie Van Halen guitar valued at more than $100K returned to S.A.'s HRC

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November 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm Quote #57626

ron
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http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local/crime/article/Thief-steals-Eddie-Van-Halen-guitar-valued-at-12365181.php

Stolen Eddie Van Halen guitar valued at more than $100K returned to S.A.’s Hard Rock Cafe
By Caleb Downs, mySanAntonio.com
Updated 11:26 am, Friday, November 17, 2017

According to police, the thief walked into a side door of the Hard Rock Cafe in the 100 block of West Crockett Street sometime Thursday night and snagged the guitar.

Update at 11:17 a.m.: Officials with Hard Rock International said the stolen Eddie Van Halen guitar has been safely returned to the restaurant. They are now working with local authorities investigating the incident.

Original story: A thief walked into the Hard Rock Cafe in downtown San Antonio Friday morning, grabbed an iconic Eddie Van Halen guitar off the wall and then walked out.

Now, authorities are searching for the suspect and the prized guitar, which is valued at more than $100,000 and was signed and donated to the restaurant by Van Halen in 2004.

According to police, the thief walked into a side door of the Hard Rock Cafe in the 100 block of West Crockett Street sometime Thursday or early Friday morning and snagged the guitar.

According to San Antonio police, the thief walked into a side door of the Hard Rock Cafe on the River Walk sometime Thursday night, Nov. 16, and snagged the guitar.

Nobody in the restaurant witnessed the theft, police said. It wasn’t until 1 a.m. that an employee noticed the guitar was missing while closing up shop.

The guitar, known as the “Frankenstrat,” is one of several that Van Halen had custom built for him over the course of his career.


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November 17, 2017 at 3:56 pm Quote #57627

ron
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http://www.ksat.com/news/van-halen-guitar-valued-at-100-000-stolen-from-hard-rock-cafe

Stolen Van Halen guitar safely returned to Hard Rock Cafe
Employee noticed it gone from wall after closing
By Ben Spicer – Web Producer
Posted: 4:52 AM, November 17, 2017
Updated: 10:02 AM, November 17, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – UPDATE: The stolen Eddie Van Halen guitar valued at more than $100,000 was recovered and returned to the downtown Hard Rock Cafe, officials with the restaurant said Friday.

The San Antonio Police Department had been looking into the theft since 1 a.m. Friday.

At this time, it is unclear how the restaurant was able to re-acquire the artifact.

The stolen guitar, nicknamed “Frankenstrat”, was one of several made for Rolling Stone Magazine’s number eight on the list of 100 Greatest Guitarists.

This is a developing story. Stay with KSAT 12 both online and on-air for more information.

(Original Story)

An Eddie Van Halen guitar valued at more than $100,000 was stolen from the downtown Hard Rock Cafe overnight, Park Police said Friday.

The theft was reported just before 1 a.m.

According to police, somebody walked in a side door of the building located in the 100 block of East Crockett Street and grabbed the iconic red, white and black guitar off the wall and walked out.

An employee noticed the guitar missing from the wall after closing, police said.

The stolen guitar, nicknamed “Frankenstrat”, was one of several made for him over the years.

The San Antonio Police Department will be investigating the theft.

Eddie Van Halen is considered by many as one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music. Back in 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Van Halen number eight on a list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists.

Video: http://cdnapisec.kaltura.com/p/1636891/sp/163689100/embedIframeJs/uiconf_id/36216731/partner_id/1636891?iframeembed=true&playerId=media-preview_0_0_fl8sz1tb&entry_id=0_fl8sz1tb


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November 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm Quote #57628

ron
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http://www.kens5.com/news/local/van-halen-guitar-stolen-from-hard-rock-cafe/492608419

Van Halen guitar returned to Hard Rock Cafe by Good Samaritan
It’s worth around $100,000.
Marvin Hurst, KENS 11:16 AM. CST November 17, 2017

SAN ANTONIO – Eddie Van Halen’s prized guitar donated to the Hard Rock Cafe was returned to the restaurant by a Good Samaritan.

SAPD tells KENS 5 that early Friday morning someone reportedly walked into the hotel, took the guitar off the wall, and discarded it on the River Walk.

A Good Samaritan reportedly saw the guitar and brought it back to the restaurant.

Investigators said employees noticed the iconic instrument missing from the wall just before 1 a.m.

Police found a side door to the restaurant open but could not say if the thief was a customer or someone who slipped in for the caper.

The guitar is called the “Frankenstrat.” It is reportedly worth, at least, $100,000.

It is not clear if the restaurant had surveillance camera near the area where the guitar once hung on the wall.


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November 17, 2017 at 4:42 pm Quote #57629

Cut2TheCrash
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I tried to find what guitar was there and I couldnt find if it. Does anyone know if it was a Kramer or the replica ones ?


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November 17, 2017 at 4:50 pm Quote #57630

ron
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Cut2TheCrash: I tried to find what guitar was there and I couldnt find if it. Does anyone know if itwas a Kramer or the replica ones ?

Jump to the 25sec mark in the video.


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November 17, 2017 at 6:19 pm Quote #57631

Cut2TheCrash
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Thanks Ron sorry I didnt see the video link ,

The one pictured is not the “Frankenstrat” its a Charvel Art Series guitar . How did they arrive at $100,000 for the price , They have over 5 right now on Ebay with the highest starting at $15,000 that are concert played .


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November 18, 2017 at 5:28 pm Quote #57645

PT5150
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$100,000 sounds a bit over the top….


EDDIE’S fingers aren’t fingers they are muscle-powered pistons that hammer guitar strings to the fretboard with the force of a rivet gun”.


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