Guitar missing? You're not alone. New survey reveals 1 in 4 UK musicians have had gear stolen

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You don't have to look too far back in Guitar World’s news archives to find multiple examples of high-profile gear theft, yet you might be surprised just how common it is among musicians. A recent survey of UK players has revealed that almost 1 in 4 have previously had their instrument stolen.

The report from specialist insurer Allianz Musical Insurance interviewed 1000 musicians, including a mix of guitarists, pianists and drummers around a range of topics. The report revealed a number of insights, but by far the most notable is that a shocking 24 percent of respondents reported having been a victim of theft.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.