Police searching for man who stole a $3,000 Gretsch electric guitar by swapping it for a broken acoustic

Limited Edition Gretsch stolen in Nashville
(Image credit: Nashville New & Used Music / Gretsch)

Metro Nashville Police is investigating after a man swapped a broken acoustic guitar for a $3,000 limited-edition Gretsch.

CCTV footage has captured a man walking into Nashville New & Used Music with a gigbag on his back, containing a broken acoustic guitar. After asking to speak to the store's guitar tech, who was on their lunch break, he said he'd browse whilst he waited. He then swapped out the instrument for the high-value Gretsch before walking out.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.