“When it got stolen, he said he felt as if he had lost a part of himself”: Guitarist reunited with his vintage Gibson Les Paul, 27 years after it disappeared

Guitarist reunited with his Gibson Les Paul
(Image credit: elisethalman/TikTok)

In one of the more heartwarming guitar stories of the year so far, a budding guitarist has finally been reunited with his beloved Gibson Les Paul, after it had been stolen from him almost three decades ago.

The tale was first told on TikTok earlier this month, when a video posted by user ‘elisethalman’ – one of the daughters of the guitarist in question, who helped track down the missing electric guitar – documented the moment the vintage 1981 Les Paul Custom was reunited with its rightful owner.


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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.