Randy Bachman Recovers Treasured Guitar After It Was Stolen 45 Years Ago

by Joe Rutland
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Rock guitarist Randy Bachman of “Bachman-Turner Overdrive” fame recovered a treasured guitar after it was stolen years ago.

Well, it was 45 years ago to be exact, Outsiders.

Let’s take a look at the story behind this sweet reunion.

According to a story from CNN, the Canadian rocker Bachman had used the 1957 Gretsch 6120 Chet Atkins guitar to write songs like “Takin’ Care of Business” and “American Woman.” Well, the guitar was stolen from a Toronto hotel in 1976.

Bachman, who also achieved fame as a member of The Guess Who, told CNN, “Part of me was lost.”

Randy Bachman Worked Number of Different Jobs To Save Up For Guitar

This happened to be one of his first big expenditures for a guitar.

“So I have a paper route where you make, like, two bucks a week delivering the paper,” Bachman said. He mentioned having jobs like mowing a lawn, babysitting, working at a car wash. These would bring him between 50 cents to $1 an hour.

“This is way, way back,” Bachman, 78, said. “So to save the 400 bucks was a big, big, big deal.”

William Long, a fan of Bachman’s work, came across a video of Randy Bachman’s podcast after listening to some The Guess Who songs on YouTube. Bachman shared the story about his guitar on there. Well, Long decided to get in on the search.

“My wife does jigsaw puzzles on the internet,” Long said, “and I thought, ‘I prefer to do real-life puzzles.'”

Fan of Guitarist’s Work Discovers Long-Lost Instrument Is With Japanese Musician

How did this happen?

First, after seeing hundreds of images of the Gretsch guitar, Long found it at a Tokyo vintage guitar shop, which had sold it. Second, Long found a video of a Japanese musician playing Christmas songs on it. Third, he sends Bachman that video.

“You can clearly see (that) all the grain and the marks and the fading on the guitar matches 100%,” Long said.

Similarly, upon seeing the video, Bachman is quite happy.

“I see the guy playing my guitar, MY guitar, I can tell by the grain on it and I’m stunned,” Bachman said. “It’s like somebody hit me in the face with a shovel. It’s just unbelievable because I’ve been searching for this forever and basically gave up on it.”

However, the rock guitarist said KoKo, his daughter-in-law, KoKo, is from Japan. She arranged a Zoom call with the Japanese musician and translated the meeting.

After that, Takesi, the musician, asked for an equal match of the Gretsch guitary.

Bachman found another one and they’ll trade once they can meet face-to-face.

In conclusion, Outsiders, Bachman discovered that there really is “No Time” like the present for his prized guitar.

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