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wistephens
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:21 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

All,

I saw a User Review on a Carvin TL60T that really sounds familiar...

Antique Yellow
Maple Neck through and Alder sides
Ebony Fingerboard
3 Ap-11 pickups in Strat configuration
5 way switch
Tweed case
Microchip in neck.

http://flickr.com/photos/95551154@N00/3161117420/

My TL was stolen 8/23/2007. It was a 10th Anniversary gift from my wife.

Does anyone know the user "Chowhound"? I'm attempting to get HC to foreward an email but I'm not very hopeful.

Thanks,
Bill Stephens


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:33 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Have you seen a pic? That mark to the lower right of the controls is pretty distinctive.

(I know how you feel right now, btw, I recovered my stolen DC127T after 7 years, from an eBay auction.)

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 4:53 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

well, It could be it. You could see if they post on the forum and contact them there. However, I'm pretty sure that people do not have to supply contact information to post a review on Harmony Central, so you may be looking at a dead end.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 6:51 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

I googled "username ChowHound" and this is what I came up with: But this in no way makes it the guy you are looking for.

About Chowhound
Location
Long Beach, Ca
Interests
cooking,movies,music,travel,technology
Occupation
Controls Engineer
Sex
Male
Marital/Relationship status
In a relationship
Favorite Music
Franka Sinatra to Metallica to George Strait
Favorite Books
Charles Bukowski stuff, among others
Favorite Movies
Big Lebowski, Barfly, Big Night
Favorite TV Shows
Family Guy,Monk, Food Network
Name
Sam
Heritage
Irish
Ethnicity
White
Children
none
Weight
none-ya(not as fat as you'd think with a name like Chowhound)
Body type
Human
Hair color
Brown and still have it
Eye color
Brown
Heroes
Stand up comics, good cooks
Sexual orientation
Hetro
Religion/Worldview
Searching...
Pets
Mr. G, an old and cantankerous cat
Any additonal information
BTW, did I tell you I like to eat

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 8:17 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

bossboy2,

Oddly enough, I have an account on that other forum as well... PM is under way.

Fingers crossed!

Bill
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2009 6:07 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

This is incredible. I hope it leads you to your TL60.

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All,

I got the call at 3:40PM today... MY guitar was in the back of a sheriff cruiser. The person who bought it finally relented and had the guitar scanned at a veterinarian's office. After 22 months my guitar is on its way home! Very Happy

I'll still have to wait. I've got to pay back the insurance company and let the sheriff use it as evidence in any prosecution of the person who stole it. God knows how long that will take.

I'm thrilled!

Bill S.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 5:33 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

awesome!
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Freakin' fantastic!!! Yeah!
So, tell us how, where, why...you know we need the details.

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So the guitar was stolen in August 2007 about 30 miles SE of Columbus, OH. I wrote some code to scan ebay, craigslist... a bunch of places and found nothing. Then in January I saw the Harmony Central post that started this thread.

I contacted HC to get them to contact the person that posted the review but that went nowhere. So I contacted Musicians Friend I couldn't find anything on their site. So, I looked up Guitar Center which owns MF. I found an email address for the GC legal deparment and emailed them. They mentioned that they do not give out user information. Yeah I get that. I asked if a subpeona would help. Of course it does! I had the detective contact GC Legal who gave up the user info. The detective was pretty certain that it couldn't have been my guitar but I persisted.

The detective contacted the user, from Columbus, OH. He says that he bough it a a KRA Music store the day after it was stolen. It took him over a month to get the guitar to a veterinarian to scan the Snagg chip which verified tat it was my guitar. The detective had already verified that is was mine using the serial number.

Now they're attempting to find the person who sold it to KRA.

A Note: We couldn't find any music store in Columus with a scanner for the Snagg chip. I like the idea of the chips, but the lack music stores in using them is a real problem!

Oh yeah. The dork did "some rewiring on it". I can't wait to see what he did.

Thanks,
Bill S.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:38 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

That's fantastic! It's a drag that you have to wait some more, but at least your guitar is on its way back to you. I've had gear ripped off too--it's not a good feeling! It's very cool that they got it back--I hope they string the thief up by a very sensitive part of his anatomy! You're a lucky guy--most stolen stuff is never recovered. I had an amp lifted right off the bandstand in a club about fifteen years ago, and about $800 worth of effects stolen out of another club five or so years before that, and I never saw any of that stuff again. The police were no help--I had documentation, serial numbers, receipts and such, and one of the cops joked that my gear was probably halfway to Guam! Unfortunately, he was probably right...Get your guitar back soon, and I hope they throw the book at the bastard who took it!
BTW, you might want to change your font color--that red is really hard to read against the gray background!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:22 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

Congrats! I hope the "rewiring" isn't anything that can't be undone.

Welcome to the very exclusive "got my stolen Carvin back!" club. Cool

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 8:23 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

jfine wrote:
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BTW, you might want to change your font color--that red is really hard to read against the gray background!


Indeed! I had to highlight your post just to read it. Eh?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2009 9:17 am   Reply with quoteBack to top

It's good to see a story like this with a happy (if still delayed) ending since in the vast majority of stolen goods cases, the items are never recovered. I hope any "rewiring" is easy to return to stock, and that the guitar is in good shape in every other way.

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I tried to change the font color. The drop down says "white" WTF?

Let's see if it happens again with this post.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:39 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

OK, as promised...

I picked up my TL60T from the Sheriff's property room this morning! The tremolo was out of whack and one of the wires on the 5-way switch was cut. It looks like the buyer didn't like quack tones... uh, just don't use those.

Other than that she looks great. The picture is a bit fuzzt, though.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/95551154@N00/3790709428/

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 7:42 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

awesome bill, how does it feel to be reunited with your long lost axe? Mr. Green
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:20 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Fantastic. What a "feel good" story, and such a happy ending. I'm glad you're reunited with your TL60.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 09, 2009 8:47 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

Glad to hear your persistence paid off! I have two TL's. Yours is just the kind of thing I woud order. Awesome guitar!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:56 pm   Reply with quoteBack to top

That's a great "Happy Ending" story! I'm glad you got your baby back!

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