Guitar Security: Record Keeping

Thieves see guitars as quick money, saleable to any number of buyers.  There is no practical way to prevent having your guitar stolen, but you can help recover it through fairly simple procedures if it is stolen.
When you purchase a guitar, always get a receipt showing the name, address, telephone number and email of the seller.  The receipt should show the manufacturer, model and serial number of your new instrument along with the price and date of purchase.  Take a couple photographs of the guitar.
Copy the receipt, and keep it with a photograph of the instrument in two different, safe places, with other important records.  If your guitar goes missing, file a police report and give an additional copy of the receipt to the police, and notify your insurance agent.

Thieves see guitars as quick money, saleable to any number of buyers.  There is no practical way to prevent having your guitar stolen, but you can help recover it through fairly simple procedures if it is stolen.

When you purchase a guitar, always get a receipt showing the name, address, telephone number and email of the seller.  The receipt should show the manufacturer, model and serial number of your new instrument along with the price and date of purchase.  Take a couple photographs of the guitar.

Copy the receipt, and keep it with a photograph of the instrument in two different, safe places, with other important records.  If your guitar goes missing, file a police report and give an additional copy of the receipt to the police, and notify your insurance agent.

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2 Responses to “Guitar Security: Record Keeping”

  • Jack Bahmer says:

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  • Bill Dixon says:

    Good advice. I think I’d add, post the missing guitar info and serial number in Vintage Guitar Magazine. I know from personal experience that this works, particularly when the stolen guitar gets sold in a different state from the one where the theft report is filed.

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