I posted this elsewhere and decided to edit my original post (below), since it was a thread about Dean guitars - not thieves. Got any similar experiences? I think there's a special hell reserved for people that steal a musician's instruments. ================================================== That one would have brought out the medieval moose. I once had a Fender Precision bass and Fender Bassman rig stolen from a practice space. I put my life on hold and did not stop searching and asking questions until I found the culprit. In cases like this, it's usually someone you know or who has been there and seen it. While I know I would get arrested for it these days (it happened around 1970), I went to his house; tossed his friend off the porch who tried to bar my way; chased the guy around his house, pounding on him - then literally kept him in a one arm headlock, dragging him to my car and made him direct me to where the stolen gear was. The first was a pawn shop. When I demanded the owner produce the stolen amp and speaker cab (with the thief still in tow), he threatened to call the police. I told him to do exactly that so I could report him for buying stolen gear. The pawnshop owner wound up loading the amp and cab into the car for me (since I only had one free arm). We then went to his friend that he sold the bass to - who had started sanding the finish off against the grain in an effort to disguise it. He was a smart ass about it, but did hand it over. After that, I dumped the thief on the street far from home with a heartfelt warning. I'm a gentler person these days... but when it comes to this sort of thing - only because of modern laws. Grrrrrrrrumph!