Photos have been posted at the band’s official website with detailed descriptions, including serial numbers, and Petty is offering a $7,500 no-questions-asked reward in hopes of having them returned quickly.
The stolen instruments include Petty’s 1967 blond 12-string Rickenbacker (pictured at right) and his Gibson SG TVJunior, Mike Campbell’s blue Dusenberg Mike Campbell model, Ron Blair’s Fender Broadcaster and Scott Thurston’s 1967 Epiphone Sheridan.
A statement on Petty’s website said police in Culver City, where the band was rehearsing, are investigating. Anyone with information about the guitars can send it to StolenGuitars@TomPetty.com.
Not among the stolen instruments is the iconic red Rickenbacker electric used on the cover of the band's breakthrough 1979 album Damn the Torpedoes," which Campbell scored off a Fullerton musician who put it up for sale in a Recycler ad.