Help Catch a Thief: Guitar Legend Has Gear Stolen in Austin

Acclaimed rock and jazz-fusion guitarist Tony MacAlpine and his band were the victim of thieves in Austin, Texas, and now the musicians are putting out the word to try and get their gear back.

MacAlpine has been a guitar legend since his 1986 album Edge Of Insanity, made with bassist Billy Sheehan and former Journey drummer Steve Smith. MacAlpine has also played with fellow legend Steve Vai, and has recorded and toured constantly for nearly 30 years.

On their Facebook page, the band posted details of what was stolen. Anyone with information should post there.  The band’s message reads as follows:


Our trailer was broken into overnight at our hotel in Austin, TX, and the thieves stole all of Tony’s guitars.

Serial numbers will be added shortly:

  • his black Ibanez Guitars custom 7-string with EMG Pickups installed (serial LA071509);
  • his white Ibanez 7-string with black EMG 707 pickups (serial LA0168);

The above guitars are Tony’s only two Ibanez 7’s and he has been photographed with them extensively.

Also stolen were a Peavy EVH sunburst, a white Carvin 7-string; plus Tony’s pedalboard.

All of Bjorn’s basses were stolen:

  • Carvin Amplifiers Blue PB 4 custom
  • Carvin Black PB 5 custom
  • Carvin SeaFoam Green PB 5
  • 2 Carvin wireless transmitters with Guitar straps (inkl 1 red custom alligator)
  • Misc. Tools, strings, batteries etc etc

Aquiles Priester’s drum gear was also stolen:

Mapex USA Drums Saturn IV

1 X 8″X7″ Rack Tom

1 X 10″X8″ Rack Tom

1 X 12″X9″ Rack Tom

1 X 10″X4″ Snare (Steel)

1 X 6″X4″ LP Timbale

1 X Eletronic bag with:

  • cables
  • heaphones
  • ipod support
  • 4 roland triggers
  • TM-2 roland module
  • gibraltar spare parts

Paiste Cymbals

Paiste Bag 1:

1 X Rude China Basher 14”

2 X Rude Splash 10”

1 X 602 Splash 10”

2 X Signature Splash 8”

2 X 2002 PsychOctopus Giga Bell Ride 18”

1 X Signature Heavy Hi-Hat 14”

1 X 2002 Sound Edge Hi-Hat 15”

Paiste Bag 2:

1 X Signature Power Crash 17”

3 X Signature Power Crash 18”

1 X Signature Power Crash 19”

1 X Rude Basher 18”

1 X Rude Thin Crash 18”

1 X Rude Thin Crash 19”

2 X Signature Heavy China 18”

As you can imagine, this has completely disabled our tour. When you take a musician’s instruments you remove their livelihood.

Please share this post! We hope our network of friends and fans can help us recover our gear.

The tour continues in Texas. MacAlpine will be playing in Houston Friday night, and in McKinney on Saturday.

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