New-age detective work reunites muso & stolen guitar

Tim Guy, with his beloved guitar, is over the moon that Alan Betts found it and tracked him down.
Tim Guy, with his beloved guitar, is over the moon that Alan Betts found it and tracked him down.

FOR a musician, losing your beloved instrument is about as devastating as it gets.

This horrible scenario became a reality for Melbourne musician Tim Guy after a recent visit to the Tweed.

He was here to play a show at a house gig for his new record label two weekends ago.

Once he finished he locked up his very distinctive left-handed Maton guitar, with personalised etchings on the sides and back, in his car.

When he returned his entire back window had been smashed and the guitar was gone.

"I was devastated," he said.

"I just couldn't believe it."

Soon a social media campaign was started to locate Mr Guy's guitar.

Little did he know, Elanora resident Alan Betts was on his way to his daughter's Casuarina home to house sit.

"It was either the Monday or the Sunday and I was on my way back along the freeway," he said.

"And just over the Tweed River bridge I saw a guitar case just sitting there."

The curious man exited the freeway and made his way to the guitar case.

"The case was there and the chords were separate on the side of the road," he said.

"I thought it must have fallen off the back of the truck."

The Good Samaritan took the guitar back to his daughter's house.

"It looked like a very good guitar; one that someone really cared about and would miss," he said.

Conveniently she and her husband are both members of the Queensland Police Force.

His son-in-law got to work and managed to locate Mr Guy's music profile on Facebook with the help of a Google search after noticing the name etched inside the guitar.

"I just couldn't believe it when I heard," he said.

Mr Guy's friend collected and then freighted his prized possession down to Melbourne.

"I collected it yesterday in time for my next show tomorrow night," he said.

"It's in remarkably good condition for what it's been through.

"Another scar, one of the many it has collected over the last 20 years of being out and about on the road all around the world."

Mr Betts said he was glad to be able to return such a special instrument to its rightful owner.

"It was just really good," he said.

"It looked like a very special guitar."

Mr Guy said he was touched by the help from the Tweed community, especially Mr Betts and the freight company who discounted the freight after they were told the incredible story.

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