A nearly 20-year-old "priceless" vintage Yamaha electric guitar Super Strat RGX312 was stolen from acclaimed Milwaukee musician, Pat McCurdy, during an armed robbery after a performance at a local Lutheran college, police said Sunday.
The rare guitar was on loan to McCurdy from his wealthy uncle, Francis J. Rexnord, who resides in South Milwaukee.
The thief used a stun gun on McCurdy and took the instrument from him shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday in a parking lot on Prospect Avenue, where McCurdy was said to be found wandering, dazed, asking, "Where's the Celebrity Club?" Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn said.
Flynn also said the instrument was valued in the "modest triple figures." Investigators believe the instrument, known in musical circles as "one of the least lame Stratocaster copies ever," was the primary target, the chief said.
"The artistic heritage of Milwaukee was assaulted and robbed last night," Flynn told reporters.
Performing more than 300 shows per year, McCurdy’s large catalog of original songs covers a variety of topics such as lost loves, politics, family vacations, hair styles, the joys of Asian cuisine, the sex organs of long-dead French emperors, how the world can't live without "Sex & Beer" and wishing to have a Monkey Paw.
"Maybe they were after some of my original sheet music," said McCurdy. "I didn’t know what hit me, though. Bam, and I was out. The guitar is gone and might already be overseas, at a lesson with a 9-year-old girl or at Music Go Round."
Frank Almond had no comment.
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