A MUSICIAN who has performed across the globe has been left reeling by the theft of his treasured guitar, amp and pedals in Halifax.
Paddy Maguire, from Ovenden, was devastated to find the equipment missing from his car which was parked outside his home.
Thieves had smashed the back windscreen to get to the equipment, which had been covered up before the theft so it could not be seen by looking in.
Paddy had his black Stratocaster guitar for nearly 20 years and he has customised it so much for himself, he had it re-named the ‘Paddycaster’.
“It’s of massive sentimental value,” he said.
“I’ve had it since 1984. It’s the only one I’ve bought new.”
Also taken was a Germino amp head which was used during a performance at the 2008 Grammys in America.
He said the amp is useless without the speakers that go with it, which he still has.
The equipment is easily identifiable, he said, and he is hoping he will get it back.
He said news of the theft has spread across social networking sites so musicians and music shop staff across the country are on the look out for it.
He is also offering a reward in the hope that someone will be able to help.
“Even people I don’t know have been getting in touch,” he said.
“In all the places that I’ve played – The States, Europe, the UK, Australia – I’ve not had anything like this happen before.
Paddy has been playing guitar for 31 years – ever since he was 15.
He was born in Holyhead, Wales, and grew up in Cornwall and Ireland.
He said he moved to Halifax like a lot of other musicians because its location makes it a good base to access airports, ports and motorways to get to gigs in this country and overseas.
Anyone with information about the theft, thought to have happened between Friday night and Saturday morning, or where the stolen equipment is should call police via 101.
Information can also be passed on anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.