Rock star Randy Bachman reunited with beloved stolen guitar

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Randy Bachman Reunited Guitar
Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman, right, receives his stolen Gretsch guitar during the Lost and Found Guitar Exchange Ceremony Friday, July 1, 2022, at Canadian Embassy in Tokyo. Bachman’s long-held dream came true Friday when he was reunited in Tokyo with a beloved guitar nearly a half-century after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel. Bachman, 78, a former member of The Guess Who, received the guitar from a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)

TOKYO (AP) — Canadian rock legend Randy Bachman’s long search has ended after he was reunited in Tokyo with a cherished guitar 45 years after it was stolen from a Toronto hotel.

Seventy-eight-year-old Bachman, a former member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, received the guitar from a Japanese musician who had bought it at a Tokyo store in 2014 without knowing its history.

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The guitar is “exceptional” to Bachman

Bachman says all guitars are special, but the 1957 Gretsch, which he bought as a teenager and used to write “American Woman” and other hits, was exceptional. A Canadian fan who heard the story of the stolen guitar launched an internet search and located it in Tokyo within two weeks.

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