Superb Bradford based alternative rock/punk band New Model Army had most of their touring equipment stolen from their van, which was parked in the car park of the Holiday Inn in Walsall after their gig at The Robin 2, Bilston, on Saturday June 2nd 2012. With gear borrowed from other groups, the band still managed to perform at Strummercamp the following day.

Here is a list of the stolen items:

Gibson Les Paul Custom - red (serial number 2051429)
Gibson Les Paul Standard - black (serial number 90362428)
Epiphone Riviera - red with tremelo arm (serial number R97C0572)
Lowden 025 acoustic guitar with pick-up (serial number 5131)
Lowden 025 acoustic guitar with pick-up (serial number 12288)
Gibson SG - black (serial number 8176566)
Fender Precision bass - black

All the above items were in new or nearly new Hiscox guitar cases.

Also taken were:

Evolution Keyboard (serial number MK361C - 222941)
Ampeg SVT 3 amplifier head
Fender Blues Junior guitar combo (serial number B-181446) USA model 110volts
Custom built pedalboard containing three way control unit for Blackstar combo amplifier, 2 x Boss digital delays, tremelo and tuner pedals and a Cry-baby wah pedal
Boss pedalboard containing Boss digital delay, bass overdrive, chorus, compression, and tuner pedals
Gator 2U case containing AKG guitar radio receiver (serial number AK3254-001272)

All these items were in new or nearly new cases.

Also stolen by the theivin' gits:

Heavy multi-guitar rack
Flight case containing tools for guitar repairs
Bag containing microphone stands/drum loom
Bag containing guitar cables, looms, power supplies, plectrums, capos, two guitar radio transmitters

This, the latest in a long line of set-backs for the band, comes only five months after the band's studio was completely destroyed by fire. However it won't disrupt their summer programme of festivals across mainland Europe, or their performance at Beautiful Days in the UK.

Singer Justin Sullivan says "Some of the items stolen had only just been re-purchased after the fire that destroyed our studio in December. Others had miraculously survived that inferno but we are still now without them. These are the tools of our trade and we do desperately need them back, so if anyone knows their whereabouts please do the right thing; it is a pretty huge haul of equipment to have suddenly appeared somewhere in the middle of the night. We're not having too much luck at the moment but, if anything, this just makes us a stronger and more determined unit."


We ask all our readers, especially the musicians among you - who will understand how painful and personal it is to have a beloved instrument stolen, regardless of the financial and practical difficulties involved in replacing gear - to keep their eyes peeled for any of the above equipment.

If you have any information please call Walsall Police Station (crime number 20WS/91324T/12 - Walsall Police Station 0345 1135000), Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 - you can do so anonymously and may be eligible for a reward - or e-mail New Model Army directly and in confidence at info@newmodelarmy.org, or contact them via their Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/NewModelArmyOfficial.