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A Holiday PSA: Help Find Guthrie Govan’s Band’s Stolen Gear

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

(reprinted from the latest BellerBytes)

A Holiday PSA: Help Find Guthrie Govan’s Band’s Stolen Gear

I was just going to write a short and sweet holiday message for the last BellerBytes of the year, but something terrible happened to my dear friend Guthrie Govan and his band while on the road in Rome, Italy: The entire contents of their gear van were stolen. And Guthrie and his crew could really use your help – especially if you’re in Europe – in tracking it down.

Some of you may have heard about this already through social media. For those who haven’t, I’m going to turn it over to Guthrie himself (who is quite the writer; he went to Oxford for a bit, you know) so you can get caught up:


An appeal for your help, after a recent van break-in in Rome :-(

The following isn’t exactly a fun read, but it would be hugely appreciated if y’all could have a quick look through the following: we need your help!

I’ve just finished a tour of Italy with Dave Kilminster, Seth Govan and Pete Riley. Unfortunately, someone broke into our tour van in Rome, during the afternoon of Dec 17th, and stole pretty much the entire contents.

This sucks on a number of levels: not only did the theft make it very difficult for us to play the remainder of the shows we had booked on our Italian tour, but also we’re now faced with the prospect of having to find some way of replacing a lot of equipment – both rental gear and personal stuff.

Some of the stolen gear – particularly Seth’s Warwick bass, which he’s played almost exclusively for the last 22 years or so – also has considerable sentimental value, as you can doubtless imagine.

The Italian police didn’t seem to think there was anything they could do about this situation, so… we’re reaching out to you, the denizens of the internet, in the hope that maybe someone out there can help us to retrieve at least something.

Please have at least a quick look through the following list, and report any suspicious sightings: our only real hope of recovering this stuff lies in the fact that some of it is fairly distinctive/unusual, so in theory it should be hard to sell and easy to spot, if you know what to look for…

If you can think of any website or forum where it might be helpful to post this stuff, please, please copy/paste the following as you see fit!

(NB – although the theft took place in Italy, it seems feasible that the people responsible might instinctively head for the border of some nearby country and try to sell our gear there…?)

Anyhow… here’s a list of what was taken. I’ve left out the various cables/power supplies etc, but needless to say we lost a lot of that stuff, too…


1989 Warwick Streamer bass, natural finish.

(Distinguishing features: smaller replacement Schaller tuners; screw for lower strap button replaced with a Philips style screw; thumb-sized indentation above the “P-Bass” pickup; long dark stripe/imperfection in the wood on the back of the bass, above the through-neck; small knot in the wood near the top of the inside upper horn…)

SWR SM900 head, serial # 4400106010
SWR Goliath 4×10 speaker cabinet (4 Ohm) serial # 4410500410
Boss OC-2 octave pedal, Boss TU-2 tuner, Boss power supply, various cables.


1x left-handed Drum Workshop DW 5000 double kick drum pedal.


2x Brunetti Mercury heads, serial numbers ME10550 and ME10650 (in flight cases);
2x Brunetti 4×12 cabinets (in flight cases).

DK’s pedals:

Boss Chorus Ensemble;
Boss TU-2 tuner;
Boss digital reverb;
Xotic Effects “EP” Booster;
Suhr Riot distortion;
Dunlop “Van Halen” signature wah;
Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal.

GG’s pedals:

(mounted in a distinctively crappy-looking “tea tray” pedalboard):
Xotic Effects “EP” Booster;
RetroSonic “Vintage Vibes” chorus;
tc electronics Flashback delay;
tc electronics Polytune tuner;
Guyatone WR-3 envelope filter;
Dunlop “Jerry Cantrell” signature wah;
Ernie Ball VP JR volume pedal.


1x unique bag with the emblem “Roger Waters – The Wall”;
Various camcorder tapes containing yet-to-be-edited footage from a professionally filmed 3-camera shoot – for what was intended to be a live DVD of a gig we played at Lapsus, Torino :-(

Well… profuse thanks in advance to anyone who might be able to help us out with any of this!

GG (and the band)


It’s hard for me to believe that I just met Guthrie for the first time this year, in January. The whole Aristocrats project – a 2011 creation – has been one of the coolest things I’ve ever been fortunate enough to be a part of, largely because Guthrie is such a kind, generous, and fun dude to be on the road with (let alone play with!). (And yes, Oxford would surely frown upon the previous sentence’s structure.)

All that to not-so-cleverly say that it’s horrible that this happened to Guthrie’s mates, and especially to his terrifyingly talented bassist/brother Seth. I’ve lost my main axe in a theft back in 1994. It’s a bloody awful feeling.

It’s difficult enough to make a living as a musician without stuff like this happening. They could really use your help. If there’s anything you can do to help, especially for those in Europe with knowledge of how used gear gets sold over there, I would deeply appreciate it, as I know Guthrie would as well.


Kira and I have so, so much to be grateful for. 2011 was an amazing year. Between the Wednesday Night Live CD and DVD, The Aristocrats CD, the Kira Small/Bryan Beller Live At The White House CD, and the Bryan Beller Instructional DVD for Alfred Publishing (coming out in early 2012), I somehow completed five releases this year. Without your gracious support, none of this would work. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Believe it or not, it is difficult for me to express my gratitude for this in words.

I think 2012 will be a music writing year. I’m overdue.

And that’s pretty much all I got.

Happy holidays and happy new year to all,
Bryan Beller

Kira Small/Bryan Beller Southern Tour 2nd Leg Starts This Week: FL, SC, AL, TN

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Let’s go south in December, we thought. Good idea, we thought. So we are.

We’ve got four stops in Florida coming right up: a clinic in Jacksonville (first time ever!),  house concerts in Hernando Beach and Orlando (where we tracked our live album Live at the White House!), and a venue show in St. Pete. Then it’s off to Florence, SC, Birmingham, AL, and one last show in Nashville.

Would you believe I wrote a new BellerBytes about it? Click for details, and believe.

It’s been an amazing year. If you’re down south somewhere in our path, please do come out and celebrate this crazy trip around the sun being nearly complete.

And hey, let’s not forget about The Aristocrats headlining WesFest 7. You read about that directly below, right? Right?


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