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Musician's livelihood stolen after Downtown gig

The stolen guitars (Source: Eric Hughes) The stolen guitars (Source: Eric Hughes)

A local guitar player is stuck without his most important tool after a thief stole his guitars.

Eric Hughes said his livelihood was stolen after his band finished a gig in Downtown Memphis.

Sometime between 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. Saturday, his guitars were stolen out of the back of his van, which was parked in his driveway.

His acoustic guitar is an Epiphone Masterbuilt, which he said is a fairly common guitar.

"But the other is a metal-bodied Resonator made by Republic, and it's been heavily modified,” Hughes said. “It kind of stood out to begin with, because it had a chrome finish."

Whoever stole the guitars took more than an instrument—they took Hughes’ work tools.

"They didn't have that much sentimental value to me. They were my work tools that I make a living with. They were, you know, that's my hammer and my saw, or like someone else's laptop,” Hughes said.

He posted a flier on social media, and people across the area immediately began to reach out for help.

"Man, that's one really cool thing that's come out of it that I never would have imagined,” Hughes said.

He said his guitars are probably in another state right now.

"In the southern sense of the word, bless their heart,” Hughes said.

He is still holding out hope that police or a concerned citizen will help him track the guitars down.

Until then, he’s not shying away from the stage.

"I mean, you hand me a cucumber with a string on it, I can entertain people with it,” he said.

The theft may even inspire some new art for Hughes.

"Yeah, this will probably be a good blues song."

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