Vintage Gibson 1954 Les Paul 'Black Beauty' Guitar Owned by Singer-Songwriter Graham Nash Stolen in a NYC Cab Incident on October 23

The Guitar Was on Loan to Family Friend Kinski Rodriguez of the Band Madrepore

A Significant Reward is Being Offered for the Safe Return of the Valuable

Instrument, Which Has Great Personal Value to Nash

Nov 04, 2003, 00:00 ET from Graham Nash

    NEW YORK, Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A valuable vintage Gibson 1954 Les Paul
 "Black Beauty" Guitar, owned for many years by singer-songwriter Graham Nash,
 disappeared in a New York City yellow taxicab at approximately 11PM on the
 night of Thursday, October 23, 2003.  When the guitar went missing, it was in
 the trunk of a cab located at the northeast corner of West 139 St. and
 Broadway in Manhattan.
     At the time, the instrument was on loan to Nash family friend Kinski
 Rodriguez of the rock band Madrepore, who was in New York playing a show.
 Rodriguez also lost other electronics and personal items that were in the
 trunk with the guitar when the car drove away before he could get his
 belongings. The incident, which was reported on October 24, is filed with the
 NYPD as complaint # 2003-030-66146.  The yellow cab driver's name was Ramir,
 and the first two numbers/letters of his I.D. badge are believed to be 2K.
     Beyond its monetary value, the Gibson 1954 Les Paul "Black Beauty" Guitar
 is of great personal value to Graham Nash.  Nash is offering a reward of
 $1,000.00, plus tickets to a future Crosby, Stills & Nash concert, for the
 safe return of the instrument -- no questions asked.  The serial number of the
 guitar is #65683.  Anyone having information on its whereabouts should send it
 via the e-mail address:, and should include details on how
 they can be contacted.  The Nash family is simply interested in having the
 instrument back, and thanks anyone who can help make that happen.

SOURCE Graham Nash