(CelebrityAccess News Service) — 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 11 PM on the night of October 23. 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 Nash, who is offering a reward of $1,000 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: email@example.com, 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. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner