Three guitars have been returned to a band after they were stolen earlier this week in Nelson.
Edmonton native Michael Rault and his band performed at a house on Carbonate Street on Thursday night. They stayed the night there and left their gear in the home’s living room.
In the morning, a 1960s Gibson 335 red guitar, a 1970s wood-coloured 12-string Fender acoustic and a black 1970s Fender Precision bass were gone.
But on Saturday morning, Rault announced on Facebook that the Nelson Police Department had recovered the missing instruments.
Rault told the Star that the Gibson had been a gift from his father, the accomplished musician Lionel Rault.
“It is a situation where he bought that guitar in the 70s or 80s and I think I’ve played it on the last five records I’ve made. It’s kind of my signature guitar.”
The return of the guitars means Rault’s band can continue on with their tour. They are due to play in Vancouver on Saturday night before heading south for several dates throughout the western United States.