Daniel Watkins’ De Gruchy dreadnought guitar has been taken from the festival he last played at over the January long weekend.
The following words from Daniel explain the loss.
I hope everyone has been enjoying their new year, taking it easy and enjoying some free time before its time to get busy again. Sadly, I have had a few setbacks since the start of 2010. the biggest setback was having my guitar lost (or stolen, though I hate to think that) at the Woodford folk Festival near Brisbane last week.
I first noticed my guitar was missing on Friday 1st January 2010. I was performing at the Duck and Shovel Stage the Day before and, to my knowledge was the last time i had used it. I believe I either put my guitar back in the instrument lockup next to the stage or left it backstage underneath a desk – Daniel Watkins.
The missing instrument is a De Gruchy dreadnought, made in August 2006 (written inside the guitar) and has a slightly elongated square headstock with Waverly tuners. It has herringbone inlay around the guitar body and sound hole. The guitar has a L.R. Baggs pickup inside it, abalone dots on bridge pins, rosewood back and sides, a spruce top (slight cracks in the finish) and is pictured below. (click to enlarge)
If any one believes they know anything about my guitar and its whereabouts, or knows people in the Australian Folk music scene who may be able to spread the word, your help would be very much appreciated.