[lastfm link_type="similar_artist_radio"]Peter Frampton[/lastfm] can do many cool tricks with the guitar… but when a cargo plane crashed en route to Panama, he lost his axe in the Caribbean. He’s been trying to fish it out for nearly 30 years.
Fortunately for the rock legend, some enterprising fans were able to track down the 1954 Gibson Les Paul Custom that he used on Frampton Comes Alive.
[pullquote quote="I am still in a state of shock, first off, that the guitar even exists, let alone that it has been returned to me." credit="Peter Frampton"]
Back in 1980, Frampton’s music equipment was being shipped in a cargo plane that ultimately crashed near Panama. The guitar and the many other instruments aboard were thought to be destroyed — until two fans decided to go treasure hunting.
With the help of the Curacao Tourist Board and lots of free time, the fans tracked down Frampton’s legendary guitar to an unnamed man in Curacao. Last month, they reunited the instrument with its rightful owner back in Nashville, TN.
Experts from Gibson confirmed it was the original.
Says Frampton, “I know I have my guitar back, but I will never forget the lives that were lost in this crash. I am so thankful for the efforts of those who made this possible…
“And, now that it is back I am going insure it for 2 million dollars and it’s never going out of my sight again! It was always my #1 guitar and it will be reinstated there as soon as possible — some minor repairs are needed.“
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