Friday, April 13, 2012

Thieves swipe guitars from Cumberland Belle's Carl Wine

Fenders and Gibsons missing

Posted by T. Ballard Lesemann on Fri, Apr 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM


Carl Wine with his now-missing Fender Telecaster
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  • Carl Wine with his now-missing Fender Telecaster

Bad news from local pop-rock/Americana quartet Ryan Bailey and Cumberland Belle: lead guitarist Carl Wine discovered that thieves had broken into his Summerville home this week and stole five top-quality guitars from his music room.

 “As tragic as it is, I’m incredibly thankful that my wife and son weren’t home during all that — and my dog, who was at the house, wasn’t hurt,” Wine says. “I’d be lying, though, if I said I wasn’t more than a little upset about this whole ordeal. The uncertainty of not knowing who it was, where the guitars and other items are, or whether I’ll be able to replace them if they aren’t recovered is starting to take its toll.”

The missing gear includes a 2008 Gibson Les Paul Standard with desert burst finish and no pick guard, a white 2008 Gibson Firebird with a white pick guard and banjo tuners, a maple-neck Fender Road-Worn Player Stratocaster with a tobacco-burst finish and black pickups on a black pick guard, a burgundy Fender Mexican Standard Telecaster with a missing volume knob and a blue flower paint job, and an Epiphone EJ-200 with a natural finish and a faded dandelion design.

“Of the guitars that were taken, the Telecaster is missed the most,” Wine says. “I got it 15 years ago before Telecasters were the guitars to have , and it was always the one I swore I’d never get rid of.”

Anyone who spots these axes can contact Wine by e-mail at

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