Stolen 1962 Gretsch White Penguin #42012


Hello. Thanks for looking.

My guitar, a 1962 Gretsch White Penguin, serial number 42012 was stolen  from Guernsey's warehouse after it's unsuccessful auctioning in the  Guernsey's "Forty Years of Rock & Roll" auction in NYC January  19-22, 1995. Guernsey's was an auction house located at 108 ast 73rd Street, NYC, NY 10021. The auction took place at The Puck Building, Houston and Lafayette Streets, NYC. It was prominently pictured on page 44 of the auction catalog. It's auction description and picture was on  page 150 along with all of it's original hang tags and warranty card. It was refinished but all of the parts were original except the  pickguard. In EXCELLENT condition. It was item #G103A in the auction  catalog. Click here to see my guitar’s auction listing in Guernsey’s "Forty Years of Rock & Roll".

I've been trying to recover this guitar ever since it was stolen from the  auctioneer's warehouse immediately after the auction. My Penguin was later spotted on 48th Street in NYC by one of my friends in one of the music shops there. He told me that "a big biker looking dude was trying to sell it and it was still in the non-original black molded plastic case” that I had it in and “it still had all of it's tags."

I'd REALLY like to get my guitar back. Any help in arranging it's safe return would be greatly appreciated. I’ve listed it on several websites, including,, among others. It has been reported to the FBI. Although, you MAY have bought it in good faith from a dealer or privately, title has not passed. It’s still a stolen guitar and I am entitled to it being returned to me. I WILL press charges, if necessary.

Call: +1 (312)450-7711 in Chicago, USA



If you’d like to return it with no questions asked or if you have any information.


Phil Triantos