The next time you're browsing for guitars on eBay, look for a 1981 Gibson SG with a Paper and Plastick skull sticker on the back, or a Sparrow Les Paul, also donning a Paper and Plastick skull sticker. They may belong to Boca punk band Protagonist, who have become the latest South Florida group in a month to get its gear stolen. (In mid-May, New Times reported that Miami bands Torche and Awesome New Republic were also victims of thieving assholes.) Posting a blog on its MySpace page Monday, Protagonist outlined the $22,000 worth of equipment lost at a Day's Inn in Tulsa, OK. The band had driven 18 hours from Florida to Tulsa to record with Stephen Egerton of Descendents fame.
According to the band's blog, all the equipment was in a trailer attached to their van. The thieves picked the lock, cut the chains attaching the trailer to the van, and "left no trace of the trailer behind."
Here's a list of everything that was stolen:
(2) 4x12 Orange Cabinets
(1) 8x10 Ampeg Bass Cabinet
Peavey 5150 II Head (In road Case with Protagonist Screened on top and sides)
Marshall 1984 JCM 800 (in Road Case)
Ampeg SVT Classic Head (in Road Case)
1981 Gibson SG (Yellowing body, Black Dadario Tuning Pegs, Paper and Plastick Skull Stikcer on Back)
2009 Sparrow Les Paul Body Guitar (Black Paper and Plastick Skull Stikcer on Back)
2001 Epiphone Les Paul Custom (Black with Black and Gold Tuners, Georgetown University Sticker on back)
1973 Gibson L6S (Wood, Cracked Headstock)
1997 Fender P Bass (Black with Beat up Black pick guard, G string tuning peg does not match others)
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Black Toolbox (Boss TU2 tuner, Boss Noise suppressor, moded Ibanez tube screamer, Korg AB/Y box, Multiple Monster Cables)
Black and White Back Pack Chord Bag (Boss TU2 Tuner, 5 Monster Cables)
Black and Yellow Toolbox (Stickers All over, Boss TU2 Tuner, Sans Amp Inside, Multiple Monster Cables)
(1) C&C Custom Drums (red and black stripes)
16x26" Kick Drums
8x16 Rack Tom
16x16 Floor Tom
8x14 Snare Drum (black and red glass glitter)
(2) DW Boom Stands
DW Hi-Hat Stand
DW 5000 Bass Pedal
Tama Iron Cobra Bass Pedal
Pork Pie Drum Throne (Black)
About $700 worth of band merchandise
If you have any information, the band requests that you contact member Brian Forst at 561-212-9879 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you'd like to donate to help the band out, they've set up a Paypal account linked to the email mentioned above. The band will also play Supercon in Miami on June 18.