The Dears Guitarist's Studio Broken Into, All Gear Stolen

Patrick Krief, a member of The Dears (as well as Lesley Lane which we reviewed last year) recently ran into a bit of bad luck. Long story short, some asshat decided to break into his Montreal practice space and cleaned him out of all his gear as well as his oil heater. Below is a post from his blog that includes a list of missing items. If you know ANYTHING please reach out to Patrick via his MySpace link that is found after his blog entry.


So, This afternoon, I get a phone call from Tim Fletcher (the stills singer/guitarist) he's standing outside my rehearsal space (he rehearses next door) telling my window is broken. I ask him to look in, and sure enough, I had been robbed blind! They took all my guitars , my keyboards, pedals, and they took a bunch of stuff from Mike Nash (the guy I share the space with) Including his computer and back up hard drives (just to make sure none of his work is salvaged). They took amps, our PA system, pedals, 5 guitars, a bass, They were kind enough to leave some cables though, but not all of them...the list of stolen gear is below it's near 18 grand in value.

The thing they took that I really want back most is my White Fender Stratocaster. I cried for hours about losing it. It has extreme sentimental value, and I don't know how I'll go on with out it. 16 people (friends and family) pitched in to buy me that guitar (of which I had been dreaming about my whole life) on my 18th birthday. I'm on a serious hunt for that guitar, I'm trying to gather some reward money, but I'm pretty broke right now.. I can safely say that I'll give $1000 (my family has raised this ransom money) no questions asked to have it back. My main photo is a picture of me using it, there's also a picture of the SG in the photos here are some details: White Fender Stratocaster standard 1998, white pick guard and maple neck , 4 of the bridge saddles are graphite (black) on the A, D, G and B strings, the other two are the originals. The whammy bar has black tape on the end bit (the white plastic bit has been cracked), There are strap locks on the guitar, and if the strap on it at the time was brown leather.

They also took my Gibson SG special faded guitar. It's dark brown wood grain without varnish. The guitar has a crack on the back of the head stock that has been glued and sanded back but is visible if you look closely.

My Epiphone Casino: Tobacco burst.

A roland XP-10 keyboard.

I would assume these people are going to try to pawn this equipment or sell it in a back alley or something. I'm putting the word out there in hopes that at least My white strat is found. I'm devastated !! I really can't express it enough. Again, any insight will help!
keep in mind that these people might change minor details on the guitar, but the serial number is listed below
Patrick x


Fender Standard Stratocaster 1998

$1000 reward

serial #: Mz0198625

details : White, with white pick guard and maple neck. This guitar has 4 Black Graphite saddles and 2 regular. It has strap locks and a brown leather strap. The white plastic tip on the Whammy bar is cracked

Gibson SG special vintage

details: Dark wood grain un varnished (the back of the headstock was cracked and glued back and sanded. The mark is visible but slight.

Epiphone Casino Tobacco burst

Zoo customs

details: 3 chrome humbuckers and a bigsby,black sparkle finish

-maple neck and ebony fretboard This guitar is completely unique, it says zoo customs on the headstock, and the headstock design is a shape that no other guitar has (kind of a warped rectangle)

Guitar Valleyarts Standard pro 0939

Fender Jazz Bass 1975 reissue

details: -natural finish many small dings and dents.

-maple neck with bound fingerboard and pearl block inlays.

-off white pickguard with vintage chrome pickup cover over neck pickup.

-upgraded with sadowsky pickups (stamped on casing), schaller tuners, badass bridge.

-likely in a modulus (reunion blues) gigbag Japan

IMAC 5.2 computer

serial#: W86380c4wh5

Kaser External Drive

serial # Y8FUN063250GB

Line 6 Guitar POD

serial#: Poda024037491900

Alesis Amp RA500

serial#: (21)a405010451000

Fender Mini practice amp

details: Hand held

Peavey 50 watt guitar amp

Traynor Amp head

details: Converted from a combo,mid 70's model w/slant control panel,model # yba4 bass master

-was converted from a combo so back panel has on 1 jack marked extension cab 8ohm and chassis has one rca jack.

Yorkville PA amplifier

details: Carpet casing

Suzuki Omnichord

serial #: 073291

Roland Xp-10 Keyboard

details: The display is slightly defective


details : 66 key Midi controller

All the guitars were taken with their respective cases

they also took our oil heater, just to make sure the broken window keeps the room nice and cold.



The Dears Guitarist's Studio Broken Into, All Gear Stolen