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Band devastated by guitar theft

Noah and the Whale
The band are on a 12-date UK tour

Indie-folk band Noah And The Whale have vowed to continue a UK tour despite having all of their equipment stolen from a car park in Manchester.

The gear - including vintage guitars, brass instruments and the drum kit - was taken from a car park near the Club Academy venue on Tuesday night.

Lead singer Charlie Fink said he was "unbelievably devastated" but vowed to carry on with borrowed instruments.

Greater Manchester Police said it had yet to receive a report of the theft.

Band members are still trying to put an estimated value on the haul, which was locked in a trailer.

But they hope the unusual nature of the equipment - which includes a number of left-handed guitars - will help track it down.

It's hard to explain the relationship you have with a guitar
Charlie Fink, lead singer

Fink said he was particularly upset about losing his guitar, which he used on latest album The First Days Of Spring.

He said: "None of it's about the money, it's genuinely irreplaceable stuff.

"There aren't replacements of these items. My Fender Jaguar 1963, for example, I've had that for ages and my entire sound is based on that guitar.

"It's very rare, I've only found one of those guitars. But even if there was a duplicate it wouldn't ever sound the same.

"It's hard to explain the relationship you have with a guitar."

The trailer also contained a left-handed Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Deluxe and a left-handed Fender Telecaster in sunburst colour.

Theft 'devastating'

A Gibson Goldtone GA-30 RVS Amp, a Ludwig silver/white oyster finish drum kit and a Fender 66 Precision Bass were also stolen.

Fink added: "The most frustrating thing is whoever's done this has no understanding of what he's done. He has no idea of what it all means to us.

"We load up our own stuff, we carry our own gear. We do it with all our own money - it's devastating."

Fink hopes to borrow equipment for the rest of the tour, which takes them to the US after playing 12 more UK dates.

"We're not going to cancel any shows, we'll find another way to do it," he added.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the equipment is asked to contact the band through their website or MySpace page.

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