Star Gui­tar

Jef­fer­son Star­ship gui­tarist re­united with his lost ’59 Burst

Guitarist - - The Lineup -

Jef­fer­son Star­ship gui­tarist Craig Chaquico is back with his 1959 Les Paul af­ter it went AWOL in a riot ahead of a planned 1978 show in Ger­many with the band’s orig­i­nal line-up. Three years af­ter he was tipped off that the gui­tar might still be in ex­is­tence, Craig’s mis­sion to get it back has ended af­ter a set­tle­ment agree­ment was reached, aided by a meet­ing be­tween the gui­tarist and the in­stru­ment’s owner fol­low­ing a year of le­gal dis­cus­sion.

“See­ing the gui­tar for the first time af­ter so many years brought back so many mem­o­ries," says Chaquico about the af­fec­tion­ately named ‘Lorelei’, af­ter the place where it went miss­ing. “One of my dreams from the out­set was sim­ply to per­form or record with it again… and it looks like that dream just might come true.”

The gui­tar was thought to have been de­stroyed dur­ing the riot on the Ger­man Rhine that was sparked by an an­nounce­ment that the band wouldn’t be tak­ing the stage that day. “I’m thor­oughly ex­cited about hit­ting the stage with it again," adds Chaquico. “It’ll be a magical mo­ment. I’ll feel like a ‘kid’ in the mid-70s all over again.”

Craig Chaquico feels like “a ‘kid’ in the mid70s” be­ing re­united with his ’59 LP ’Burst

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