Nedd Dodd, who made the big guitar, is pleased it’s back in the right hands after it was stolen.
Nedd Dodd, who made the big guitar, is pleased it’s back in the right hands after it was stolen. Allan Reinikka

Stolen Big Red back home safe

ONE day a song might well be written about the disappearance and mysterious adventures of Big Red, the Capricorn District Country Music Association's novelty guitar.

But for now, association secretary Richard Ouston is just glad that the two-metre tall instrument, which weighs more than 80kg, is back in safe hands.

The guitar, hand-crafted from red cedar and fibre glass with stainless steel strings, was stolen early on Sunday morning, presumably by pranksters who cut it down from a six-metre pole outside the country music lovers' headquarters in Berserker.

It was returned on Tuesday morning after a woman who lives in Brecknall St on The Range called police to say her son had brought it home.

He says he found it lying by the side of the road in Wandal, but has no idea how it got there.

And Richard took a phone call early on Tuesday to say the guitar was lying in a gravel pit near the Glenmore Homestead. When he got there it had gone.

"You might say it's something of a mystery, but we are very relieved to get it back in one piece," he said yesterday.

"There are a few scratches on it but it's not been damaged."


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