Johnny Marr has been reunited with one of his favourite guitars, which was stolen from him ten years ago.
The 1964 cherry red Gibson SG went missing at a Johnny Marr And The Healers show at London club the Scala in 2000.
Steven White, 38, admitted stealing the instrument after he was invited backstage at the gig, and told a at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in London that it has been sitting in his living room since then. He has been sentenced to do 200 hours community service after he pleaded guilty to theft, reports BBC News.
After sentencing, Police Constable Christopher Swain said that Marr “bears no malice” towards White, and added the former Smiths guitarist “didn’t want the matter to go further.” White said he was “disgusted” with himself for stealing the instrument.
Marr is said to be “ecstatic” about getting the guitar back, which is estimated to be worth £30,000.