17 guitars stolen from local musician's home - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

17 guitars stolen from local musician's home

Marty Pelto says the theft of his 17 guitars has left him devastated. Marty Pelto says the theft of his 17 guitars has left him devastated.
SPRINGFIELD, TN (WSMV) -

In the areas around Music City, instruments are everything. For many, they're not just a passion but a livelihood.

Now, one local musician says a theft of 17 guitars has left him devastated.

"I've been in music pretty much the greatest part of my entire life," said Marty Pelto. "The best experience is the feeling that you get when someone's really enjoying your performance."

Lead guitarist for local bands Snow Black Sunday and Dead Hollywood Stuntman, Pelto said music is the only thing he ever truly wanted to do. Living out that passion in Nashville, Pelto even won a shredding contest to open for Steve Vai.

His Robertson County home far away from the noise of the stage, the spot on Highway 76 E was the scene of a crime that's hit Pelto hard. 

"Everybody tells me it sounds like an inside job or someone that I knew," said Pelto. "I truthfully don't believe that. It could've been anybody, and unfortunately, it was me."

Pelto said sometime last week, someone managed to get inside his garage and steal a dirt bike, an iMac, and worst of all, 17 guitars including a Gibson and five Les Pauls. 

"I had a custom Warmoth that was my baby," said Pelto. "I've had it since the 90s."

Estimating the thefts at $30,000, Pelto said the money lost isn't the main issue. Instead, it's hard to see something taken so important in his life.

"I don't think they care, you know," said Pelto. "I don't think that's the point. They just need the money, evidently, for other reasons."

Pelto said the crime isn't doing anything to stop him from living out his passion.

"If you can reach one person, even if it's one person in the crowd, that's what makes it worth everything," said Pelto.

He just hopes sharing his story can get the guitars back in his hands and up on the stage where they belong.

"Hopefully, someone will have seen it or know somebody who knows about it, and through word of mouth, we'll track down what happened," said Pelto.

If you have any information on the guitars or other items stolen, please contact the Robertson County Sheriff's Department.

Copyright 2014 WSMV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

    With death rate up, US life expectancy is likely down again

    Wednesday, May 23 2018 3:34 PM EDT2018-05-23 19:34:48 GMT
    Sunday, May 27 2018 9:05 AM EDT2018-05-27 13:05:56 GMT
    (Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP). FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, workers dig a new grave at a church cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa. Preliminary data released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indica...(Dave Kettering/Telegraph Herald via AP). FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2017 file photo, workers dig a new grave at a church cemetery in New Vienna, Iowa. Preliminary data released on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indica...
    Preliminary data shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indicating that 2017 likely will mark the third straight decline in American life expectancy.More >>
    Preliminary data shows U.S. death rates rose again last year, indicating that 2017 likely will mark the third straight decline in American life expectancy.More >>
  • Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally

    Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:59 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:59:57 GMT
    Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally, (Photo Source: WDAM)Charlotte turns tables on USM, wins 7-4 with ninth-inning rally, (Photo Source: WDAM)

    Southern Miss found itself on the other side of the looking glass Saturday night at MGM Park. A year after the Golden Eagles rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run against Charlotte to force a win-or-go-home contest, the 49ers returned the favor on the fourth day of 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship. 

    More >>

    Southern Miss found itself on the other side of the looking glass Saturday night at MGM Park. A year after the Golden Eagles rallied in the bottom of the ninth inning with a walk-off home run against Charlotte to force a win-or-go-home contest, the 49ers returned the favor on the fourth day of 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship. 

    More >>
  • Florida Atlantic forces showdown with Rice

    Florida Atlantic forces showdown with Rice

    Sunday, May 27 2018 12:02 AM EDT2018-05-27 04:02:28 GMT
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons
    Source: Flickr Creative CommonsSource: Flickr Creative Commons

    Florida Atlantic University got a bit of revenge Saturday afternoon and set up a win-or-go home situation after taking down Rice University 7-4  in the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship.

    More >>

    Florida Atlantic University got a bit of revenge Saturday afternoon and set up a win-or-go home situation after taking down Rice University 7-4  in the 2018 Conference USA Baseball Championship.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly