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October 04, 2016

Ween guitarist reports vintage instrument stolen from New Hope concert

Mickey 'Dean Ween' Melchiondo calls on community to help recover missing Strat

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Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo pictured with 1961 Fender Stratocaster.

The founding guitarist of veteran alt-rockers Ween has reported his instrument stolen several days after the group played a show Wednesday night in its Pennsylvania hometown.

Following a performance at John and Peter's, Mickey "Dean Ween" Melchiondo discovered that his rare 1961 Fender Stratocaster, modified with a 1961 Jazzmaster neck, was nowhere to be found.

Melchiondo, having exhausted all of his immediate options, posted a disheartened message on Facebook, shared with fans of the private group WEEN Appreciation Society (Rise of the Boognish):

I’ve been forced to wait until I had exhausted every single scenario of it being misplaced, accidentally loaded into the wrong vehicle, etc—but on Wednesday night at John and Peter’s in New Hope I was loading my amplifier into my truck and when I returned to the club my 1961 Stratocaster with a 61 Jazzmaster neck was stolen. (serial number 61936) At first I thought maybe someone loaded it into my truck thinking they were doing me a favor. But I instinctively knew something was wrong. I have talked to every band member, but I can’t account for some of the other guys that sat in. If anyone has heard, or saw anything from Wednesday please contact me at 215-693-4215 or email me at There will be no questions asked, I just want my guitar back. This guitar was to be the replacement for my other 61 Strat (ole Red) and a lot of time went in to finding the perfect neck, body, hardware etc. The emotional part of this is brutal—-the cameras at the club were malfunctioning that evening but the club has been very supportive in helping me find the culprit. Again, I just want the guitar returned, it is irreplaceable and a lot of time and love went into it’s construction. It’s 55 years old and has a Brazilian Slab rosewood neck, which were discontinued in mid 1962, making it virtually irreplaceable without spending quite a bit of money. I guarantee you this will never happen again. New Hope Police 215-348-7400 if you’ve heard someone brag about the caper. ALSO–IT WAS IN A TAN LEATHER LEVY GIG BAG.

To assist in the search, Melchiondo posted a composite of several photos of the guitar, which has two single coil pickups and an angled pickup closest to the bridge.

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"Dean Ween's" stolen 1961 Fender Stratocaster.

Ween recently performed in Philadelphia at Festival Pier on Aug. 21. After more than 30 years, the band has evolved into a cult powerhouse capable of perfecting any genre and has been hailed for its enrapturing live shows.

Anyone with information on Dean Ween's stolen axe is asked to contact him at