Sorensen’s miraculous guitar makes triumphant return to Asbury boardwalk

Stringbean’s magical 1958 Gretsch hollow body guitar made its triumphant return to the Asbury Park boardwalk tonight.

Kenny “Stringbean” Sorensen and his band the Stalkers had their usual Monday night appearance outside Langosta Lounge, a gig they’ve played for the past five summers.

And the Gretsch was there!

In a somewhat miraculous chain of events, Sorensen’s guitar along with vintage Ampeg amp were recovered last week within a couple days after being stolen in Asbury Park. The miracle was all over the news, not just here and on our sister website — where the story was broken, of course — but also News12 and WCBS out of New York.

And what a story!

The miraculous Gretsch

The miraculous Gretsch

An Asbury Overheard post, as well as a post from Sorensen’s drummer Simeon Cain, telling everyone to be on the lookout for the guitar and amp went viral on Facebook. Couple days later, the guitar and amp were recovered from a store in Ocean Township.

The owner, a music fan with tons of friends in the business, heard about the theft and immediately realized that it was the guitar and amp which he bought shortly before. He called the cops. Good man.

Still missing is Sorensen’s old van, which was stolen with the guitar and amp in it. Police continue to hunt for the suspect.

But Stringbean said that it’s the guitar and the amp that meant so much to him.


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