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Jacksons Rare Guitars: closure raises questions


(26 NOV 2012 – updated 29 NOV at end)

Parramatta Road in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Camperdown was a guitar hub – until last week home to a large Billy Hyde store (closed); a busy Gallins Pro Shop (very open), and a double frontage mecca for guitar collectors – Jacksons Rare Guitars. Now just Gallins remains, as Jacksons has become very rare indeed.

Boutique Music Wholesale Pty Ltd and Jacksons Rare Guitars Pty Ltd have had Administrators Appointed, and the shops were stripped earlier in November.
Administrator(s Deloitte are trying to mark sense of the mess.

What makes this more than just the collapse of a retail store is that for many years Jacksons has sold rare and valuable guitars on consignment. Some of the owners have not been paid, and many do not know whether their guitars are in the possession of Deloitte’s – or not.

Pre GFC there were glowing stories in the financial press about the rapid appreciation of vintage guitars – with Jackson at the epicentre. They published this article, see ’42 Guitars’ chart below, conveniently showing the value trend headed for Mount Everest.


The following is not substantiated, so you can read this as either an allegation or a rumor.

According to reports, investors were buying rare guitars, sometimes from Jacksons, as an investment for their self managed superannuation fund. The rules around collectables such as guitars or artworks are that they can’t be hung in your home or business. They must be ‘held’ by a responsible party, kind of like a customs lockup.

Various parties have said that Jacksons had a safe roof upstairs, in which were a treasure’s chest of vintage guitars, some worth more than $50,000. Deloitte’s, to their credit, have allegedly told some owners that if their guitar was seized from the shop and if the owner can establish ownership, they will get it back.

Still more stories have emerged, none that can be substantiated, where owners claim their consignment guitars were sold without them being advised or paid. One story that CX cannot verify is that a superannuation guitar was sold more than once – because it never left the premises.

Deloitte’s can and could have relied on the new Personal Property Register to deny owners any chance of return of their guitars. Under the PPR, which was launched in January, an owner must first register title to their guitar with the PPR (at a small cost), and then consign. An insolvency firm is entitled to retain and sell ANYTHING that is not covered by a listing on the PPR, no matter whether you have proof of ownership.

It’s another trap, and the best medicine is to never, ever consign anything. Jacksons is not the only reseller of collectible to go broke, for whatever reason.


CX has been told that Steve Jackson addressed the creditors meeting on 28 November without detailing anything specific. It appears Deloittes have resigned due to conflict of interest involving a guitar – and another insolvency practice has been appointed. More when we know more.

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  1. Paul Matthews on November 27, 2012 at 8:03 am

    Sounds like the Kenthurst Coles gallery all over again. Serves’em right.

  2. Radarman on November 27, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    This is very sad for Steve and his family and staff. I always got on well with him and I’m sure he will honestly try to sort things out. Went to the store today ( not knowing ) and the metal Holden sign has gone and the builders are stripping the soul out of his shop. Very very sad indeed.

    • Anonymous on November 27, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Very sad for him and his family are you for real ??i know my mate Christian has a 1960 stratocaster on consignment there and no news I reckon he would be sad as well 40 000 dollars odd you d think old mate would have made a phone like come get it before I close ???but no not a call nothing . Then there are all the guitars sold on consignement that still have not been paid a year later….only 200 k worth I feel so sorry for steve and that’s the only ones I know.. Yes indeed steve is a legend…..

  3. Anonymous on November 27, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    I think it is sad. I did quite a bit of business with Steve, not for a while. People (including me) have had problems getting their money from Steve after having consigned guitars that were sold. As for the SM Superannuation setup I mistrusted the whole premise. Steve said “people were hugging me for looking after their super…” (sic) in a media article not so long ago. The market has collapsed significantly and my guess is their investments have not done so well. I just hope there has been no malfeasance ….. and that customer don’t come too badly off (unlikely).
    Another sad tale about the music retail business. And frankly there are some great guitars coming out of Asia at less than $1000 new – they just don’t have the logo some people want.

  4. Simon Sez on November 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Yes, tough luck for the poor suckers who trusted him to sell their instruments on consignment. You’d think he could have contacted them and told them to come and get their instruments before he started talking to the administrators a few weeks ago.
    Looking after number 1 if you ask me.

  5. Anonymous on November 27, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    I left a camera lens on consignment with the local camera store. One day he was there, the next….vamoosh. A very cheap lesson for me….never consign.

  6. Guitarmodes on November 27, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    Take your receipt from Jacksons today to Deloitte’s and demand your guitar. Do not leave until you get your guitar back.

    • Guitarmodes on December 17, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      Reference 16th Dec Anon
      “I am not a dealer in Gtrs and it is not my business or main source of income I am entitled by letter of demand to have my goods released.”

  7. Guitarmodes on November 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    An expensive guitar needs to be insured, formally registered, and kept in an appropriate repository according to insurance requirements. Please take care of our rare instruments you are our custodians.

  8. Al on November 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Jacko sold two of my guitars on consignment but never paid me. I’m pissed off as I contacted him 6 months ago to get the guitars back but he gave the “someone is paying them off” spin. I have been contacted by Deloitte’s who will hopefully help me get some money back. Not confident though…

  9. Dave on November 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve known Steve over 30 years , so have conflicting emotions. Not many people predicted the GFC , so lots of folks have lost millions and millions of dollars. Their life savings. The whole guitars as an asset class is so fraught with risk . I thought long and hard about it pre-GFC but I’m naturally cautious. Steve’s whole thing was based on greed. How can a Strat be worth $100,000 ? Where is the return ? These are only assets if they INCREASE in value. I really feel sorry for those that Steve ripped off . I’d been hearing stories for a while. He has tried this on me with a pre-L series many years ago. Dodgy serial no’s. This is end of an era. However , it’s not one of fond memories . Just an example of greed .

    • Al on November 27, 2012 at 5:46 pm

      Should this also be dealt with by the police? Its fraud isn’t it??

      • cxmagblog on November 27, 2012 at 6:06 pm

        No allegations of anything illegal have been made here.

        • Al on November 27, 2012 at 6:30 pm

          Illegal? Well what about this…I was contacted via ebay (I don’t think he knew who I was) from Jacko as late as 25 of September about a guitar I had on ebay for sale. He suggested if I couldn’t sell it on ebay that Jackson Rare guitars could sell it on my behalf on consignment. I’d say his days were numbered by then but he still continued to offer consignment deals knowing very well he was close to been shut down. Thats fraud!! There’s more to this story. This ain’t a allegation. Its fact!!

      • azza on January 31, 2013 at 6:48 pm

        Sure is fraud. dont know what else to call it

    • Wes Adams on December 4, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      I have purchased National tri cones , Fenders & Gibsons ES355’s from Steve over the past 10 years. I now have 15 beautiful great guitars. I also transfered monies for him to hold for the specific guitar(s) – as I do a lot of travelling Steve would meet me at the international airport in Sydney if I was flying in or out and have the guitar I purchased.
      (There is a shop in Brisbane that sells national guitars above the price Steve’s were)
      Never once was I ripped off, or a guitar was not delivered that I purchased. I have never been to Steve’s shop but believe it was a top shop.
      I have just returned from Africa after 6 months and was going to see what else caught my eye so to speak and had no idea there was a problem.
      I can say I was very happy with Steve’s service and integrity whilst doing business with him., but feel really sick for the innocent, trusting people who have lost money and guitars.

  10. cxmagblog on November 27, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    We are hearing from a lot of people affected by this. If you’d prefer to remain anonymous and have us protect your name, email or call 0408 498 180.
    If you are attending the creditors meeting on 28 Nov, can you please contact us. – Julius

  11. Anonymous on November 27, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    no allegations of anything illegal here!!!.i am not sure how legal it is to sell someones guitar that was on consignement and not pay owner .youd have to be fooling yourself thinking that guitar owners will gratefully give to jacko free expensive guitars and not expect any money whatsoever…?????

  12. b0ng0man on November 27, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    not sure how legal it would be to leave a guitar on consignment as stated above from Al and not get paid for it .surely julius do you really think this is legal???how would you like leaving jackson your 1959 lp on consignment have it sold and not get paid for it.?that take consignmemt to a new level…

    • cxmagblog on November 27, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      This is a story old as time. Consignment is a big risk. The only legal course of action available to those affected is to work with Deloitte’s (assuming they are appointed as receiver’s) and IF they detect that the proprietor committed ‘an act of insolvency’, then with funding from the creditors (you) they can better investigate and refer to the legislator (ASIC). – Julius

  13. TW on November 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Hmmmm…..this may explain why Steve has been trying to sell a large number of his extensive FB & EK Holden collection lately. Some on Ebay, some through Shannons Auctions in Sydney. He has HUGE expectations of price though (around $35k each), so not many are selling. I think a LOT of money has gone into the car collection….he wouldn’t be the first guy to get obsessed with classic cars and pee a whole lot of money away in a hurry due to having the proceeds of a good cash-flow business (legit or not) at their disposal.
    I sure feel sorry for any little guys who look like losing substantial bucks as a result of this behaviour. I’m glad I didn’t get involved, as I could easily have had, as it sure did look like he was the king of the castle in the Aussie guitar scene, …even worldwide….so what could go wrong?
    Hmmmm…we thought the same about Ansett……

    • Sloth on November 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm

      Steve Jackson now joins this very elite group of grubs. Ray Williams, Rodney Adler, Glen Wheatley, Christopher Skase, Jodie Rich, Rene Rivkin & that pommy bastard Bondie!!!

  14. Anonymous on November 28, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Well, let me tell you a story about Jackson’s Rare Guitars.

    Some years back a mate of mine has a 59 Strat that he decides to sell and thought that Steve was the man to sell it. He had given Steve advice over the years about Fender Guitars, even coming in to the store to help verify guitars and answering calls regarding questions over unusual serial numbers etc. He put the guitar on consignment and waited, knowing it could be a while considering the hefty price. After over a year, he decided he would get the Guitar back and perhaps try the private market. So he goes in to Jacksons picks up the Guitar and takes it home. Plugs it in for old times sake, and something doesn’t sound right. He has a fiddle, changes leads etc, amp settings, but it just doesn’t sound the same as it used to. Puts it away and tells himself that perhaps that’s why he was selling it in the first place.

    Takes it out again a few days later. Still doesn’t sound right. Wonders if they gave it a bad set up. Takes it into his workshop. Realises it doesn’t look right either. Screws have been changed. Pickguard doesn’t even look right under the light. Takes the Guitar apart. The guts of it it have been taken out and replaced, and the genuine 59 pickups, pots and wiring have been replaced with aged repro’s.

    Puts the Guitar back together. Heads to Jacksons. Goes into the store, puts the Guitar down Steves desk and says “I’m leaving this guitar here for an hour or so. I expect everything missing from this Guitar back on it by the time I get back”. Walks out. Comes back in an hour. Is handed the Guitar. Walks out and takes it home. Goes over it. Everything is back on and in the Guitar. Plugs it in. Now he’s keeping it. And never, ever, selling, buying or having anything to do with Jacksons again.

    • Anonymous on November 28, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      This story has done the round with several names/establishments attached to it for years.

    • Anonymous on December 1, 2012 at 11:54 am

      I don’t believe that story is true about Jackson’s, I heard it around 1980 well before the Jackson’s shop was open.

  15. Tatsuo on November 28, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Another sucker it seems. After buying a number of instruments from Steve over the past 20 years I gave him my beautiful 1964 Gibson Hummingbird to sell on consignment 2 years ago. Asking a touch under $9K, I knew it may take time to sell so waited patiently for good news. In April 2012 I was told the guitar had been lay-buyed and it would take a while to have it paid off. Over the next 6 months and at least a dozen phone calls I was told a variety of lies like “I don’t know, the guy who runs the computer isn’t here, will get him to call you back” of course no-one ever called back. On 9th November I went to the shop and was told “the instrument had been sold but I can’t afford to pay you, am trying to get some finance, will know more next week”. Then a letter arrives from Deloitte this week telling me the company had ceased trading and administrators appointed. DAMN, things are now looking very bleak. I am very pissed off with Steve for the massive stream of lies and dishonesty over this. I am trying to find out what can be done, surely title to the instrument does not pass until payment is received, I should be able to recover the guitar ???

  16. Stratntele on November 29, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Sad news for everyone that Steve has allowed this situation to happen and more importantly to affect the lives of so many other people who trusted and knew Steve as a “good guy” and fellow guitar enthusiast. I have known Steve for over 30 years when he was just starting out to buy and sell guitars and I can truthfully say that his personality and business dealings with me over this time have always been honest and straight forward. Yes, I did have a guitar that I had recently bought from him in the store when the liquidators were called in so I figure that my chances of successfully recovering the guitar are pretty slim. However, I just hope that Steve does the right thing by everybody and endeavour to pay back the creditors as much as possible as well helping those people who were never paid for the guitars that were sold by him.

  17. Rather Not on December 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I had a nice LP on consignment with Steve recently – thought I’d get it back off him last year, oops – ‘sorry it sold just now on lay by so it’ll take 3 months to get your money’.

    After excuses and no payment for more than six months I realised the options were expensive legal action, lose it all if the shop went under, or minimise my loss by finding an almost market priced guitar in his shop and using my credit towards that and selling it on.

    It hurt at the time but swallowed my pride and did the latter. Now, reading the comments here I feel like I dodged a bullet.

    It’s a pity it’s come to this for an institution like JRG. I’m sorry for the enthusiasts who lost a lot – or any, really – money here.

  18. Anonymous on December 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    Mmmm….. He was recently on a show on the ABC called Auction Room trying to auction some of his Holden collection.

  19. BB on December 2, 2012 at 1:20 am

    It just goes to show that things like guitars should be left to true guitar players and cars to enthusiasts. Steve has effectively driven up the prices of these things over the years so the real players/enthusiasts can’t afford them, only investors can. Now we learn the sales were mostly bull anyway…..

  20. blues healer on December 2, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I’m just another in this sad conga line of suckers. Had a pair of Strats on consignment at JRG for over 3 years. They disappeared from the website in May 2012 and I was informed that they had been sold. From then until mid-November I chased Steve Jackson regularly for payment. (He made $3000 from the sale of my guitars.) He’d always say that he’d get back to me (which he never did)…that the money was just around the corner. Two weeks ago, after being fobbed off again, I asked him if he was trading whilst insolvent. He denied this…and yet only a matter of days later the Deloittes letter arrived.

    Consignment law states that until the owner receives full payment for the consigned item/s, the items remain the property of the owner. It seems the only way I’m going to recoup my losses is to pursue the person/s currently in possession of what are, for all intents and purposes, stolen goods.

    No winners here. I feel totally shafted by Steve and hope that he is pursued by the full force of the law.

  21. Dick on December 3, 2012 at 1:56 am

    From my home in the Snowy Mountains i phoned the store about a Strat for sale,$5200.Put a $1000 deposit on over the phone.Had a think,thought it sounded a bit expensive so found one in the U.S,exactly the same,$3000 to my front door.Next time in Sydney used the deposit to take home a Taylor Big Baby from JRG ($950,about $200 dearer than elsewhere).Three years later,decided to sell the Strat,hardly touched it as i prefer my Gibsons.Phoned JRG to see if they were interested at $3k to be told “it’s not something we would buy but will put it on consignment.” I didn’t like the sound of that so declined.Hope this ends well for the consignees.

  22. Dick on December 3, 2012 at 1:59 am

    Some advice for consignees has appeared on relating to the recovery of gear from recievers.good luck!

  23. Lucky. on December 3, 2012 at 11:01 am

    8/11/2012 I contacted Jacksons to purchase a Heratige 150 Stock No.8155 advertised for $1500.00. on the Jacksons web store. I said I would give Steve $800.00 deposit and the balance the following pay 20/11. He told me that it was a one week sale only and had to be paid in full by 15th. I told him I’d get back to him, he never took the deposit.
    Would I have ever received the guitar I wonder?
    Was his actions legal under the circumstances?

  24. BB on December 4, 2012 at 1:55 am

    He has forced closure of the guitargear and other threads on this subject, threatening legal action. Someone should contact those shows he was on on ABC, ask them why were they giving air time to a lying debt ridden shambles of a business. I hope the law does catch up with him and he is made to pay. Then I hope he vanishes, and all his guitars and FB/EKs end up with people who deserve them, not “investors” who don’t give a stuff about their “investments”.

  25. JayG on December 4, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I was at a recent guitar sale at a popular pawnshop where two men disputed the price of an epiphone explorer. One claiming it is a $400 guitar and the other man (Steve Jackson) claiming it being a $1200 guitar. The man claiming it is $400 guitar said “I should know I sell guitars”, Steve asked where and the man replied in Annandale, Steve asked the man “whereabouts in Annandale”, theman replied on Gumtree. Moral of my true story, another falls victim to online sellers or should I say now that Jackson’s rare guitars is gone, a musician may be able to finally get that dream guitar at a realistic price?

  26. Andrew Nolan on December 4, 2012 at 10:46 am

    I am down $10K. I put a Gibson L4c 1950 and a Gibson 165 Herb Ellis with them and they are missing. I wish to contact others in the same situation so we can go to the police.

  27. TW on December 4, 2012 at 11:04 am

    Hey, well said BB (Dec.4, 2012)…. in just a few short sentences! All I can add is: “artificially inflated prices & artificially inflated egos” . Neither the classic car scene nor the classic guitar scene need them. End of lesson….that is all…..amen!

  28. Al on December 4, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Andrew I’ll contact you. I’ve been to Gladesville Police. If we can get more people on board who have been skimmed they will become involved. I’m flying solo here and could do with some help from other punters who have claims. I was never paid $5000 by JRG for a 90’s Rickenbacker 325 John Lennon “Hamburg” spec & a 1961 Gibson SG VOS Custom shop reissue.

  29. Anonymous on December 4, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    What a shame and a sham so it seems. I use to love going in that place with my young bloke for a look every now and then. Looking back there was something about the place that just didn’t seem right, plus the prices on most of the gear was well over inflated.

  30. Anonymous on December 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Terry W
    Some years ago I spent a lot of money with SJG, the most expensive being an Martin EC42LE Brazilian Rosewood. I just loved the guitar.
    Later I find it is not Brazilian but Indian and maybe worth $10000 less.
    My fault for not doing my. homework, but I trusted him and i have paid the price.
    This guy needs to spend some time where he can think about this.

  31. Brian on December 4, 2012 at 9:05 pm

    I”m sorry that what appeared to be a successful business has fallen apart leaving a nasty taste in many mouths. As a buyer I have to say I enjoyed my experience having dealt with Steve, Dave and Matt. Looking back, I often wondered why a guitars I had bought over a year previously were still listed on their web site as available for sale.

  32. Al on December 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    (Redacted) has a few questions to answer as well. He was Steve Jacksons right hand man. I feel he is also responsible in aided and abetted this activity.

  33. Barry on December 4, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Steve Jackson has no right in shutting down any guitar forum after all the crap he has done to his trusted clients. This is one of the first signs of his disrespect on this issue. Steve Jackson should sell at a fair price, all his Holden car collection, possible secret guitar stash, and any homes, interests, etc etc etc under his wifes or familys name etc immediately, and pay back all of his victims all they are owed. Not one cent less! After Steve Jackson has done this, he can then move on with his life. Till then, no time to waste Mr Jackson. Start selling!

  34. Andrew Nolan on December 5, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Thanks to those who have contacted me about this. The sooner we act the more likely we are to get results. It is important that the police become aware of the matter so that those concerned cannot leave the country or send consigned items overseas.

  35. Anonymous on December 5, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Just keep in mind that the administrators & legal people will get paid first…and they get paid a large percentage.

  36. GJH on December 7, 2012 at 4:44 am

    I feel after all the comments here and the legal push by Steve to close down discussion I must relate my experience : I was made redundant OVER 10 years ago and needed to sell a guitar to meet financial obligations.

    I was desperate to pay my rent & only went in originally to get a realistic valuation.
    Of course they said they could sell it less the (at that time) 25% commission.

    I thought that was fair (well I really needed the cash) but jeez, was I given the runaround.

    I had constant problems getting the money out of them – this was around 2001 !

    Although a pleading, grovelling email managed to get my money after a month or so, it would seem that Steve’s business model has been consistent.

    I’m ashamed I blamed at the time the salesman, who I will not name. Not his fault.

  37. EM UU on December 7, 2012 at 11:57 am

    I just read this quote on a forum:

    “Latest from the new receivers is that due to an “issue” with the consignment documentation used by the store, the $850k of consignment stock all belongs to Jacko, and will be sold to pay creditors. ”

    does anyone know if this statement is true ?

  38. EM UU on December 7, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    It looks as though there have been changes to the law in regards to consignment in the “Personal Properties Securities Act” of 2009 , this link explains it well, just replace the word “artwork” with “guitar” and you get the idea

    so basically anyone who had a guitar on consignment with “JRG” have unknowingly “given” the guitar to them, and are now “unsecured creditors” if they have the guitar registered with the PPS , then they are a “Secured Creditor” . That means once all the assets (consigned guitars included) are sold , the secured creditors will be payed first (banks etc) and the unsecured creditors will get whatever is left . That is how I read the situation.

    If this is the way it is,(I’m no legal eagle) then there will be some very irate people out there who had their guitars on consignment , and they now don’t have access to them.

    I wonder if mister Jackson disclosed this to the consignees when they placed their guitars/amps in his hands , If he has failed to disclose this , then I’m guessing that is cause for some sort of legal action to be taken out against him,

    I consigned some gear with him about 12 months ago and the paperwork he gave me never had any disclosure on it .(I just checked) I had a funny feeling about the man , so I went in a few weeks later and picked up my gear. I’m glad I did .

    If you are one of the victims here, I thought this information would be very helpful for you

  39. Bluey on December 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    My sympathy 2 ppl who had dealings with this shop. I narrowly avoided this as I had quite a few guitars on consignment & was eventually paid (weekly installments that continually had to be chased) a year ago. Most of them were bought from the store but when I consigned them a short time after was told their value had almost halved.There is another shop nearby (NOT Gallins tho) which I know to be worse. Overpriced & dodgy in selling faked old guitars. Those with consigns will prob never see either money or their guitars. BEWARE – never consign guitars & NEVER buy a used guitar from an inner -city shop. There are more fakes out there than you realise. Good Luck

  40. Collector on December 7, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    I am a guitar collector and I have to say that I always viewed JRG with some suspicion, based on the rediculous prices that I heard being bandied about over the years, and the one time that I visited the store in person. As a collector, I should have been (in theory) someone that should have been well served by JRG, but I can assure you that the BS I overheard during my first (and last) visit to the store convinced me instantly that I clearly wasn’t the clientelle they were catering for.

    So it does not come as too much of a surprise to now find out that the carfefully constructed facade of a successful “investment” guitar business has now come crashing down like a house of cards.

    I do however, feel for the unfortunate people who appear to have lost thousands. I guess the best hope is that it could be proved that the business was trading while insolvent – that’s when the money trail can be extended outside the business itself to the directors and others.

  41. Barry on December 7, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    The way I look at it, is that this is the theft of consignment guitars – if the guitars are not returned to their rightful owners. These rightful owners, own the guitars 100%, and I dont give a rats ass about what corrupt laws are out there protecting (people) if they dont run their businesses properly. Something is not right here! I think I might go to the local snack bar, and walk off with a chocky without paying, i wonder what might happen to me?

  42. Anonymous on December 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I’m a car guy and reading this stinks of EXACTLY what he was doing with FB/EK holdens, saying he had sold them at ridiculous prices but then – surprise surprise – the car he had “sold” happens to be in the background of a later photo. Another of his specialties was as with guitars, putting it out there that he’s a buyer of FB/EK holdens but turning up picking them to pieces and offering a fraction of the asking price. On an early Holden forum interestingly a couple of weeks before all this happened with the shop, he changed his username and took all identifiers as to who he was off his threads – a little suspicious?

  43. Anonymous - Dont wanna be sued on December 9, 2012 at 4:27 am

    So bankrupts can afford big gun lawyers to threaten peeps who put forward the victims side of the story but can’t pay the “little people” they owe money to – How does that work?

  44. Anonymous on December 9, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I can concur on the car situation. He claimed collecting these cars was his passion but it was nothing more than business. He would be a cellar dweller and buy the cars cheap, then sell them for sometimes five times as much, most times having done nothing to the car. Then the “sold” car could somehow turn up in his collection again.
    There was one poor sucker who paid $100,000 for an EK Holden of his with allegedly 9000 miles. Rumour has it he bought the car for only $20,000 barely a year earlier. And we all know of the “prototype” he was trying to offload mere months ago for $1,000,000.

  45. Anonymous on December 10, 2012 at 4:31 pm

    Well it just gets worse as far as I am concerned. I was a regular customer until 10 years ago and would get asked hard nosed “When are you buying another guitar?” up front. My answer was “never” because Jackson may have paid too much for US junk to start with and when the dollar rose he kept prices the same, didn’t even blink. I’m sure he “looked after” his regulars with mega bucks (the “100% trade in was the funniest gag of all time), lawyers/stockbrokers whatever who never took the guitar or amp out of the shop. Well do I feel sorry for them?
    Too many greedy investors, musos couldn’t afford it. So Jacko was effectively running a Casino, just like the stock market. He lost credibility a long time ago. I feel for those who foolishly trusted him.
    Yeah, and what happened to the Christmas pizza parties?

    Nick Woolfenden

    • EM UU on December 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Too True Nick, the Casino analogy is great, Never trusted him, never have , never will

  46. Anonymous on December 10, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Jacko’s could have rang unsold consignment customers to pick up their guitars but no he went into liquidation voluntarily meaning he called in the administrators , because he he knew other peoples guitars would pay for his debts, what a great friend hey…… Once a store with Boutique stock went into liquidation he went like a bat out of hell to get his stock, fought tooth and nail with administrator and got his gear back .

  47. Sydney Simon on December 10, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    I believe he owns a home in Haberfield? That is what he used to talk about wanting to buy. I got the vibe real quick when he said that a Martin guitar was owned by Neil Young,he only used it at home,pfft what a joke. Of course he always picked his mark,just imagine Him trying to ripoff a Rebel or Comanchero…….

  48. Guitarmodes on December 11, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    If no one is happy with the law on this matter it means that the law is wrong or that our interpretation is at odds with the law….we have representatives that take care of these issues. The affected guitar owners should get together and go political with this so that it never happens again.

  49. Anonymous on December 11, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    I quote from the Money Section of the SMH ”People have come into the shop and hugged me because they bought vintage guitars with their supers rather than putting them on the stock market,” Mr Jackson said. (sic).

    Mr Jackson acted fraudulently and can sue my arse for a start for defamation because getting my money on consignments was like getting blood out of a stone. Gluey fingers indeed. He shows zero contrition.

    Nick Woolfenden

  50. Anonymous on December 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Hey Guitarmodes – you have a point but the law is far from clear on this matter. It is like shifting sands as we are seeing. Meanwhile blogging like this is one (cheaper) way to scare people off doing the same thing, though Jackson would probably say “there’s nothing like bad publicity”.

  51. Anonymous on December 12, 2012 at 10:19 am

    I know there were lawyers, doctors, property developers and financial services people investing in guitars at JRG because Steve told me – they were his “cash cows” (pretty complacent attitude) and some may even have suffered as did many other less wealthy people like me. They often left the guitars/amps there for “safekeeping”. That graph in the SMH article showing value rises in guitars is not credible and is not referenced to any reliable source.
    So why not offer your services as a lawyer pro bono if you are out there good lawyer people if you are part of this circus?

    Does anyone know when the auction of gear he actually owned is? Could pick up a bargain to soothe my resentment! Just not a vintage guitar …… It will be interesting because the market is flooded with overpriced hand wired amps that are not moving!

    • Steve on February 3, 2013 at 1:08 am

      Actually the graph that was printed in the SMH is in fact CREDIBLE from VINTAGE GUITAR magazine, and permission to use it was sought by JRG to re-use it and that permission was given.

  52. Anonymous on December 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck then it is a duck.
    Us poor buggers who lost out won’t have the funds to hire a good lawyer to untangle this mess and the liquidators (well paid parasites) will obfuscate and eventually tie it all up to maximise their cut. The have nobody’s interest at heart except their own.

  53. TW on December 12, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Well said, Nick Wolfenden! Opinions in blogs are neither right nor wrong, and some stories can’t be substatiated….but facts are facts! ….and you have posted a link to a fact!. Jackson can’t blame the GFC for a downturn in values, as this very “positive” article was written only 2 years ago in 2010. …2 years AFTER the GFC hit!
    Good on you for having the balls to put your name with it Nick…… but.I reckon you’re pretty safe from defamation mate…..not a lawyer in town would touch this one (especially on behalf of a client with no dough!).lol.
    I’m still amazed at the similarites between his pumping up of the guitar market AND the EK/FB Holden market.

    • Al on December 13, 2012 at 10:11 am

      Jacko claims to the administrators that he only owned 10 FB Holdens but in the ABC program “Auction Room” he boast that he owns 40!! One he claimed was worth a millions bucks as it was supposedly a prototype. Also in the program Jacko had his eye’s on buying a 1969 GTS Monaro at the auction. He missed out on it thank God.

  54. Judge Dread on December 14, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Seems like the bullshit finally caught up. I have similar stories to tell but it’s all been said. I would like to know if there is a pending auction though, probably pick up a bargain or at least an honestly priced guitar or amp.

  55. Anonymous on December 14, 2012 at 9:49 am

    When you first meet Steve Jackson, you could be forgiven for thinking you had just met a nice bloke, but time reveals that there is more to the man than meets the eye.

    When you know someone for 35 years, you learn a lot. When you watch how they conduct their business dealings you learn so much more.

    JRG has always been run on the edge, the edge between continuing to do business for another day, and falling over like a house of cards. Clearly it has fallen over the wrong edge but this has been a long time coming.

    Consignments have NEVER been paid on time, and if you screamed loud enough, threatened long enough, you would get your money. But if you were a ‘soft touch’ believing what you were told to be true, you just sat back while the money from the sale of your guitar went toward the purchase of other stock.

    Finally, does the TAX department get called in on these things? Because then things would get very interesting I am sure…

  56. Anonymous on December 14, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    You should not be editing peoples posts! You have no right to do so…..

    • cxmagblog on December 14, 2012 at 4:11 pm

      I most certainly DO have the right to edit posts on the CX Blog! I do not ADD anything, but I sure do DELETE things that are either:
      (a) Clearly defamatory, or –
      (b) Clearly offensive.
      If you are objecting to CX managing its Blog, then find another blog!
      – Julius

  57. Bluey on December 14, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    To those hoping to snap a bargain if an auction of JRG stock eventuates – BEWARE ! : as many know there are too many fake ‘vintage’ guitars around. Especially since the release of artificially aged ones by Fender & Gibson it’s all too easy to swap hardware on a real vintage guitar. The only way to check for sure is to have an expert advisor take it completely apart & forsenically examine each piece. Worth the investment if you’re considering paying $15 to $100k for a guitar.

  58. Phill on December 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Disgraceful. I’m Glad I bought my first Telecaster off Mark Evans in 1994( as 70’s natural)-it was a fair price and has increased in value.. It was Obvious to me that when he left so did some of the Cred, I also bought another Tele in 2003, At Market value. I knew what I wanted and was not sucked into the “BS” vintage market.. Sounds like I got in before the Ego started to take hold. If my guitar was holed up in his shop on consignment I would simply front him at his door step and say pay up! Anyone who is owed.. get up a class action

  59. Radarman on December 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    The first creditors to be paid ( if there is the cash to do so ) is the Australian Taxation Office then the secured creditors ( banks , administrators etc ), then the staff I think ( Super and salaries ) and then all the no secured creditors ( you and me, shop owners for the rent due, printers, Ebay fees, power and water people and on and on ) . Those who have signed over instruments on consignment ( not me thank goodness ) at the rate of 30% sales commissions I think will have to whistle for the money. Now anyone can run into bad times especially in retail and as I have said before I always liked Steve and the team at JRG. The biggest problem that I can see is that Steve took on too much. Why have a vintage guitar and amp store carrying new English amps by the dozen, german guitars and many more new instruments. I loved the old instruments of the 1990’s he used to carry. Steve got too big and lost the core of his business. How many others have done that ? Global Guitars up the road is owned by Rene and he has kept to his roots. Japanese and US second hand instrument and lots of lefties. He is still open and I commend him to you

  60. Phill on December 15, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Was this a serious crime? who owned the guitar? was it insured?

    A $55,000 Fender Telecaster has been stolen from Jackson’s Rare Guitars in Annandale.

    Police said that the rare 1959 factory candy apple red Tele went missing between midnight Monday (March 30) and 11.30am Wednesday (April 1).

    The shop’s website said the guitar was in great condition.

    “The Candy Apple Red has faded to a beautiful tangerine, there is the factory black coming through with the Gold Metalic showing in the slightly worn area, where the player’s arm rubs on the top bout,” webstite said.

    “There are a few other small marks that you don’t see unless you look closely and the neck plate is worn back to the metal around the edges. “However, the whole back of the guitar has all its paint and has minimal belt buckle, certainly not anything to break the surface.

    “The headstock is in great condition with its original transfer logo totally intact.

    “The back of the neck has the lacquer worn down a few layers but not quite down to the wood.

    “In short, a guitar that deserves to be and would not look out of place in any museum collection but can still be played and enjoyed.”

    • Bluey on December 15, 2012 at 5:33 pm

      I believe the Tele was insured & they were paid out. Stolen ?
      Also there is I believe Govt legislation now to protect staff entitlements at least. Important to remember this is not their fault David & Matt are good blokes.
      Anyone who consigned won’t see a cent probably. Once consigned they effectively own it & are only agreeing to pay 70% of monies raised from its sale. Now the creditors effective own it so voiding that deal.
      At best consignees can only hope for a small percentage if there is any money left after paying tax office,banks,real estates,web domain fees,staff etc etc.
      Helps play the blues i guess…

      • Phill on December 16, 2012 at 9:57 am

        “good blokes” , Bluey, Good blokes would have run things slightly more ethically! seriously mate-all those contributing factors could have been avoided if they did not bite off more than they could chew.. and where a bit more honest in there dealings.. In the business world some people would refer to some if not all of this recent behavior would be referred to as sa “pondsee scheme”

  61. Anonymous on December 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    This is a classic case of someone getting rich out of going broke. I had 2 GTRs in the shop at the time the suits went in. I am 1st time consignor. Jacksons emailed me when one of my gtrs was listed for sale on eBay. They offered me my buy it now price & they would add 25%+GST. This was in aug’12. Any discounting will be deducted from their 25%.this all is documented in the email thread and shows my naïveté in the whole process.

    I feel completely swindled! I walked into the shop with 4k worth of gtrs and walked out with a piece of paper( goods received doc ) that could be worthless according to Jamison Louttit. I had never heard of the so called PPSA & why would I. I don’t sell goods on consignment for a living. Jacksons, as they never issued a formal consignment doc which should have a copy of the act on the back in fine print. Just like hire doc or a lease agreement. Failed to inform me of my rights to protection, and appear to have obtain my goods by deception.

    Upon doing research the Liquidator has recommend that people like me register my situation withe Commercial Fraud Squad and he will happily give anyone the direct details to the officer managing the case.

    Furthermore the PPSA clearly states that in sect C) of the act :-see below, people like me are protected.

    I hope this helps to add a positive note to what seems to be a no win situation.

    From the PPSA act 30/1/12

    commercial consignment means a consignment if:

    (a) the consignor retains an interest in goods that the consignor delivers to the consignee; and

    (b) the consignor delivers the goods to the consignee for the purpose of sale, lease or other disposal; and

    (c) the consignor and the consignee both deal in goods of that kind in the ordinary course of business;
    but does not include an agreement under which goods are delivered to:

    (d) an auctioneer for the purpose of sale; or

    (e) a consignee for sale, lease or other disposal if the consignee is generally known to the creditors of the consignee to be selling or leasing goods of others.

  62. Anonymous on December 16, 2012 at 4:26 pm

    Steve Jackson owes me $6K for a guitar left on consignment, either the Administrators pay up or I will pursue the person who now has possession of the guitar. I have not been paid thus title has not transferred. That person can chase Jackson for the $9K he paid.

  63. Dono on December 16, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    My understanding was Jamison Louittit were only brought in due to their legal standing and the high possibility of them (redacted) to sell the 850,000 of consignment guitars to pay creditors (to which they seem to have been successful).

    I have lost guitars as a result that were only placed in the shop 8 weeks ago to the tune of 7,000.

    Steve Jackson is walking around knowing full well what he has done, and appears to have no remorse for his actions even trying to stop the freedom of speech on the internet about what has been going on. Steve and his staff had more than some idea of the state of their business some months ago and should have been at the least telling consignees to register with the PPSA. Please remember the law is to protect business, there is an old saying “give a man a gun and he can rob a bank, give him a bank and some lawyers and he can rob the world”.

    Bottom line all the musicians such as myself have lost dearly for Steve Jacksons dishonesty, and now have nothing….no money no instruments. Very un-Australian for this to happen…..

  64. Barry on December 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    Radarman’s comment about those English Amps, should note from where these amplifiers originated from. They originated from Musicground! I dont need to tell you about them, as you worldly forum readers should all know about these shady characters by now!

  65. Barry on December 16, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Anyone wanting to snap up a bargain at any Jacksons Rare Guitars Auction if it ever happens, should be thinking about how they can actually contribute to returning any guitar or amp etc back to the innocent original owners instead of buying it for yourself, by bidding on any item by sabotaging the auction by overbidding, and not paying. Will it work, I dont know? Will anyone break the law? Is there such a thing as a law, after what Jacksons Rare Guitars Clients are going through right now? It may require some team effort to achieve the objective, probably over several failed auctions until they give up. Even pretend to buy outside the Auction, with no intention of buying. Something has to be done, as the consignment laws are corrupt!

  66. Guitarmodes on December 17, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    For those who have their consigned guitars insured…Do you think the insurance company could have a say in the retrieval of your instrument? They surely have an interest.

    • Bluey on December 17, 2012 at 4:31 pm

      Steve soley ran the shop , with his missus the accountant. Staff were not aware of the problems & were caught out themselves. Pls try not to blame all staff for this mess.
      The only positive that can result from this mess is that ordinary players & musos may in future be able to afford decent guutars as the over inflated high prices will hopefully now be a thing of history. Oh & some dickhead baristers who can’t even play won’t hide nice guitars in their vaults .

  67. Dave on December 17, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Having just spoken with Jamieson Louttit they are apparently seeking legal advice regarding the sale of consignment stock under PPSR. I have read all the posts here and while it may help to have a vent on this forum it isn’t going to return your guitars or mine. I myself have 2 in enforced storage at the moment. I don’t know if someone has already got a list of interested parties like me together. We are not going to get anywhere fighting our own battles. I would like to put something together here and hopefully get this sorted – my email for those interested

    • Bluey on December 18, 2012 at 1:10 am

      Refer to article in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. Mentions administrators report of 4/12/12 raising concerns that JRG may have been trading whilst insolvent since June 2010 !
      Also that the Personal Properties Securities Act effected on 30/1/12 requires consignees of any goods to register their goods on an electronic register called the Personal Properties Security Register to protect their interest in any goods should the company go under.
      Won’t do any good to most who’ve lost here but worth mentioning to anyone considering consigning in future.

  68. Dave on December 17, 2012 at 6:14 pm

    Another bit – PPSR legislation is not mandatory between consignor and consignee however is the mechanism used to remove title over goods. Seem a bit strange? As it is not mandatory there is no obligation to include or make reference to in a contract of consignment. Furthermore I find it hard to believe there is no onus placed on a business who (arguably) primarily deals in stock on consignment and would therefore be more aware of legislative requirements than the average punter off the street. Business to business I accept there is a need. The legislation is relatively new (early 2012) and I cannot find precedent similar to this situation.
    My email is in the post above and as such would like to compile a list 1.Those who had stock on consignment. 2. Those who had PPSR.
    If you know anybody in this situation direct them to this blog or ask them to get in contact with me asap.

    • Leon Rabin on December 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      I had stock on consignment and as I had never heard of PPSR I never registered. Had I known, of course I would have registered ! Jacksons should have been aware of the act and told us about it ! !

  69. Barry on December 17, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Just looked at a ASIC Creditor – Watch curiously for the first time on the internet, and noticed a sleazy overpriced, overhyped, Vintage Guitar Store in Sydney named after a Petula Clark hit, in a possible similar situation as Jacksons Rare Guitars. Has this just happened?

  70. Anonymous on December 18, 2012 at 8:12 am

    Well if Down Town Music has hit the wall too we are in big trouble. The only winners here will be the liquidators and Grays Online. Please confirm or deny!

    • Bluey on December 18, 2012 at 11:31 am

      Don’t know if DTM are going under,but could relate many stories about them if I wasn’t cautious of being sued. My dealings & others I know of with them warrant strongly urging to beware of doing business there. If you have a guitar there get it out.

      • Anonymous on December 28, 2012 at 10:34 pm

        Been into downtown a few times and luckily the rude arrogant staff turned me off buying anything. Some grumpy old guy had the store shut mid afternoon because he was taking a nap on the couch in the show room!! how do they survive ??? The store is full of either second rate gear or over inflated “vintage stock”. To be perfectly honest the whole strip is a vipers nest.
        If I can offer any advice on Steve Jackson is pull off a ASIC company extract on his company and if he is a director it will have his residential address listed……,

        • cxmagblog on December 31, 2012 at 7:58 am

          This post shouldn’t have been approved – it slipped through the xmas web – please don’t encourage acts of personal harassment against Steve Jackson or anyone.

  71. Dave on December 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    This time without a baby what needs feeding.
    PPSA – both supplier and retailer deal in (eg. guitars) in their ordinary course of business – a commercial consignment. A commercial consignment does not include goods delivered to a merchant whose creditors know is selling or leasing the goods of others. As shown in earlier posts C) – E).
    Does anybody know specifically in what area Jamieson Louittit are seeking clarification?

    • Anonymous on December 19, 2012 at 11:44 pm

      The questionaire that Jamieson Louttit sent to consignors had questions like. Have you sold guitars by consignment with JRG s in the past? Did you register you GTR with PPSR etc. They are testing the water to see how many consignors like myself are first timers and were contacted by JRGs via eBay. This is going to be a landmark ruling and if proven that JRGs have been trading whilst insolvent since June 2010 and that he was using ebay to replenish his stock before going into voluntary liquidation he could do time. Fraud is a serious effence and is not treated lightly in the eyes of the law. If we lose our Gtrs I hope they through the book. BTW only one consignor out of hundreds of consignors had his GTR registered with the PPSR. And he has had his GTR returned and has been removed from the creditors list.

  72. […] As CXBlog points out, the insolvency and liquidation of the store’s assets includes an upstairs safe-room that’s a veritable treasure trove of rare guitars, some worth up to more than $50,000, but many of the owners of the guitars – who were sold them on consignment – may see their possessions scooped up to help pay off debts as part of a bizarre legal loophole. […]

  73. Moi on December 18, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    so is Steve going to gag the newspaper article too?
    and who’s got the balls to open a new store called “Jakson’s” in the old building haha

  74. Anonymous on December 18, 2012 at 8:00 pm

    10 cars??? he regularly bragged of having 40 + cars although alot did seem to change hands fairly recently strangely enough to familly members, one person has recently said about buying a car for around the 100k mark was because Steve’s buisness was in trouble this sale was well over 12 months ago, also funny how he wants to shut people up on the internet when it’s not to his benefit yet when he wants a myth to become reality as in the case of the EK “premier prototype” he’ll run with it and put it everywhere on the net

  75. Anonymous on December 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    10 cars? Pffttt…… Theres more than that hidden away

  76. dave on December 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm

    What a bunch of noobs. Maybe if they didnt sell the guitars that were on consignment the guitars would still gain value and nobody would be in this mess

  77. anonymous on December 19, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Its common practice to put assets in the name of family members prior to going under. In fact I thought Steve did say at the car auction certain cars were owned by people other than himself.

    • Craig on December 21, 2012 at 1:12 am

      Other people like who? Mickey mouse? Wayne Kerr?

  78. pete on December 20, 2012 at 11:22 am

    When all this happened i made a comment on Facebook saying im sorry that Jacksons is gone as i always had good purchases there and never had problems with consignments…and that is true. Until reading all of these posts i had no idea of the disgusting ways of Jacksons. My heart goes out to all who have suffered the greed and lies of one person and i hope you all get some results. I was on the verge of putting my 335 on consignment there a few months ago…guess im one of the lucky ones.

    • pete on December 20, 2012 at 11:31 am

      i should say i did most of my dealingd there with Dave

  79. Leon Rabin on December 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    If we can get however many consignors together, we can all chip into a fund to hire an attorney to act for us. I really think this the only way that we may get our guitars back. If you’re interested please contact me at

  80. anonymous on December 20, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    I used to enjoy visiting the shop ,in fact ……….forget it! I”m very sad for people who trusted him and put their property with him. i was about to consign five guitars so i”m happy in a vague sense. I cannot except that staff were not aware as to the extent of this situation . My business is so regulated I would have legal consequences in acting like this.

  81. Andrew on December 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    In January 2007 I spoke to Steve Jackson about selling a 1965 Lake Placid Blue Strat I had purchased from JRG in 2003. In fact, before I had even left the shop, Steve pointed out the customer who would likely buy it (the customer being in the shop at that time, although I did not know him). Apparently the customer particularly wanted a 1964 model Lake Placid Blue Strat as, so I was told, he had owned a 1964 LPB Strat as a young man and had sold it to fund his wedding (or some emotive reason).

    Within seconds of me leaving the shop, Steve sold the Strat to that customer as a 1964 model. Steve told him that he could not take off the neck to see the neck date because it might chip the lacquer. Steve sold the guitar for an enormous sum higher than what he had told me.

    In 2008 I managed to contact the purchaser and he confirmed the facts by email. He was livid. I provided him with a copy of JRG Tax Invoice from 2003 clearly showing JRG had sold it to me as a 1965 model.

    What makes this story even more repugnant, is that many customers whom I had met through the shop and had regular contact with, thereafter made me “persona non grata”….cut me off and out of their lives like amputating a limb. One who has just lost two guitars in this mess even had the audacity to call me last week.

    Had I briefed a law firm specializing in criminal law to deal and liaise with NSW Police, I bet it would have been a different outcome.

    • Andrew on December 22, 2012 at 11:10 am

      Note to website manager: your editing of my comments (above) are cowardy. It is hardly any wonder that JRG has perpetrated the acts that it has.

      • cxmagblog on December 22, 2012 at 12:15 pm

        Notice to poster: my editing of comments here is about keeping this Blog online. While I can (and do) resist and deter legal threats, I’m not prepared to criminally defame anyone. I draw all poster’s attention to the laws of defamation where the publication (this blog) AND the writer, are jointly liable. If you have a claim to make and you really want us to publish it, send us a statutory declaration sworn before a JP along with proof of claims made. We will probably then publish, attributed to you. That’s how it goes. – Julius

  82. Andrew on December 22, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Hi Julius, I presume a signed NSW Police Witness Statement is even better.

    • cxmagblog on December 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm

      Police Witness Statement is good – remember it is untested in court. To report this we MUST state your name and the circumstances. Please email copy of statement to me, at:

  83. Barry on December 24, 2012 at 2:50 am

    Andrew, a couple of my comments have been lightly edited or refused publication. Thats okay, its better than nothing. Julius has no choice, and I feel is doing a good job under the circumstances. So in part, I agree with Julius on the current situation here, and also with yourself. The big newspapers “Letters to the Editor” or Internet Forums such as – e.g. ” Tell us what you think about this issue?” are undemocratic, because I’ve experienced the way they refuse to publish my accurate comments about a corrupt local Council or Politician. Always the the lowest common denominators get to comment in the newspapers. In this situation I believe there is a Church and State comparison e.g. Media/ Journalists and Politicians being mates. That is why newspapers are going down the drain. They are more interested in the Social Climbing pages, and protecting their mates! I bet you could not have the comments on this page, in either the big, or the smaller/ regional papers owned by the big media moguls.

  84. anonymous on December 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

    Like many I enjoyed visiting the shop. Sure, its different circumstances now , but the display was great. I remember meeting a Wiggle , can”t tell you his name or colour but he said he had to bring in any new buys home discretely . Like me , my new purchases gradually saw the light of day. Still , this is not making light of a serious situation.

  85. Anonymous on December 26, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    I spoke with Steve early November seeking information on a rare guitar I own and hoping to sell. Whilst we chatted for about 10 minutes on this guitar and other rare guitars eventually I didn’t go any further with this as he was unfamiliar with this particular brand of guitars.

    Now seeing what has transpired later that month I consider myself fortunate my guitar is stil here with me and not consigned to JRG.

  86. Guitarmodes on December 28, 2012 at 11:59 pm

    It appears that Jamieson Louttit may be trying to prove that the government was negligent in notifying the public of the new act. “I just think the government has done a poor job of explaining this,” says Louttit. (ref.
    A big call, a clever company if they can prove it.

  87. Anonymous on December 29, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    Don’t fall for it….. You still retain ownership of your guitars under consignment …. Deloittes were going to give them back……Go all of you sit in the administrators office and don”t leave till you get your guitars………

    • cxmagblog on December 31, 2012 at 7:50 am

      CX has followed the PPSR legislation story for some time now. We advise against radical action or hassling the liquidator – in this case, he is actually trying to resolve the legal position which, on the surface, looks bad for guitar owners. Louttit would reap fees if he just sold the guitars, the PPSR legislation overrides original ownership. Louttit will probably work for nothing, if he manages to override the PPSR and return the guitars to the original owners. So give the guy some oxygen, he really doesn’t have to do anything other than call an auction.

  88. Anonymous on December 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    Louttit is getting ahead of himself ,the new act does help to take some of the risk out of consigning especially when the consignment is sold. It does not change the fact that the consignment stock does not change ownership until it is sold, thats why consignment stock does not appear on the company’s balance sheet. Consignment should be rightfully given back.

  89. Anonymous on December 31, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    I read somewhere that it was suggested that the shop’s consignment invoices may be considered as illegal documents, which translates into null and void contracts. If that assumption can hold water, then the consigned items belong to the rightful owners and should be returned to them (the “illegal” documents should state the original owner). Don’t give up guys, this new PPSR law has not been tried in court on guitars and amps which ARE NOT works of art, but tools of the trade, some collectible, and some worth a lot of money. Calling these items works of art is just a salesman’s angle. If Leo Fender was still alive he would laugh at that description.

    • Leon Rabin on December 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm

      That is a very valid point I would think. I am in the middle of getting some legal advice and I’ll bring the attorneys attention to this.

  90. Sydney Simon on January 1, 2013 at 11:33 am

    The consignment contract is for the Shop to sell the guitar. If it can not, or does not sell the guitar, it is owned by one person only, the Original owner. Until the guitar is SOLD, the only person that owns it is the Consignor, not the shop, not the Liquidators. The Auction has no legal right to sell something that is not theirs or that they (The Auctioneers) have not been consigned to sell by the original owner.It is an assumed right that can be challenged.

    List the item as stolen with the Police. Take the Auction house for selling stolen property.Each owner of a guitar take independent and collective legal advice (start a contact list) and take the Liquidators on. Hit them with a summons & Force them to block the listing of the instrument until the legal aspect is resolved.

    • cxmagblog on January 1, 2013 at 11:51 am

      Simon, CX is VERY sympathetic on this, and an apologist for no one. But the PPSR transcends ownership in this instance, UNLESS the liquidator can obtain a court opinion otherwise. And we may add, IF he does this, it will be at his own cost since we don’t think there are many assets in the collapsed firm OTHER than the consigned guitars.

  91. Andrew Nolan on January 2, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I have been going through all these forums about JRG and one interesting fact has come out : no-one admits to have purchased a guitar from him that was the consigned in recent times. There is a very real possibility that these items were sent overseas either for sale or storage. The liquidators make no mention of a buyer list, which would required under the NSW second-hand dealers act. Its a matter of time before a consigned ‘sold’ guitar turns up, I wonder where it will be…?

  92. Anonymous on January 3, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    If it holds true that Jacksons were trading insolvent prior to PPSA commencing shouldn’t all consignment contracts be void? I know for a fact that if they were trading insolvent you can go after directors personally.

  93. Dave's not here. on January 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    Only just heard about Steve’s demise … I am a bit out of the loop these days.

    I have know Steve for over 30 years (although, I haven’t really seen him for almost 10). I worked at Rock Repairs, where I was taught how to make “fake” L series Strats. I worked with Steve in the early days when he had the room upstairs from the Bass Player, and helped him fit out the shop when he opened up next door … and for him at JRG where I used to take the “dodgy” vintage guitars and sell them to the other guitar shop just up the hill on Parramatta Rd. Not long after that, I got a job at the “other” shop, which made it really easy to move these “less than authentic” instruments … the owner was a moron and happily purchased whatever we set him up to buy. All a long time ago, and lots of fun (and $$) at the time.

    Steve did a great job of setting himself up as the vintage guitar guru in Australia, he convinced just about everyone the he was the most knowledgeable expert on guitars in the country … such a good job infact, that his reputation is known worldwide … but you already know all that. Needless to say, he knows a hell of a lot about picking the fakes (see above).

    Very sorry to hear that many have been burnt, however there are alot more that probably don’t realise that their prized custom colour vintage Strat is “not quite as it appears”. I was never involved with selling to the public, only to other retailers (who should have known better) however, even when times were good, there was always a large number of “copies” being peddled through the back (and front) door. One thing about JRG’s selling technique with these instruments was .. he never outright lied, but it was what he didn’t say that mattered.

    I miss the days back in the 80’s were I could buy an old Fender/Gibson for a cple $100 from the guy that came to “trade it in” at the other shop (I told him the owner didn’t want these old guitars, but I had a soft spot for them) … and then sell it to Steve for a grand, and he would then stash ’em in his private collection (if it was a good one) or onsell for some stupid $$ … the good old days.

    I hope it all sorts itself out, and those that had stuff stored on his premises get back their instruments … however don’t be surprised if, when they go to re-sell them to one of the really knowledgeable dealers overseas, they discover that they are “Rock Repairs Vintage” only.

    • Phill on January 4, 2013 at 7:38 pm

      Jeez Dave! I’m glad you enjoyed “the good o’l days” Ripping people off. You actual seem proud to be involved? pre internet it was hard harder to get facts,email companies/shops all over the world and if the fake was extremely good then what chance did the customer have? especially if people like you where involved.. Now that you have absolved your self because quote “I was never involved to selling to customers” only to retailers.. Mate you made fakes! and frankly you are no better then Steve Jackson or any other person who deceives people regardless of the industry you work in!

      • Dave's not here. on January 9, 2013 at 12:54 pm

        Hi Phill,

        Not really proud of what I did … and not trying to justify it. The info was given more as background as to how I know what went on. Yes … I helped to make fakes. I reshaped bodies … penciled in dates, re-sprayed with nitro … stuck ’em in the freezer and then chucked ’em out in the sun to craze up … learnt how to date pots … learned how to make wiring and solder look old … learnt how to change or create neck dates … how to pull parts off Mustangs, JM’s, Jags, Bass VI’s etc and make them look like they belonged on Strats and Tele’s and all the other tricks that were used “back in the day”.

        At the time is seemed like a bit of fun … I never imagined these guitars would end up being traded for huge sums of money.

        Late 50’s and early 60’s Fender guitars are rare … of the 300 custom colour starts that were imported, there are only 800 left.

    • EM UU on January 6, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Nice Dave , So you worked at Rock Repairs and the early days of JRG ….. I remember you 🙂

      • Dave's not here. on January 9, 2013 at 12:55 pm

        Yep … most likely you do.

        /hides under a rock … just incase!

    • Anonymous on January 8, 2013 at 5:52 pm

      after ready some posts on here…especially this one im seriously doubting the authenticity of my Strat. I purchased a 62 strat from downtown about 12-13 years ago. it was resprayed and a few parts not original and i was fine with that. It played great. I took it to Jacksons some years ago and Steve looked at it,the neck stamp had been sanded of but he assured me it was legit and gave a rough appraisal (well,what he would pay me for it!!)
      i was happy with that. But after reading ‘Daves’ post…….well,its a real possibility it was dodged up at Jacksons then sold to Downtown….who knows??? Hopefully i will find someone honest to give me a real idea of what i own…and if it was faked….well,at least i now know where to start with legal proceedings…

  94. anonymous on January 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Its hard to go past Mandolin Brothers , Gruhn and Stan Umanov when you talk about reputable dealers. I bought a Martin D 28 about five years ago that Steve assured me was a 1966 model on the basis it had a brown pick plate . Black pick plates from 1967. Any person can confirm with Martin guitars the date of their guitar , . This guitar ,which i purchased was a 1967 model with a newer brown pick guard. There was no need to bullshit. Steve kept saying it was a 1966 model . In reality,no big deal it is a great guitar even with the repaired broken neck that the afore- mentioned US dealers would have advised.

    With commissions of 25/30 % on sales I would have thought a viable business. That said Im sure the GFC would have had an impact on this business. This stopped the merry – go -around. Still ,I”m Sad -apologies to the Yardbirds.

  95. Vince on January 5, 2013 at 9:53 am

    My heart breaks for the people who have left consignment to Steve. I cannot believe that Australian law will allow the creditors to sell their guitars to others and then these people will see their stolen guitars for sale on ebay. This is going to create a nightmare very soon unless the consignees get their guitars back

    • Leon Rabin on January 5, 2013 at 10:46 am

      Should that happen, it would really be a travesty of justice.

  96. DAZZ on January 5, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Steve Jackson knew what he was doing
    i put a guitar in two years ago to be sold after 12 months i phoned still no sale
    i phoned after another six months and his ” hey i just sell guitars here’ guy informed me that a deposit had been paid
    after another three months i phoned and the guy still had not paid the rest
    my wife said to me “this guy is suss”
    i decided to get out of anything to do with Jacksons
    so i went in and took guitars as payment for mine
    six weeks later he went bust

  97. SGC on January 6, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Like others here I was contacted by JRG regarding a high-end guitar that I had listed on eBay. Clearly there is a pattern. The message, sent September 20th, said:

    “Would you consider consigning the guitar with us if you have no luck on Ebay? We are hungry for stock and are offering 25% commission at the moment, it’s the first time in 15 years we’ve dropped our fee for service.”

    Thankfully I passed on their offer and managed to sell the guitar without their “help.” Fingers crossed the many affected parties will come out okay in the end.

  98. DAZZ on January 6, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    Im compelled to elaborate a little on my experience at Jacksons
    The way i found out that my guitar had a deposit put on it was by a POA on his web site on my guitar
    so i phoned “HEY I just sell guitars you need to speak to steve guy”
    said to me when i asked “? why it had gone to POA
    a Deposit was taken for it
    I asked when
    he said to me ” six weeks ago
    i said to him Why wasnt i informed”?
    M The “hey i just sell guitars guy said to me “its not up them to inform me”
    i then did the right thing and basicaly lost my temper with him and questioned what sought of buisness conducts them self in such a manner
    The “hey i just sell guitars guy” said to me “you need to speak to Steve
    he then hung up on me”
    I dont blame him because i was ready to elevate someone at Jacksons from thier spleen at this point.
    After calming down enough to phone him back and attempt to deal with the issue and not man
    i asked when could i get paid for my guitar
    he said he had never seen it as bad as it was at the moment and the vault was full of guitars in the same boat
    i then came to realization that my guitar was being used in curcular money/instrument scam
    were the instruments were being obtained/consighned sold and the owners of the guitars were then being forced to wait long periods for payment even tho the instrument had been paid for in full

    This type of scheme/scam works well when instrument prices are up but over a period of time it slowly but surely spirals to its inevitable end as seen by the demise of this operation

    Was it fraudulent ? Thats for a court of law to decide
    Was it morally and ethically wrong Yes !
    Did he and his long term staff know what was going on Yes !
    Has he got a stash of instruments tucked away some where Yes !
    Will he ever get his reputation back with guitarists No!
    I smelt a rat ,my wife smelt a rat
    i knew i was caught in his game
    like i said in my last post i wanted out fast because1 realized i was being played
    so i went in and took guitars up to the amount of what Jacksons owed me
    i was trapped and i new it

    it was my only way of never ever have to do buisness with Jacksons again
    Now sadly for me i have to go and pull one the guitars i got apart
    to find out if hes done a scam on me with it

    At the time i thought to myself this guitar just looks in to good a condition to be that age
    after reading about his modus operandi
    and it looks like hes had one for quiet a while
    i may have been right

    • EM UU on January 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Surely there are enough people out there who can band together and get charges laid if all these allegations are true, If everyone with a “story” or “experience” pooled their info, wouldn’t that be enough to make these people accountable ? I know they shouldn’t get away with it

  99. Tatsuo on January 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    EM UU I agree completely, I’m very ready and willing to pool my story which is quite similar to Dazz’s ) however I didn’t get any stock from the store) and out of pocket for many thousands which I can’t afford to lose, I was selling my instrument to fund the larger percentage of a medical procedure 🙂

  100. Andrew Nolan on January 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I spoke with Balmain police and they basically consider the matter to be a civil one, that is, the receiver is empowered to investigate the allegations, of which they have been made amply aware. The advantage is that it saves money and engaging lawyers, once the allegation are shown to have substance then ASIC / the police would start their own investigations. The other thing I havent heard clarified is whether JRD was actually involved in SMSF’s, or whether they simply held guitars in secure storage.

  101. Anonymous on January 7, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Well…what a debacle…..I knew the whole lot of them for years, never took any notice of their bullshit numbers. Remember the ??’53 Les Paul Custom ? No serial number “because it was a ’53”, even though they didn’t make them until ’54. It seems the whole industry has some massive re-building of trust to do. In the meantime, sell among yourselves at the prices you see on US E-bay….and keep the traders out.

  102. Anonymous on January 8, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    after ready some posts on here…especially this one im seriously doubting the authenticity of my Strat. I purchased a 62 strat from downtown about 12-13 years ago. it was resprayed and a few parts not original and i was fine with that. It played great. I took it to Jacksons some years ago and Steve looked at it,the neck stamp had been sanded of but he assured me it was legit and gave a rough appraisal (well,what he would pay me for it!!)
    i was happy with that. But after reading ‘Daves’ post…….well,its a real possibility it was dodged up at Jacksons then sold to Downtown….who knows??? Hopefully i will find someone honest to give me a real idea of what i own…and if it was faked….well,at least i now know where to start with legal proceedings…

    • EM UU on January 8, 2013 at 7:18 pm

      If you want a genuine appraisal from a reliable expert, then take it to Piers Crocker , he is the only one I trust

    • Dave's not here. on January 9, 2013 at 12:41 pm

      Hi Mate,

      If you purchased a vintage Strat (or vintage anything) from DTM, it’s authenticity would be severely questionable. As for who to take it to for a unbiased opinion in Aus … as I have been out of the loop for about 10 years, I can’t really recommend anyone. There used to be a guitar repairer that worked out of the back room at the Bass Player (no name mentioned for obvious reasons) … they also worked “repairing” many instruments from JRG that were later sold.

      Nuff said

  103. Jimbob on January 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    You could also try Frank Grubisa. Like Piers , Frank has been working on Strats and over Vintage guitars for over 30 years and his knowledge and workmanship are top notch.

  104. Anonymous on January 9, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Thanks…..sounds like a good idea!

    • bluey4 on January 11, 2013 at 2:53 am

      Frank is very good. You may also want to try Al Rigg – a true set-up wizard & very knowledgeable. Both are good honest blokes from my dealings.
      A check of Fender/Gibson reference books/Web-sites will accurately reveal the total number of guitars they produced during the ‘vintage’ era. Seems like twice as many guitars as they made ended up in Australia.

      • TW on January 11, 2013 at 10:01 am

        Reply to BLUEY4: Yes Al Rigg seems like a nice guy, and you are right, he sure knows his stuff. I bought a pre-L Strat from him once, but now knowing how close he was to JRG, and a closer inspection of the guitar, I’m a bit concerned.
        This JRG scandal is all such a mess, but at least it’s out in th eopen now for us all to investigate.
        It might be good to hear from Al here…I assume he’s following all this with interest?
        Thanks to Julius for providing the forum here.

        • Anonymous on January 11, 2013 at 7:44 pm

          Here here!

  105. Anonymous on January 9, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Piers Crocker has gone North, I heard.

  106. wisernow on January 9, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I have just been re-watching an interesting ABC programme that I was shouting at when it first screened, knowing what the real story was. is now doubly interesting. Sickening

    • Collector on January 10, 2013 at 11:52 pm

      The worst thing about revisiting the Collectors programs which featured Mr Jackson is that the values he sprouts forth for the guitars are just so obviously nonesense, even in the excesses of the pre GFT market. I wonder where the ’59 LP is now…

      • Anonymous on January 11, 2013 at 12:38 pm

        Yes!! Ive been wondering that too!!! Though i could take a fair guess…

  107. Andrew on January 10, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Steve Jackson seems to have been running something of a Ponzi scheme. The old saying still applies. If it seems too good to be true then it probably is.

  108. David McCarroll on January 11, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    For anyone reading this, the “Dave’s not here” poster, who appears to have worked at both Rock Repairs and Jackson’s Rare Guitars, is most definitely NOT me (David McCarroll). I have never posted on this blog, and this is the only post I will make on it (this is just in case anyone, like the person who commented “ah, I remember you”, does in fact think it is me posting). I have my own views on what happened, and will happily share them privately should anyone want to know, however I really believe there is a huge amount of speculation, exaggeration and just outright lying being posted here.

    On the internet, everyone becomes an expert about things they know barely anything about, and whether JRG was involved in shady business is really up to the administrators, and if necessary, our legal system to determine.

    FWIW, Piers has not “moved North” as someone put it, and to the best of my knowledge, as well as being probably the most skilled luthier/tech, is also an unfailingly honest and straight person.

    David McCarroll
    Sydney, Australia

    • Anonymous on January 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      I’ll agree to you character ref for Piers. I have known him for 20 years and his level professionalism is second to none.

    • Tatsuo on January 11, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      As one of many here defrauded by JRG to the tune of many thousands of dollars and given the barrage of lies and deceipt Steve spewed out over a period of months, I can tell you it doesn’t take an administrator to know that shady dealings were commonplace at JRG.

  109. EM UU on January 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

    To David McCarroll – It looks like your paranoia has got the better of you, “Daves not here” could be anyone , not necessarily an actual person named David either, you obviously needed to distance yourself from this situation otherwise you wouldn’t have declared your innocence.
    your quote
    “however I really believe there is a huge amount of speculation, exaggeration and just outright lying being posted here.”
    is unfounded,and reads as another attempt to distance yourself from the JRG situation. There are too many people who were burnt by JRG over the years , with a large number having lost thousands due to JRG holding funds after sales and before receivership.

    If you are happy to share your views privately – then why no contact details?

    there are a lot of very angry people out there who were burnt by JRG, to simply say its a lot of speculation,exaggeration and downright lies on this blog doesn’t sit well with the people who were burnt,
    It’s not just the guitar community either, the Holden community have very similar views. All these people can’t be wrong can they , I think not


    • TW on January 12, 2013 at 11:58 am

      Good on you EMUU ……well replied!

    • David McCarroll on January 13, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      Pardon me, I thought the post had my email address attached to it. As I said, I am very happy to share my views: – I really don’t want to be part of this blog for a couple of reasons. I met Steve while we were both working at Rock Repairs, we became very good friends, we played in a couple of bands together in the 80’s. Ironically, we both left Rock Repairs as, under ownership post Alan Rigg (funny how all the same names keep cropping up ennit?) we both felt that a certain level of dishonesty and just plain incompetence had crept into the business.

      A couple of years later Steve asked me to come in and do a bit of tech type work at JRG – set ups, intonation, the odd fret levelling, electrics repairing, that sort of thing, I was happy doing this – hey, I enjoy it! Eventually however, he wanted me to get more involved in sales, which I was not comfortable with (I am not by nature a sales person), however I persisted working Saturdays for a couple of years – I mean, hey, the pizzas were great!

      Eventually, what i couldn’t countenance was the, what was it, 30% commission JRG was charging – okay, so “vintage” guitars were skyrocketing in value, but with that sort of commission, it seemed to me that only dealers were making anything out of this (don’t forget, JRG were only the local part of a worldwide trend for stupid inflation on vintage guitars – the same thing was happening in the USA and Europe, and in 1989, the prices in a vintage guitar shop in Paris made JRG look like a bargain bazaar!), so I left. I still dropped into the store maybe once every two months, however I found Steve becoming increasingly distant, whatever, I guess he felt a bit betrayed that I had resigned.

      Bearing in mind that I was only there on Saturdays (and this finished around the year 2001), I cannot honestly say I saw any shonky dealings regarding the provenance of instruments in that time, but maybe I am just dumb, I dunno.

      What happened to “guitars as investments” is in no way unique to JRG – you can buy a 100% original 1965 Strat for about $10K right now in the States – if you don’t believe me, check out the prices at Emerald City Music in Seattle. Many years ago, someone, can’t remember who (Gruhn maybe?), said the only true “investment” guitars are pre war Martins, the original Korina Explorers and Flying Vees, 59 Les Paul Bursts, blackguard teles and 54 Strats…. looks like history might have proven their view correct.

      EM UU, I don’t want to distance myself from this blog due to any kind of paranoia, it’s more that Steve was a personal friend for a long, long time, and as such, I just find this whole catastrophe very, very sad for all concerned.

      Dang, does that qualify as a second post, or can I call it a reply? If anyone wants Piers details regarding having work done, please feel free to contact me via email and I will happily pass them on.

      Cheers, David McCarroll

      • Dave's not here. on January 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

        Hi David … longtime no see.

        David McCarroll is not me .. and I am not him. We know each other, although I haven’t see him for over 10 years. I am sorry for any misplaced belief that I was you … bad choice of anonymous naming by me.

        Best thing I can leave you all with is some advice. The vintage guitar business in Australia is full of rip offs. Biggest issue is that the so called “experts” .. which includes just about all the names in this blog .. have trained up or advised so many people over the years on how to pick the authenticity of guitars. At all times during their training and advice they covered their own arses by neglecting to tell, or incorrectly advising about certain traits that could be used to pick the fakes they made.

        It’s what happens when huge $$ get involved … take a $5k guitar add a weekends work … sell for $50k … never ever ever buy a vintage anything from an Australian dealer.

        Not much more to add to this blog … Jacko’s gone … people have been ripped off .. if this ever goes to court and Jacko starts “naming names” just about all the “trusted experts” will go down with him … but it will never get that far.

      • EM UU on January 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm

        Thanks Dave for your honesty ,
        Something that was obviously lacking in the later years of JRG. I didn’t have any dealings with them in the early era,so I probably have never met you. I was too poor to walk into the store back then.
        In my opinion it all went down hill after the fall of the economy worldwide,
        desperate times calls for desperate measures.
        I never trusted him at all, He wouldn’t give me the time of day until I walked in with something of value, then he would roll out the red carpet….. His shallowness and unrealistic opinion of himself scared a lot of business away.
        It was only a matter of time for the JRG demise, unfortunately the people he left by the wayside are the ones that have suffered. I luckily removed all my dealings with JRG long before they went down.
        EM UU

    • Anonymous on February 3, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      There were 2 Davids, 1 kept telling me that they had a buyer & it was advertised until the last day. i ask for it to be returned but insisted the buyer was still there. Now theres no sign of my PRS or who they may have sold it to.

  110. DAZZ on January 12, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Speculation exaggeration my Arse
    Thier are lot guitar owners who just arent in it for the hype ohh i own a 57 oh i own a 59 what A Wxxxxx
    like myself i use my guitars as work tools i consighned my Guitar to JRG guitars because i didnt know a lot about the elite world of vintage instruments
    i wanted to turn one vintage guitar into three working guitars
    i put my trust in Steve HE turned out to be an old time medicine show man
    i was waiting not only for my money which i never got
    BUT for Steve to pull out a bottle of “Steves Genuine snake oil Elixer “that he was going to sell me to cure all my medical ailments as well
    how can anyone who is in the Australian guitar vintage instrments industrie not be damage by whats coming out on bloggs like this
    How can you trust any of them do they have a accerdited organisation to keep standards validated ?
    im sure that Steve would have done Just as well if he would have bought a Car Yard on Parramatta road
    what would u call it mmmm
    what about
    Steves Dodgey Deals or
    Steves Stolen goods
    our MOTTO
    “all spedometres wound back for free”
    “100% trade up to someone elses car”
    “Complaince plates repaired and replaced”
    ” If its not 59 it will be by time you get back”
    “Would a face like this Lie “?

    what a disgrace the damage he has caused
    but you can thank him for the education that weve all got out of the whole sorry biz

    “By the Elixer and i will throw in a free snake with it
    its real old snake you know ”
    it Comes from the Delta its the real deal mmm……

  111. David on January 13, 2013 at 10:20 am

    To EM UU on previous post. There are a lot of anonymous posts here, a lot of miss information and speculation. David McCarroll has posted to say he has not posted previously – that’s it. I have never met the bloke. There are processes currently in place which may or may not return our guitars and/or monies. It’s really easy to get angry about this situation however all our time would be better spent constructing something concise which can be presented to the police/administrators/legal fraternity/press and federal government members. I offered in previous posts before Christmas to facilitate this however out of 108 people effected on consignments alone I received 4 responses in total. To “Daves not here” – if this stuff is true you obviously know quite a bit about what went on – email me at address shown in previous posting. To everybody else – don’t believe the hype – email me your situation so we can get this moving in one direction, particularly as it looks like the administrators are seeking a court hearing regarding PPSR.

    • EM UU on January 28, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Hello David,
      My reply to David Carrolls post was simply to point out that his post seemed reactionary over the “Dave’s not here” post , and that he hadn’t explained himself properly. He has since replied with more detail which has explained everything. It’s unfortunate that he had to post in the first place , but thanks to “Dave’s not here” he did.
      As I have said previously I had removed all my gear from JRG before they went down, A couple of friends weren’t so lucky , I have alerted them to this blog long ago, and whether they contacted you or not I don’t know. that’s their business.
      You are correct that the has been a lot of misinformation and speculation on this blog, none from me though and I have remained anonymous as have many here who own vintage gear and don’t trust the situation.

      I hope you get your equipment and or money back, I also hope Mr Jackson faces the music …… but somehow I doubt it

  112. Anonymous on January 15, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Someone asked about the ’59 Les Paul. I have heard that either it, or a ’60 model, is the subject of its own court cases involving an inflated bullshit valuation and the non-passing on of monies due……..sound familiar guys and gals ?????????
    The Big A

  113. Glenn Peters on January 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    As a long time player and former local resident, I’ll briefly share my experiences of JRG. The attitudes I experienced there were unlike any others I’ve experienced in any guitar shop anywhere in the world. The first occasion I walked in as I was interested in a Tele on display. I knew the instrument well as I’d owned one years ago and had done exhaustive research on the model and year. I doubt that anyone anywhere knew more about that particular instrument as I did then. The sales spiel I was spun was nonsense, but I stood there quietly and listened. I think the proprietor must have gleaned from my facial expression that I wasn’t buying it, and he suddenly became incredibly hostile, saying “There’s only two types of people who buy this guitar; collectors and rock stars, and I don’t think you’re either of those, so F*%K OFF!” I was gobsmacked, and was quite happy to walk out and spend my $7k elsewhere, which I did. Over the years I heard many stories similar to mine. When you lose touch with where your livelihood comes from in a small business (your customers) and view everyone who walks in as a sucker with dollars in their pocket that belong in yours, it will all end in tears one day. And it has. I hope everyone who has consigned instruments gets their instrument or money back.

  114. Anonymous on January 22, 2013 at 2:38 pm

    I took my 62 strat a few years back when Jacksons first opened and Steve said “I have never seen this one”!! So?
    I had no intention to sell it(I paid $200 in 69 when I was still in High School. He tried to talk it down, but it did not work and I still have it. I feel real sadness reading all the threads and hope you guys get your guitars back,.

    Do not give up.

  115. AccaDacca on January 25, 2013 at 9:11 am

    To quote from ‘Dave’s not here’ post from January 4th

    “I worked with Steve in the early days when he had the room upstairs from the Bass Player, and helped him fit out the shop when he opened up next door … and for him at JRG where I used to take the “dodgy” vintage guitars and sell them to the other guitar shop just up the hill on Parramatta Rd. Not long after that, I got a job at the “other” shop, which made it really easy to move these “less than authentic” instruments … the owner was a moron and happily purchased whatever we set him up to buy. All a long time ago, and lots of fun (and $$) at the time.”

    There was only one Jackson’s Rare Guitars employee who later went to work for the “other” shop on Parramatta Rd. He was a bass player who in the 70’s played with a well known Aus rock band.
    Can’t recall their name but from memory it had something to do with household powerpoints.

    • EM UU on January 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm

      haha …. very subtle ….. NOT 🙂

      • AccaDacca on January 29, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Sorry EM UU, couldn’t help myself 😉

        I think this is an appalling situation, & feel lucky that I removed some gear for sale a couple of months before the shop went under. I have bought & traded @ Jacksons for many years, but felt the shop/business was moving in the wrong direction with ridiculously high prices (compared to the rest of the world) & outrageous commission (33%). That & Steve’s ‘dodgy used car salesman’ tactics really put me off, so I slowly exited the market over the last 5 or so years. Like you, I have vintage gear & wish to remain anonymous.
        There is really nothing else to add to what has been already said by many here. I too hope Mr Jackson pays the price for what he has done, but I doubt it. He had obviously planned this move for some time, & I’m sure would have sought legal advice long before he went into voluntary liquidation.
        Not only has he caused a great many people personal financial loss, he has also damaged the vintage guitar market here in Australia.

  116. Andrew Nolan on January 25, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    Further enquiries have revealed that JRG is currently a licenced second hand dealer no 2PS03744.
    The helpful man at Fair Trading read a section of the Act out that dealing in consigned goods required the second-hand dealers licence, and unless he was exempt, appropriate record keeping including a regular report to the Police pawnbrokers unit via a computerised database.

    I urge all those affected to lodge on-line complaints with Fair Trading, and ASIC.

  117. azza on January 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    I have been lied to for some time. i asked for my guitar back( prs95 10s top) several times. Matt kept telling me that he had a buyer every time as it was still advertised up until the last day. I now find out that i could have been sold some time ago. For everybody else, i will make sure that current affairs will knock his door down.
    Just with the conversations i have steve didnt do this alone in my opinion.
    Until i get my guitar or money, if there are no records of sales, these are stolen goods
    I want my 95 whale blue PRS 10s top guitar back

  118. Glenn Peters on February 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Sadly Azza, it’s likely your beloved axe is being played by someone else who bought it from JRG. This had to happen so the proprietor could buy another vintage car. He’s a very important man, don’t you know, and you’re just one of the little people who don’t matter. He’s a very important man, please know your place 🙁

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      your right on, who the #### am i

  119. Andrew Nolan on February 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Further to my last message the police from the pawn brokers unit rang me and said that everyone affected by missing guitars without payment,or notification should go to their local police station, even interstate and lodge a complaint by giving a statement. Be prepared to supply full copies of emails, letters, invoices, serial numbers and descriptions of instruments. You need to say that the investigating unit is Glebe Detectives at 02-95560602 who are aware of the matter,
    The officer I spoke with has now communicated with Jamieson Deloutit as well as NSW Fair Trading. The second hand dealers licence has been cancelled.

    • Anonymous on February 6, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      That’s great news, I will pass this info onto my friends who are involved, hopefully there will be a result sooner rather than later ,keep at it guys, don’t let him get away with it

  120. Pete on February 6, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    After reading how a lot of people got ripped, hind sights a great thing. I remember going into that store a few time 20 years ago because mates always said he had great prices. He was way over priced then! You’d get the speil about how RARE the item was. Give me a break – Gallins (guitar world back then) were selling second hand gear of better quality for half the price! $100000 for a strat – indeed….

  121. heavy leeroy on February 7, 2013 at 8:55 am

    i only meet steve on two occasions my brother traded a 52 tele reissue on a 335 , the 335 was over priced at $4000 but he gave him $2000 for the tele and steve said i will give you full price $4000 trade on the 335 if you decide to trade it back as long as the guitar is in the same condition , so my brother said cool its a deal . after about a month my brother took it back to trade and steve said i can give you $2000 for the 335 thats when i said but you said you would give full purchase price trade in,thats when steve said thats only if you buy a guitar over $8000.what a con man…

  122. Barry on February 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Pete, Gallins Guitars I remember 20 years ago or so, unlike what you say, were exactly like Jacksons Rare Guitars with the overvaluing of Vintage Guitars etc. They all wanted to rip us off. Speculators like those should have no part in the Vintage Guitar Scene. Buyer Beware!

  123. Anonymous on February 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Yes, i have done both thank you. We should all support each other to make sure that we are all heard & have some chance of get something done,

  124. guitarmodes on February 11, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Has anybody seen the confiscated guitars….a secretary, cleaner, security, window cleaner, taxi driver…come on you know the Australian way.

  125. Andrew Nolan on February 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I have been informed that there was a secure storage location off the premises, near Penrith, I think it is possible that missing stock might be still there.

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2013 at 12:40 pm

      Hey that is great news. do you think that detectives have forced the issue ? I’d say that they are being bombed with statements now

  126. Peter on February 16, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This all reads like a horrible nightmare! I am so glad that I held off from putting a ’64 custom colour Precision on consignment in Jackson’s a few months ago. They were very intent on railroading me into forwarding it to them for consignment stock. This news story and associated thread has brought me out in a sweat!
    That said, my previous experience with Jackson’s is also a sour one. The aforementioned bass was purchased from his store about 10-12 years ago (would you believe it was a consignment item!!) – I bought the bass, got it home, and discovered under finer scrutiny that the bass was suffering a terrible issue with its frets! I was young with stars in my eyes, blinded by the glare of Steve’s reputation. I felt a fool. They knew the bass had concerns and withheld that information from me. (Why I subsequently called them to re-sell this now re-fretted P bass is beyond me?!)
    I, too, hope that Steve and his store are pursued vigorously by police and all relevant parties.
    Adios Steve

  127. Anonymous on February 16, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Well not much real real meat about where the owners of Con guitars are at the moment here any more
    i have a compulsion to vent here i go!
    where Steve is at the moment
    probaly not in a good place
    hope hes got a good wife
    because if he doesnt
    when the money runs out well
    and the prestige ooh and the so called real freinds
    theres just gonna be a collection of stuff “other peoples”
    lets see if his fxxxk you jack its all about me and my toys lasts with the missus
    and “you know kids i did all for you goes”

    just a few other experiences with steve

    when i tried to get the last money that Steve owed me he made me wait for a good half day when i turned up unanounced
    it wasnt much but it was the last of the balance from the guitars i had to take because i new i wasnt going to get jack SHXXXT from his sorry situation that i cottoned on to
    the first problem was the money never got to the bank account
    so i paid a unexpected visit to him again
    ohh he said some of the numbers on my account i had given him were wrong
    nice try steve

    notice how i use a little s for steve fron now on
    so i waited until he did the transaction again thank my lucky stars he had enough to pay this punter
    lucky for me didnt give it another red hot go
    i think he worked out i would be back again

    thought 2
    The guy who enjoyed telling us about how he worked for a few guitar shops on the once creditable guitar strip of PARRA road
    Sounds like parts of book that i didnt buy or parts that he wasnt game to put in
    how can anyone want to boast about ripping people off
    i tell you the Old four stringa was no different to any other rocknroll Whxrx
    maybe he should apply for a job next door to sj’s defunct biz he’d be good at it

    • Dono on February 22, 2013 at 9:03 pm

      Let everyone know that guitars taken from JRG will all be returned, letters to go out next week ……. Can’t wait to get them back…….spoke with the lawyers today and the court has ruled in the owners favor…..

      • Leon Rabin on February 23, 2013 at 9:49 am

        II really hope that this is the case. That would be fantastic !

      • Leon Rabin on February 23, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        Hi Dono, That would be fantastic !

      • David Quinn on April 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

        Got my gtrs back today! Haazar!

  128. Steve on February 22, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    It gets worse people…..GUITAR CENTER in the USA is also about to go belly up! Yes, the biggest music retailer in the WORLD is about to go under. And keep in mind that is where the BURST BROTHERS work out of in the Hollywood store! See what happens when customers constantly screw the dealers for lower and lower prices, it simply is not sustainable. There is a lesson in here somewhere that i fear few will take anything away from.

    • Glenn Peters on February 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

      Where is the evidence that “Guitar Center.. is about to go belly up..”?

      • David McCarroll on February 25, 2013 at 10:18 am

        Assuming the Guitar Centre is about to go belly up (anecdotally i have heard they are seriously in debt, but no hint of this….), they will almost certainly take Gibson, and most likely Fender with them. For what it’s worth, despite their less than stellar reputation on various forums, I have always found The Guitar Centre staff helpful and knowledgable, and, contrary to accusations, their vintage pricing is actually pretty good. (damn, I posted again….)

  129. Anonymous on February 23, 2013 at 7:58 am

    HHi Dono, that is great news, But the last thing the heard is there is no trca of my PRS, he has sold it & no trace of paperwork unless it is still hidden. what chance do you think i have?

    • JM on March 3, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      Hey all,I really hope you can recover your lost guitars,and any money owed.
      I personally had dealt with Steve for the first years of the shops incarnation,but after doing business,and I mean some large transactions,it soon became apparent what an absolute liar,dishonourable,un Australian piece of shit this human being was,and I never dealt with him again.Jail is the only place for this conman.Hopefully jail time would allow him to consider,his evil ways,and why he was plagued with illness…..may he rot.

  130. Anonymous on February 28, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Steve, you have got to be kidding! “Customers constantly screwing the dealer” ?? We’re talking about a guy who in this case was selling guitars at phenominal profit margins and still went bust due to bad accounting and greed.

    There in so lesson in here, expecially the one you are trying to teach.

  131. john on March 1, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Hi everybody who has had there guitar sold & lied to. & havnt seen there money. We don’t get a letter to say our guitar will be returned. Just been told by detectives that we have to appoint a solicitor. after weeks of waiting, & that we should a all group together. Is there anybody willing to do this with me, or i join in if somebody. I have going around in circles for months.

  132. Dave on March 4, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Hi John.

    I am very keen to chase up on this. Still have to speak with the adminsistrators to find out what is going on. Have not received any correspondance for a while. Be nice to have an update, seeing how they have my contact email.

    Justice for all. lol

  133. Simon Wilkins on March 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Hi All,

    I spoke today (5th March 2013) with Louttit’s team (the current administrators for Jacksons) and they have confirmed a number of things (my interpretation of the conversation).

    1) An update letter was mailed to all the creditors (registered with them) on Friday the 1st March 2013.

    2) The letter contains details of how the court has ruled in favor of current consignees who have stock seized by the administrators and kept in secure storage at Gray’s Online, indicating that they will have their instruments returned to them.

    3) the letter also speaks about a future Gray’s online auction selling off any unclaimed gear or gear owned by the old business. Louttit’s said that current consignees are welcome to add their gear to the auction if they would like to. The proposed date of the auction is Mid April this year.

    4) With regards to people like John (see previous post) and myself, its still unclear what will happen. Louttit confirmed that they have spoken to the Police and have been advised that each person should approach their local Police station, fill in a Fraud Kit, and inform the police that the coordinating Police are the Glebe detectives (see Andrew Nolan’s posts above for more detail, hopefully the letter will spell this out in more detail) I will be talking to the Police.

    5) Louttit also confirmed they have checked out the Penrith secure storage facility extensively and there were no instruments stored there. Rumors persist so not really sure about this one.

    6) I did ask Louttit’s if they are talking to all the staff from the shop, and they confirmed that they are in contact with all of them.

    My own circumstance is that I had a guitar consigned, supposedly sold as it’s not amongst the lucky ones currently locked away. Louttit will begin sleuthing through all the sales and accounts information from Jacksons to try and see what happened to all the “sold” missing guitars. I think their intent is to begin investigations once the current consignees are sorted.

    Also, I did consign my guitar prior to Jan 2012 so I have now registered it with the PPSR. According to Louttit, this doesn’t mean I am a secured creditor, but it does mean until I am paid, I am arguably still the owner. Its only a small ray of hope, but its something.

    Check out the PPSR site, if you have a guitar missing (like mine) you may still be able to register it online. I have subsequently registered it with the PPSR. I think technically its defined as a “Transitional Security Interest”, or TSI.

    I am meeting with my Lawyers this Friday so any more information I get from them regarding options I will post on this site.

    (FYI I have made other posts regarding this topic on other sites under my username Inomukas,)


    • Yet another screaming for justice on March 9, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Simon, who is the “Grantor” in PSSR ? Is it JRG or you (the owner)? Thank you.

      • Simon on March 9, 2013 at 8:54 pm


        the Grantor is you as the legal owner of the item.

        According to my Lawyers, if you have your item (guitar) registered with PPSR all it means is that you have a secured interest in the item until you are paid. I guess this would help if the police were able to find or recover the item.

        Good luck my friend…

      • Simon on March 11, 2013 at 7:41 am


        You are the “Grantor”,


      • Simon Wilkins on March 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm


        With regards to your question re the “Grantor”, that will be your details,


      • Yet another screaming for justice on March 11, 2013 at 10:37 pm

        Thank you Simon, much appreciated. PSSR is now in place. Good luck to all of us defrauded of our instruments. Karma will catch up with those responsible, I just hope I’m there to see it happen.

  134. David on March 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    I had a very intresting conversation with the Administrators today. I am in a position where I had a guitar on consignment for quite a while. I purchased it originally from Steve for a hefty price. When the financial crisis happened, I knew the prices would drop so I placed it on consignment. It was listed on their web site, I monitored that web site often to see if it was still listed and it always was. Even when I occasionally flew back to Aust, I would pop in and ask about, they even showed me the guitar. When I finally moved back to Aust and started work again, a colleague of mine was flying to Syndey to do some work, he is also in a band. I ask if he could drop in Steve Jacksons store and ask about it. Well suprise surpise, my mate was informed that the guitar was sold a couple of weeks ago. Feeling rather pissed off that Steve had not informed me, I rang up. Steve mentioned that he would send a cheque when the money had cleared. (Alarm bells ringing in my head now) I rang up a week later and spoke with Matt who said the guitar had been picked up and the money will be available soon. Anyway. It was all bullshit lies. It seems that the Administrators have no record of sales at all for my guitar and Steve claimed at the first meeting that he had not falsified any sales. Well, Steve must be operating on a completely different level to eveyone else.
    Another annoying thing about Steve as well, is he seems to be playing the victim here. When I found out he was going to be speaking at the first administrators meeting, I knew it would be to give some sob story to make everyone there feel sorry for him. I also thought that if he ever had to front court, he could use that meeting as some sort of guesture that he was sorry for what happened and spoke with all parties concerned. He is only concerned for himself. If I was to do what Steve did as an Indivdual, I would be in jail right now, but what is stuffed is as a Company you can do the same and get away with it. I am not sure what happend to my guitar. Only Steve or Matt knows.
    I also know that Steve somehow managed to shut down another guitar blog, through his supposed lawyer. Steve found all the false statements that were been made about him very hurtful.
    Well everything in regards to my guitar as stated above did happen and is 100% correct. Sad thing is sometimes the truth cannot stand up in a court of law. I pray for JUSTICE.

    • Al on March 9, 2013 at 7:25 am

      I approached Glebe police on Wednesday. There is no file on the JRG case nor a detective who was willing to help me. Louttit’s are going around telling people in letters that they have contacted the police in this matter but its completely false.

      • Anonymous on March 9, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        I’ve also been having ploblems at Glebe police. for the last 2-3 weeks they have messed me around but today they sent me a fraud kit as we dont have tham in victoria. But i think that they will contact Jamiesn & loutitt to tell them its not there problem

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Hi David, I have the same problem, he had my PRS advertised up until his last day. i wanted it back & i’m from melbourne, so they kept telling me that they had a buyer for it. I believe David is in on it as well, he kept feeding me the bullshit. No record of it of course but i do have a signed delivery docket from couriers please & Matt signed that he had recieved the guitar.

  135. AccaDacca on March 11, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Hi all,

    Steve Jackson is according to his Facebook page, now manager of the Armidale Club.

    I presume this means entertainment manager (ie band booker).

    Here is a link to the website (although no mention of Mr Jackson).

    • Anonymous on March 11, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Spot on , he does work there, should we confront him.
      I live in Melboure , happy to come to Sydney

    • Anonymous on March 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Don’t think that they have bands, but can tell you he works there for sure

    • Anonymous on March 11, 2013 at 4:18 pm

      Wonder if he’s playing my PRS there, or anybody else’s loved guitar

  136. Anonymous on March 11, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    II think i got david mixed with the 2 Matts that worked there. Either way they gave me some bullshit, while my PRS was still up for sale on the site, they gave me bullshit as to why i could by some of the other stock. They were sold but stiil advertised as well. His sale team should be under investigation as well

  137. Anonymous on March 11, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    i’m prepared to go up i don’t take to kindly to threats made to have me dealt with from private No’s, because i know he is watching this, make it clear this is not a threat but would rather sort this face to face where nobody is hiding behind private No’s

    • TW on March 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      Go for it…you know you have plenty of support from many on here.
      Make sure you catch any confrontation at the Armidale Club on video though mate…it should make for some very amusing Youtube footage!


  138. Andrew Nolan on March 14, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    i spoke with Glebe police and they ARE investigating the matter. Its just that the officer who answers the phone is not aware of all the cases they are investigating. Another phone number to pass info along is the NSW police assistance line 131444

    • Anonymous on March 15, 2013 at 8:20 am

      Constable Kerin is handling thr matter at Glebe Mate.
      Fill in a Fraud kit

  139. Andrew Nolan on April 15, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Has anyone given money to the liquidator for them to investigate Jackson, as per their letter?

  140. Anonymous on April 18, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Just heard Jacko is not selling his cars as he said in the first meeting

    • AccaDacca on April 27, 2013 at 11:36 am

      That’s disappointing. Although he does seem to be employed by the Armidale Club so maybe he will use his wages to help pay off the creditors. You can always ask him by friending him through Facebook:-)

  141. Anonymous on April 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Are there any details yet on potential auctions of items?

    • Leon Rabin on April 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Regarding the auction , go to for items to be sold at auction. Auction begins May 8th at 4pm and finishes May 14th at 8pm. Auction to be held at Grays Online ( “Grays” ).

  142. Grant J on April 28, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    mmmm. only just discovered this blog after giving up on either getting some money for three ‘lost’ Gibsons, including a ‘ 68 335m, custom shop LP and an old Firebird. Looks like Matt and Steve had only one line of talk when it came to reporting on the status of the consignment sales. Must have had a room full of laybys!! All bulls**t. I had given up, thinking a complaint to the fraud squad would be like pi**ing in the wind, but maybe not.
    Anybody had any positive response form the police?
    BTW, I think it is fair to assume that once the liquidators and/or the tax office have finished there will not be much left to fight over in the end, and no, I didn’t see any value in putting good money after bad to the liquidators!!
    I hope whoever has my guitars is getting some joy from them!!

    • john on April 29, 2013 at 8:00 pm

      You must contact glebe police who are investigating, ask for constable vella. we need every person & imformatiom possible to get some movement
      happening A.S.A.P.

  143. Phill on April 30, 2013 at 6:29 pm


  144. EM UU on May 1, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Here the current list of stuff @ Auction,

    not much vintage gear that I can see, does that mean everyone got their stuff back ??? I seriously doubt it

    • Stampy on May 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Seems that almost all the vintage stock was on consignment. Very little outlay yet he still managed to go broke.
      Still, my kid is going to like one of those lefty Hamer XT’s

  145. David Gilmour on May 2, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    What action is being proposed by the investigating detectives ?

  146. Steve Tonks on May 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    I certainly didn’t get my ’64 Hummingbird back, damn you Steve Jackson, asshole!

    • Anonymous on May 5, 2013 at 8:57 am

      Glebe detective as many people to come forward with claims . I heard 200 guitars are unaccounted for, but vey few have notified detectives. One bit of imfomation to from anybody to find 1 guitar, may leed to the lot

      • Ripped Off on May 5, 2013 at 4:50 pm

        If your guitar has not been located by the Administrator and returned to you by now, then it was most likely sold by Jacksons Rare Guitars prior to their ‘voluntary’ insolvency. If you did not receive any payment for said guitar(s), then this constitutes THEFT in NSW and you need to contact Detective Bernadette Vella at (02) 9556 0635 (phone) or (02) 9556 0604 (fax), 368 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041. Someone else now ‘owns’ your guitar, but most likely it can be recovered by the Police because that someone now ‘owns’ stolen goods. Don’t hesitate, get your theft claim in ASAP. A statement, some proof of prior ownership (photo etc), and the JRG ‘Goods Received’ docket or other should be sufficient. Likewise, if you paid money to Jacksons Rare Guitars for a guitar you were trying to purchase, but never received said guitar, then your MONEY was stolen, so file a report accordingly for this as well.

        • Glenn Peters on May 7, 2013 at 12:12 pm

          Problem is, if someone buys a product from a trader in those goods, they receive them with clear title. It’s called the ‘doctrine of apparent (or ostensible) authority’ and any prior claim to title is null and void, the only claim can be liquidated damages from the trader. You cannot claim the goods back from the ‘new’ purchaser. Ask a lawyer, it’s an old doctrine from common law. Sorry 🙂

  147. Julius Grafton on May 6, 2013 at 11:02 am

    If your guitar has not been located by the Administrator and returned to you by now, then it was most likely sold by Jacksons Rare Guitars prior to their ‘voluntary’ insolvency. If you did not receive any payment for said guitar(s), then this constitutes THEFT in NSW and you need to contact Detective Alicia Taylor (newly appointed from May 2013) at (02) 9556 0635 (phone) or (02) 9556 0604 (fax), 368 Darling Street, Balmain NSW 2041. Don’t hesitate, get your theft claim in ASAP. A statement, some proof of prior ownership (photo etc), and the JRG ‘Goods Received’ docket or other should be sufficient. Likewise, if you paid money to Jacksons Rare Guitars for a guitar you were trying to purchase, but never received said guitar, then your MONEY was stolen, so file a report accordingly for this as well.

    • AccaDacca on May 7, 2013 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Julius, good advice for anyone who hasn’t recovered their gear.
      I have reported the non return of my vintage AC 30 in this manner & encourage anyone else in the same boat to pursue this course. The more complaints received, the more likely the police will act & possibly bring fraud charges against Mr Jackson.

      • The Phantom on May 7, 2013 at 6:37 pm

        I think most of the punters realise that they won’t ever see their guitars again. What they would like however is Jacko charged with trading while insolvent.

  148. Anonymous on May 15, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Hi every body who hasn’t got their guitar back. Constable Alycia Taylor has taken over the case from constable Vella at Glebe Police.
    I told them that I got some bullshit about having somebody may
    be buying my guitar for 6 months & other stuff in the shop advertised
    that he told me that i cant buy.
    Anybody that hasn’t come forward yet, please contact the police
    WE will have an out come.

    • The Phantom on May 16, 2013 at 12:12 pm

      Yea I dropped into Balmain Police this morning to drop off fraud kit. The police are now taking this matter more seriously as more punters are coming forward. I urge anyone else that was bitten by these sharks to do the same. The wheels are in motion. Speak to Constable Alycia Taylor. Case number C51048857.

  149. Anonymous on May 19, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    anybody know what happened to the stuff on grays all dissapeared before the end

  150. Anonymous on May 25, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    So how would the price this got compare to what it would have retailed in his shop.
    I’m guessing a massive difference ?

    • TW on May 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

      If you look closely, I think you can see Jacko’s retail price tag hanging there….$7,450 ….(close to double what it actually brought at open auction!!). Does anything else need to be said?

  151. Anonymous on June 23, 2013 at 10:47 am

    I have known steve for some 30 years now i guess, and i know for fact that he made many collectors huge amounts of money, i know guys who sold guitars and made 20 or 30 k and more thru steve, i personally seen my collector friend drop off his 50’s tele on consign and then 6 months later the pick up payment and profit of 50k, steve was a magician no one could turn over guitars like him.

    So there may be stories of guitars selling that really didn’t, but i know for fact he sold many for big money and made many collectors very happy, and i know all about the slow payments and all the bullshit but he always came thru up until this last year…..but now i cannot believe this has happened and one of my collector friends has been ripped off 2 guitars gone and no payment, i called steve and his wife after 30 years knowing him he has just totally shut me out, i am not owed money and called just to hear for myself what happened but he wants no part of it, no response, very very strange i thought i could get to him but seems he has cut off everybody, good or bad.

    The vintage market in australia has taken a huge blow now he has closed, i’m not defending him here what he has done to cause so many to loose so much is just the pits, but there was a time when the old jacksons was fun and we all did ok, i know steve overinflated prices duhh , but all a buyer had to do was research a bit, there are 100’s of stores in the usa selling vintage or ebay or call piers crocker as many have said piers is the best, i learnt a lot from piers and steve, steve was very very good at picking up faults after years i learnt it all too. Thats what investing and collecting does, just a bit of research would tell a buyer what a guitar is worth, if you paid steve too much then you got burnt cause you could not be bothered to research ,sorry but get over that, steve was in business to make money.

    So if you bought a strat for 90k that was only worth 40k then you stuffed up , theres not really anything wrong what steve did here, morally yes but legally no he was there to make money, but this latest thing that has happened is just unbelievable, seriously ripping people off was something i did not see coming from steve , i know my friend who lost 2 guitars called the liquidators and the guitars are not there so steve has sold and pocketed the money my friend realises this and all he wanted really was steve to admit he stuffed up then my friend could relax his search for his guitars , and he is another who wont go away, he wants money or guitars , steve u should know you can run but there is no where to hide people want there money , raymond this is not good clarice would be very unhappy

    • Phill on June 24, 2013 at 7:53 am

      The wheel turns! The law protects people like Steve to a certain extent. I’m not using this blog to wish harm on him or his family. Yes he was in a business to make money! who is not? but not all business’s are in it to rip people off, lie,cheat and steal! that Puts Mr jackson in a “class” you seem to be forgiving of his actions until he decided not to talk to you and until only one of “your” mates got ripped off.

      • Anonymous on June 24, 2013 at 9:50 am

        Well Put. Couldn’t put it better myself

      • Anonymous on June 24, 2013 at 4:05 pm

        As I have said before it is a classic example of people getting rich out of going broke. I have experienced it to many times in one lifetime.

  152. barry on June 25, 2013 at 2:58 am

    So Steve was in it to make money legally, and its okay in general, to rip people off, that is, if you can get away with it. You obviously dont know nothing about earning an honest dollar idiot, and treating people with respect when running a business. If I paid $90k as a inexperienced buyer,instead of the average market value of $40k for a strat, according to you, its all my fault for not researching about that guitar etc. Steve Jackson was running a top shelf business, along with portraying the deluded media image to his clients, should of been 100% honest when it came to portraying his professional experience and trust to his clients, who had no knowledge of what they were about to purchase. Its not too hard,is it. Your comments are offensive, deluded and two faced, and even disrespectful to your so called friend. Idiot.

  153. Anonymous on June 27, 2013 at 8:00 am

    WOW. this whole thing is just a tragic event.
    It’s terrible for the people who have lost guitars or havnt been paid by him.
    But you cant lay blame on Steve or the customers for purchasing guitars at any price.
    The vintage market has never been like new retail with set prices. Things are only worth what people are willing to pay. Was steves prices over inflated? If years ago you look back at the Aus dollar vs USD and you added correct import taxs and duties shipping insurance etc. Then the prices rises a fair bit. then if Steve wanted to make money he had to put a mark up on it. If a house goes on sale for 2.5mill and the one next door is the exact same at 1.5mill which one would you buy? I know people who have bought property and paid too much at the time and yes it;s there fault for not researching the market. I heard no one complain when Steve made them big $$ on there guitars or when he traded them for more than what anyone else would. I do however think it is deplorable the way he closed up shop and have left many people out of pocket and with no guitars. And hope he is not driving around in a new BMW bacouse of it. If he was selling guitars and pocketing the money or paying bills with it then YES he should be made to sell his house and all other asstes pay people out with it. Remember Karma is a very powerful enemy and eventually gets all who deserve

    • Anonymous on June 27, 2013 at 11:27 am

      Yes but he took my paul reed smith & thousands of dollar from others while insolvent.these guitars have never been seen or heard of again.

    • Glen Peters on June 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Jackson was running what was essentially a Ponzi scheme. Those ‘profits’ that others made were losses of others, not real profits. All Ponzi schemes eventually fail and leave a trail of misery in their wake.

  154. Anonymous on June 29, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Steve Jackson, sold my guitar which was on consignment at his store. It was listed on the internet for a very long time, giving the impression that it had not sold.
    I had a friend visited JRG’s and he asked about my guitar, he was informed that it was sold.

    I spoke with Steve, he said he will send a check when payment was finalised. Never happened, short time later, Jacksons was under administration.

    To the dickhead above who is defending him, Steve was not a magician, he was good bull artist who loved to wave his stupid growth chart indicating how much vintage guitars were increasing in value. I remember going in there once, I was looking at some of the guitars on sale, he was quite aggressive, asking me when I was going to buy another guitar. Another thing in Steve’s favour was that the Australian economy was booming, there was excess money everywhere, so it is no surprise that prices did go up. Glad I did not buy another guitar on consignment there, I am sure if I did, someone poor soul would not of received their money. I was not one of these guys who was trying to make huge profits out of guitars on the wishful thinking that there would be continued increases in value of the vintage guitars.

    I noticed on ABC collectors show that it looked like he was trying the same thing with vintage Holden cars, which would suit him, another lot of unsuspecting victims that he could potentially fleece.

    I am still yet to lodge my complaint to the police in Sydney, have been too busy, I will get around to it in September.

    • The Phantom on July 1, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Mate I’d get down to Balmain Police asap and fill out a fraud kit. They are doing a good job and have tracked down one of my guitars that was on consignment that went missing.

      • Anonymous on July 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm

        Glad to hear that you got your guitar back. As time goes on police are hearing more of the same stories, such as advertised as if they havn’t sold. i believe that they will get to the bottom of this.
        Great news that someone has got a guitar back that went missing.
        Hoefully, this will open a doors

  155. Anonymous on July 2, 2013 at 9:56 am

    he WAS doing as mentioned above selling overpriced early holdens to the unsuspecting/uneducated, yes more fool you to anybody that didn’t do a bit of research but steve was a salesman supreme, ever heard the term selling ice to escimos well he could do that and then sell ’em a freezer to put it in

  156. Andrew Nolan on July 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    @the phantom, did they find the guitar from someone it had been sold to ? Will the guitar be returned?

  157. jazzmaster on July 20, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Steve, sleep well, comfortable in the knowledge that they are coming to get you in the middle of the night.

  158. Andrew Nolan on July 31, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    This news article mentioning the jailing of a dealer in Austria that defrauded owners of consignment instruments is relevant.
    He got 6 years jail.

    • Anonymous on July 31, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Hey that is great news. This tells me that steve, Matt & whoever else
      is involved would not be sleeping as well as we think,or are they that thick. That tap on the the shoulder must be getting closer.

  159. Geoff Horne on August 2, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Having not been to Sydney for a bit, I found out quite late (April 2013) that JRG had gone under. I bought 1/2doz guitars over the years from Steve & while the consummate salesman, he always did alright by me. Yes prices were high but you could always negotiate down to a reasonable level even though you’d probably end up paying more than if you bought off eBay or in the US. Now I’m seeing all these comments on here about underhand dealings & if genuine then I really do sympathise with any innocent victims. However I will say that some these situations I have heard before as urban myths eg. the one about parts being swapped out. I really do hope that everyone who has lost on this is eventually sorted out & if Steve has a case to answer then I’m sure the course of the law will go full process.

    • Anonymous on August 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

      I’m confident the law will, or he would have given our guitars back honestly.

  160. Anonymous on August 23, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    I havn’t heard about any kind of action for a while, can anybody fill me in. are they still walking?

    • The Phantom on September 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      The Police have conducted several enquires with the liquidation company regarding business records and paperwork for the former JRG relating to apparent sale of the guitars reported missing from consignment stock. There has been some success in determining what has happened with the guitars. They will be meeting with the liquidators again later this week in order to discuss their intensions with respect to pursuing compensation for the victims of this incident and are currently attempting to speak with the previous employees with the goal of interviewing the rather elusive Mr Jackson in coming weeks…

  161. AccaDacca on October 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

    My vintage AC30 was one of the ‘missing’ pieces of consignment stock. Has anyone heard what is happening & if any progress has been made regarding either recovery of the goods or compensation?
    I lodged a fraud complaint some time ago with Glebe Police but haven’t been contacted since.

  162. Anonymous on October 28, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    it would seem they missed one of his cars maybe he can be contacted through this add

    • TW on November 2, 2013 at 10:27 am

      That’s definitely a Jackson car. If not, the ad has certainly been written by Jackson himself! I’ve been reading his car descriptions for years, and this one has his grubby paw marks all over it.
      I’d love to know how many cars left. For anyone who has the time….keep an eye out on eBay and Just Cars magazine and please post any listings on here.
      I’m not owed money nor guitars, but am incensed about the people that are.
      Good luck everyone, don’t give up.

      • Anonymous on November 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm

        I asked the seller if proceeds of sale were to start repaying the hundreds of thousands of dollars stolen from his customers (myself included), am awaiting a reply.

      • - on November 9, 2013 at 1:58 pm

        Hmmm….yes. One can only hope that the proceeds from the shirt sales are in a small way helping those ripped off (Fat chance!)
        Alternatively, ‘buke18a’ might represent a t-shirt manufacturer that was ripped off along the way…they might be trying to recoup their own losses…
        The most important question of course is “Who the f*ck would be caught dead in one of these shirts?!” Nobody wants to be reminded of this sordid chapter in Australian guitar sales/collecting. Who’d want to celebrate it?

      • Anonymous on November 14, 2013 at 10:16 am

        May well be a family member !?
        The seller and the items may be part of the “Jackson Family Collection”, just like his stash of cars and who knows what else.
        Over time I have almost forensically checked Mr Jacksons’ submissions to the car club site and it would appear he has many, many thousands buried in his four wheeled acquisitions, to say nothing of parts, memorabilia and a substantial model car collection. We have no idea of the musical items side of things, whether they be ‘his’ or other peoples.
        I can’t believe this has all taken so long to get nowhere and it is a poor reflection of how ‘the system’ progresses matters which to most observers are most likely straightforward, obvious, and, to those affected by the alleged conduct of certain individuals, a very serious concern.
        It also appears he is still at the Armidale Club too.
        As each day goes by it seems justice becomes more of a distant reality !
        We would all like to know if he is innocent (in which case all is good in the land) or guilty, which, given our weak judicial system, will see him well cared for anyway !!!

  163. Anonymous on October 30, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    My guess is there are plenty more cars, guitars, amps, car spares etc etc still neatly tucked away – it will just be a matter of time before time itself (and the Police etc) catch up to the elusive Steve Jackson to right the wrongs that are alleged to have been committed on his clients and ‘friends’ !

  164. Anonymous on November 3, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Does anyone know what is happening with all of the above ?
    Surely after a year there is some movement re the liquidators, allegations and other general information. Is Mr Jackson and his associates under investigation or is he free to go about his business, as serious issues have been raised ?
    I am beginning to think that nothing is happening after 12mths of allegations and claims of wrong doing.
    A kind of “move along, there is nothing to see here” situation. Surely there is someone out there who can elucidate us ?

    • AccaDacca on November 11, 2013 at 12:42 pm

      I concur, my vintage AC30 was one of the ‘missing’ consignment items. It appears it was sold & I never received the money, or indeed a phone call from Jackson’s telling me it had sold. Guess I’m one of the unlucky ones who will never see their money or goods reimbursed. It would be nice to hear as the poster above indicates what is happening 12 months after the shop went into liquidation. I would like to see justice carried out, but wonder whether Mr Jackson is still even under investigation.

  165. Barry on November 11, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    On the ABC’s “Auction Room” @ 6.30pm tonight, (Monday), at the end of the program, they said that on the next show, which I think is going to be on tomorrow (Tuesday 12th Nov, 2013) they will have what appears to me to be, Steve Jackson with his Holden Collection. Dont the ABC know about what has happened with Steve Jackson? Best thing would be for all of us to contact the ABC tomorrow, to stop the show going to air.

    • The Phantom on November 12, 2013 at 7:10 am

      I think that must be a repeat? Saw it on the telly quite a while back. I contacted the ABC after it was screened back then and never got a response. Typical ABC…

    • TW on November 12, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Well spotted Barry….and YES, the ABC should be most careful about re-broadcasting what has now been proven a shonky operation with extremely over-inflated dollar figures being quoted. In fact, in my opinion, they would be guilty of broadcasting mis-information….and if continuing to air it after being informed of such, they should be accountable….especially as we the schmuck public are funding them!

      • Anonymous on November 12, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        Hi everybody, Mr. Jackson hasn’t been interviewed by police, yet, but I do believe they are working hard on the evidence that they need, and I believe is just a matter of time.
        X workers have been interviewed & were gagged by Mr Jackson. Can’t comment any more on this blogg, but I think he would be finding it hard to sleep, but then, may be he can.
        The program on the ABC is an old one. some poor bastard paid way too much for it.
        The program cant be stopped.

  166. Barry on November 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I tried to contact the ABC directly today to talk with someone in charge of programming, but was put on a message machine twice. Sorry not for me ABC, I prefer to talk with whoevers in charge of running things there immediately! Not left on a message machine in the never never land. Okay now whats next? Media Watch? Please leave a message!

  167. Willy Brown on November 13, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    You can run , but you can’t hide

  168. Anonymous on November 15, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    It’s time that someone well informed within the regulatory ranks ie police or investigators gives something to issues us that justice will be done we no what he did to people who put trust and guitars that where’re more than bigness it goes to core ethos about what is important to lovers of music and yes his store man matt should go down as well

  169. J on November 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Seems like things are on the move again. With Graysonline being used to shift the remaining items.

  170. Anonymous on November 30, 2013 at 10:39 am

    And Police charges ???

  171. AccaDacca on December 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Wow, more than 12 Months have passed since the business went into liquidation.
    It seems Steve Jackson is prospering in his new life as Manager of the Armidale Club.
    From the AGM details on their home page:

    “Early in the New Year, our manager Mr. Chris Curcuroto resigned, and was replaced by our current manager Mr. Steve Jackson. Steve has been very successful in boosting the club’s turnover quite substantially. During his tenure we have seen average weekly takings almost triple.”

    I wonder if the club are aware of Mr Jackson’s illustrious past?
    If I was on the board I would certainly think twice about giving him the key to the pantry…….

  172. samadhi_sam on December 24, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Hi, are the police still building a case against Jackson?
    Who do I contact to give them information about my loss?
    Thought I had a lead on getting my guitar back but that has sadly fallen through.
    Thank you, Sam

    • Anonymous on December 25, 2013 at 12:14 pm

      Hi Sam,
      constable Alicia Taylor is investigating the case she is trying to build strong evidence for this case. I have spoken to her on a number of times, and any little piece of imformation is a great help. here is her contact details. TAL3ALY@police. NSW.GOV.AU in lower case of course.
      cheers mate….John

      • samadhi_sam on December 30, 2013 at 8:05 am

        Thank you John, much appreciated. I’ll contact Alicia Taylor this week.
        Peace, Sam

        • Anonymous on January 8, 2014 at 4:42 pm

          Hi sam, how did you go ?
          Any slight bit of imformation wil help
          If you here anything , please fill me in as well thank you
          cheers mate

  173. TW on December 25, 2013 at 9:50 am

    This may be of interest to people who had gear on consignment. Regarding the dreaded Personal Property Security Register: it appears there is a 2 year grace period….but only 1 month to go! Try googling Australian Government News PPSR or click this link:
    Do some research and hopefully this can be of some benefit. Good luck and Merry Christmas to all (except you Jackson).

  174. Andrew Nolan on January 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    So I take it they have got away with their thieving? Not even some information of whom the guitars were ‘sold’ to? Has Jackson got a lawyer that we can write to?

    • Anonymous on January 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

      I do know that that if you go bankrupt and and you have consigned gear, It stays in the shop for the administrators to sell . how good is that. anyway mr Jackson has been trading insolvent in his last 2 years. But nobody can find these guitars at all , I think he has shipped them overseas. Police need strong evidence , or he will get off.. Constable Alicia taylor at glebe will be able to hep you.
      I’m from Melbourne , but I believe he works at the Armadale in Sydney booking bands may be.

  175. Anonymous on January 13, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    Seriously, why not look at catching up with him at the Armidale Club that he now MANAGES. I imagine that if you could get enough people to attend at one time you could even invite the local media along to fill them in on your collective predicament.
    As for the club ? Presumably they let pretty much anyone work there?
    Regarding his lawyers, if he is smart, he wants you to chase him. That being said the receivers should have contact details.
    Have you contacted the NSW Police ? Speak to Constable Alycia Taylor. Case number C51048857. They are piecing together a brief of evidence apparently and need as many pieces of the puzzle as possible.
    You may also want to ask Jamieson Louttit & Associates, ( (02) 9231 0505) where they are at with their end of the matter too while asking for contact details for his legal representative ?
    Please consider too that at the end of it Steve Jackson may well be innocent of any wrong doing. It must be kept in mind no matter how dubious things may appear (as everyone who has posted on here may be part of a greater conspiracy against Jackson’s ‘good’ name ???).

    • Anonymous on January 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      He know exactly what he is doing. He traded for 2 years insolvent. He has tried this before about 8 years ago, may be 10. How could so many guitars disappear all at the 1 time , & have so many people screaming out of the woodwork. I have a signature of him receiving my guitar from sent from Melbourne. while insolvent. that is now theft. Then why doesnt he just give those guitars back. they have vanished in thin air. if he wasn’t insovent, that would be different.
      I do believe this will be solved. I do wish that a computer forensic expert can get involved, they would find all of those missing guitars on his website advertised.
      Sorry about spelling mistakes, I make them when I get angry. lol

  176. Andrew Nolan on January 22, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    The guitars haven’t reappeared on the Aussie market so they are either stashed away somewhere, possibly overseas or have been sold overseas.
    Many of the missing guitars are very rare so it’s not hard to keep an eye on the for sale sites.

    • Peter on January 23, 2014 at 12:47 pm

      Hi there everyone,
      This terrible business seems to be finding no closure. (One wonders whether efforts should be pooled so as to lobby local police to take more action).
      Is there a list of missing/stolen guitars with either serial numbers and/or other identifying marks that has been compiled?
      Should a list be compiled and then made available to interested parties so that we can all help or contribute in some way? I spend most of my life trawling the net with regards to the sale of vintage guitars. I’m sure many people here do the same… Is there is a way in which we can all help each other collectively?
      Here’s to getting the great karmic wheel moving once more…I hope those guilty parties find themselves sleepless at night.

    • geoff Horne on January 23, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Has there been any endeavour to compile a list of the missing instruments? This way it might be possible to officially ask dealers on & offshore to be aware of anything coming through their doors. Including photos would be even better.

      • Peter on January 23, 2014 at 3:24 pm

        We were thinking the same thing simultaneously Geoff! ;). Haha

  177. Anonymous on January 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Think there is 1 missing diget on the mob. number

  178. Steve on January 26, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    This should get you all fired up, posted a few days ago it seems:

    • The Phantom on February 14, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      I think Jacko would have just choked on his breakfast after reading this!!!

  179. Tony D on March 13, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    I had known Steve since the early ’80s and always thought of him as a friend. But then I left an old Gretsch there on consignment in 2011 and the stories I’m reading on this blog are oh so familiar. I phoned the shop months later to get the guitar back but was told it was sold and was on layby. After 6 months when the layby period was over it took several more months of “will definitely have the money for you next month, next week, whatever”… but I guess I’m one of the very lucky ones because I did eventually get the money. Never again, that’s for sure. Got to say I’m really surprised about the allegations of deliberate dishonesty. I always completely trusted him. Maybe I’m just a sucker.

    • Anonymous on March 14, 2014 at 7:21 pm

      We all trusted him, but he also was insolvent for the last 2 years he was operating. taking all those guitars in that period,also makes him a thief. I will break even with him one day. he has my $5000 PRS . he forgot . I have a signature , saying he received it . I have no signature of him giving it back, or selling it . disappeared of the face of the earth.

  180. guitarmodes on March 23, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Julius placed an article in CX a couple or years back, that I sent in, relating to collecting money via the internet from non paying customers.
    Your equipment has not been paid for.
    The editor gives legal obligations when navigating this process.
    Take a read, you will get the picture.
    I provide this information without prejudice.

  181. Anonymous on April 18, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    It’s a pretty shit system we have where loads of people have lost their equipment and money due to someone’s dubious practises, whilst that same person gets to keep ALL his vintage cars and whatever else he managed to ferret away from the liquidators. Perfect case of where the one who should be losing it all has come out on top, whilst people who have lost tens of thousands of dollars will see nothing

    All the cars should be confiscated and sold off to pay the debts.

    • Anonymous on April 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      This will be over in 4-6 months, trust me

  182. Andrew Nolan on April 29, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    Steve is on facebook – why dont you send him a friend request? He accepted mine- he probably doesnt know who the hell I am

  183. Anonymous on August 6, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    He will pay via some form of justice, rough or other. The law is an ass.

    • Anonymous on August 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm

      He will go man don’t worry, more so for trading 2 yrs insolvent that is theft.
      New claims stiil pour in

  184. Anonymous on August 7, 2014 at 2:27 am

    Been a long time guys – I reckon he has dodged the lot, and laughing at everyone !

    What are the Police doing with the ‘new claims’ ?

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Trust me, he hasn’t dodged anyone yet, this case is now so big, new claims are still coming in. They wasted so much time just waiting for something to happen. I checked in with detectives and they are building a huge case. trust me.

  185. Steve Tonks on August 7, 2014 at 2:33 am

    New claims? wow I thought we’d been forgotten about.
    If someone is building a register of missing guitars, I’d like to add mine.
    Gibson Hummingbird Sunburst 1964 Serial No. 180561 in Exceptionally Fine condition.
    I have a google alert setup that notifies me whenever google sees a Hummingbird pop up on the net, I want my instrument back! Peace. Steve Tonks.

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2014 at 11:46 am

      Well people had been relying on the administrator for so long, but they will look after themselves first. Its only now that people have woken up to put there claim in at Belmaine detectives.
      In my case it is theft on Steves behalf for trading insolent in his last 2yrs. I have a couriers signature signed to say he received it. disappeared into thin air. 95 10 top PRS

    • Anonymous on August 7, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Oh I’m from Melbourne , that’s why I had it sent by courier

  186. AccaDacca on August 14, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    I would love to see justice done, but like Steve Tonks I fear he has completely got away with this & is laughing all the way to the bank. He has a new life (manager of the Armidale Club) in a new place. There’s no way he will ever trade guitars again, but that’s small consolation for those of us that have lost instruments or amps with no sign of recovery.
    I think if the police were going to act, it would have happened by now.
    I want my copper top 64 Vox Top Boost back!

    • Anonymous on August 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

      H mate, the police are still getting new claims every day , tell you he wont get away with it.
      May be with some stuff, but his last 2 years he was trading insolvent, that now theft according to the law. there are hundreds of claims and more pouring in
      detectives a Belmane NSW , are looking at the case with a magnifine glass. trust me. im from Melbourne, Im luck he signed a delivery docket when I sent my PRS to him.
      Fight, Don’t anyone give up, trust me

    • John on August 17, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Well all,it does seem that slimy,low life who betrayed many,has received no punishment for his crimes.
      May the person who has my 68 Tele,thats disappeared into thin air be enjoying it!
      Heartbreaking to think a person with no morals,and an outright thief can escape the hand of law…….

      • Anonymous on August 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        Have you filled in a kit from the police station?. Im from Victoria we dont have them here. you need to fill 1 in and give it to Const. Alysia Taylor at Belmaine. (Glebe) like I said I’m from Melbourne. She is handling the case. cheeers

  187. "D" on August 30, 2014 at 5:17 am

    I lost a 1969 sunburst Strat
    I had buy out Jakco in other guitars

    because I knew what he was up to

    I was between a rock and a hard place
    two weeks later he went bust

    I want my guitar back
    but I don’t knowhow to get it back

    Matt might know he did the biz like JaCKO

    I will ever see that guitar again
    if any one has it
    or can tell me how to get back
    let me
    I have photos sn and the rest

  188. Anonymous on August 30, 2014 at 6:01 am

    Sorry about the fragmentise English

    to explain it a bit more

    more concisely

    I was put in a compromising position to do the biz or lose my guitar

    he wouldn’t pay me for my guitar the lot anyway

    any NSW or Federal Justice Officer should know what Steve Jackson and Matt “I Only sell guitars here” here has done

    but I know how the system works

    I don’t want to be screwed over before Jacko and his” Hey I only sell guitars” does

    in society money talks

    an 89 year old solicitor told me the other day

    that he use to say

    that he would “fight his clients case to thier last dollar”

    Well what about the people who don’t have the Dollars, or where preyed upon by likes of the guitars wolf of OZ like Jacksons rare guitars and Matt ” I only sell guitars here

    Nine on the bottom would be good for Jacko
    and Five on the bottom for “HEY I only sell guitars here “Matt”

    yes I know your watching the post u 2

    its almost time to pay the piper

    Where’s lads is my Guitar ‘I want it back’

    I would be doing a plea bargain if where you ,can you do that in OZ mm

    its not nice doing a two out with big fella called “Bubba”

    Who doesn’t know a lot a fine wine ,American Strats or vintage cars

    I think you know what I mean “Jacko and Matt”

  189. Andrew Nolan on September 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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