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Kathleen Edwards reunited with stolen 6-string 10 months after theft

Ottawa-area musician Kathleen Edwards has got her valuable 1957 Les Paul Junior guitar back after it was stolen from her home 10 months ago.

'Today I got an early birthday present,' musician writes on social media

Canadian singer-songwriter Kathleen Edwards, seen here in 2012, has got her 1957 Les Paul Junior guitar (seen to the right) back. She hasn't yet divulged what happened. (Chris Young/Canadian Press)

Ottawa-area musician Kathleen Edwards has her valuable 1957 Les Paul Junior guitar back after it was stolen from her home 10 months ago.

Edwards posted a photo of the rare instrument with its sunburst finish via the photo-sharing app Instagram on Tuesday. The guitar is missing strings and its bridge.

"Today I got an early birthday present," she wrote. "Story to follow."

Edwards wrote on Twitter that a Good Samaritan came into her coffee shop in the Ottawa neighbourhood of Stittsville Tuesday morning saying that while walking his dog at a nearby park he found a garbage bag with guitars inside.

Edwards said she confirmed the guitars were hers.

"They were dumped in Stittsville, a kilometre or so from the shop. Undamaged. I am over the moon," she wrote.

"I also appreciate that whoever stole the instruments came to their senses and did the right thing by returning them to me," she said.

Guitar taken last year

In a message posted on her Facebook page in August 2015, Edwards said the guitar was likely taken by someone who came in through an unlocked back door of her home in the southwest Ottawa suburb of Stittsville.

Edwards posted this photo of the guitar, which is missing strings and its bridge. (Kathleen Edwards/Instagram)
She did not say when the theft occurred.

In her original post, Edwards said this model of guitar doesn't get sold or played in front of people without drawing attention, and it would be better for whoever took it to return it.

"If the guitar is returned, I can accept a 'no questions asked' agreement,'" Edwards said. "Whether that means the guitar is returned to my business, Quitters coffee, to my home, or through a mutual acquaintance. I can accept a foolish drunken teenage lapse of judgment, a momentary hiccup in your moral being.

"I can promise you that the instrument will not make you money, it will not go unnoticed and you will at some point be caught.

"Do the right thing," she wrote.

In 2015 Edwards posted this picture of her playing the guitar, which she said was stolen from her home in the Ottawa suburb of Stittsville. (Facebook)

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