Shattered door at 1-2-3-4 Go! Records. Photo by Julian Mark

1-2-3-4 Go! Records on Valencia Street was burglarized of $4,000 worth of guitars and gear sometime between Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Burglars, apparently, broke the glass of the front door, crawled through, and made off with three rare, vintage guitars and some amplifiers. Amazingly, according to store owner Steve Stevenson, they didn’t take any other merchandise.

“It’s obvious they were in a hurry because one of the guitars was on the floor behind the door,” Stevenson said, describing he found when he arrived Tuesday morning.

Stevenson found out early this morning when a customer sent him a message. He said he spent two agonizing hours in traffic to come and take stock of his losses. “This sucks,” he said. “But insurance is going to cover it, and if you own a business, this is probably going to happen to you.”

He also admitted that guitars are “highly visible” targets. Asked if he will continue to hang guitars in his shop, Stevenson said, “It’s questionable.”

It’s unclear if any suspects have been identified. The San Francisco Police Department did not immediately respond to Mission Local’s inquiries.

Update from SFPD spokeswoman Officer Giselle Linnane: 

On Tuesday October 9, 2018 at approximately 9:05 AM SFPD officers responded to the 1000 Blk of Valencia Street regarding a burglary. Upon arrival the victim stated that an unknown suspect burglarized the establishment some during the night or morning. The front door sustained damage and several guitars and amplifiers were stolen. No further information.

If you spot the guitars below at a pawn shop open-air market, please contact

1977 Ibanez Les Paul “lawsuit” era in SUNBURST (Serial Number: D771308).


“Very rare” 1960s Yamaha SA-15 guitar in BLACK finish (Serial Number: 8641).


1989 Ibanez AS-120 in WHITE finish (Serial Number: S5014881).


1989 Marshall Lead 15 “Mini Stack” amplifier in BLACK, 3 pieces: one head, two cabinets.

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Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

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