FLORENCE, Ala. (WHNT) – Florence native Dillon Hodges moved to Nashville over a year ago to pursue his musical career. The young musician credits his success to his guitar.
“The guitar is very special to me because it was custom-made for me by Gibson when I was 13 years old,” said Hodges.
Hodges made many memories with the guitar, including the morning of December 18th. That’s the day someone stole his guitar from his car.
Hodges was devastated and had lost hope of every recovering the guitar. Four days after the incident, he received interesting news from his wife.
“I was actually in Florence at a UNA football game. I got a text from my wife saying, ‘here`s the link, it`s your guitar on eBay’,” said Hodges.
Hodges’ knew it was his guitar because the picture posted online had the same serial number as his guitar.
Desperate to find answers, Hodges contacted Nashville police. He waited a week and heard nothing. So he decided to take matters into his own hands.
“I’m just going to blast it on social media and see if we can get a faster response from eBay,”’ said Hodges.
Hodges started a social media campaign using Twitter. He tweeted, “here’s my stolen guitar @eBay is ensuring that I won’t see it again!”
The tweet grabbed the attention of thousands and made its way to other websites. That’s when Hodges received the answer he had been waiting for.
“A friendly stranger on a website contacted me. He had the seller’s information,” said Hodges.
Hodges passed along the information to authorities in Nashville and recovered his guitar.
“I’m glad I have my guitar back. This guitar has inspired me to write many of my songs,” said Hodges.