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The Hateful Eight’s Kurt Russell destroys priceless guitar

The news that a vintage six-string guitar was smashed to pieces on the set of the new Quentin Tarantino film, The Hateful Eight, has brought home the importance of getting your precious guitar insured.

One typically explosive scene in the film features Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character Daisy Domergue strumming an antique 1870’s guitar – one loaned to the film’s producers by the Martin Guitar Museum – only for actor Kurt Russell to grab the instrument and break it against a beam.

But staff at the museum had no idea the 150-year-old instrument was at risk and have reacted angrily to the news.

“We were informed that it was an accident on set,” said Dick Boak, director of the museum. “We assumed that a scaffolding or something fell on it. We understand that things happen, but at the same time, we can’t take this lightly.

“All this about the guitar being smashed being written into the script and that somebody just didn’t tell the actor, this is all new information to us. We didn’t know anything about the script or Kurt Russell not being told that it was a priceless, irreplaceable artefact from the Martin Museum.”

To add insult to injury, the guitar was only insured for its original purchase price and not the significantly higher value it had since accrued.

“Upon inspection of the pieces, we realised that the guitar was beyond fixing,” Boak said. “It’s destroyed.”

“We want to make sure that people know that the incident was very distressing to us.

“We can’t believe that it happened. I don’t think anything can really remedy this. We’ve been remunerated for the insurance value, but it’s not about the money. It’s about the preservation of American musical history and heritage.

“As a result of the incident, the company will no longer loan guitars to movies under any circumstances.”

Here at Insure4Music, we understand just how important it is to musicians to make sure their equipment is covered against theft, loss and damage. The loss of your guitar can be devastating, and if you’re on the road theft or damage can grind a tour to complete halt, leaving you out of pocket.

Our guitar and musical equipment insurance policies are designed to help you recover from these kinds of setbacks and get you back playing in no time. Our musical instrument accessories insurance and guitar insurance policies mean we’ll replace new for old if the item is less than three years old for instruments, or 18 months for laptops, as long as they were bought new.

For guitarist and guitar insurance, choose Insure4Music. If you need a few more reasons as to why we’re the best musical instrument insurance provider, click here.

Get a quote now, or call 0800 0469 859 to speak to a member of our team and get the cover you need to keep you playing.

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What to do if your instrument(s) is stolen.

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