R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck has had his signature guitar stolen.

Buck has used the black Rickenbacker 360 since 1982, but it was stolen from the stage after the band's gig in Helsinki, Finland last night.

A spokesperson for R.E.M. said: "This instrument means a great deal to Peter and to REM. It is our sincere hope that whoever is responsible for the loss, or whoever has information which can help recover the guitar, will come forward to receive a generous reward, no questions asked."

In semi-related Irish news, Richie Egan of Jape had a rare keyboard stolen from a neighbour's house earlier this week when the house was burgled - but it was recovered in a garden in Crumlin several days later. Maybe Peter Buck should look there?