World famous violinist and Aston Villa fan Nigel Kennedy is appealing for the safe return of three of his most treasured violins.
The electric fiddles - painted claret and blue - were stolen from his tour bus in Liverpool on Sunday night.
The musician, who shot to fame with his unconventional behaviour, is devastated by the loss of the instruments.
The electric violins were designed by the Birmingham-based company Violectra. Kennedy - in the middle of a UK jazz tour - has had to quickly find replacements.
He has had to play a residency at London's Ronnie Scott's club this week without his trademark violins.
He said "I am extremely upset. These violins were custom made and will be very difficult to replace.
"I also fear for their safety if a Birmingham City fan ever got their hands on them."
The theft has been reported to Merseyside Police. Kennedy had been playing at Liverpool's Cavern Club.
A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said detectives were following inquiries. She said: "If anybody is offered these violins for sale or comes across them they should take them to a police station immediately." The violins were made to Kennedy's order by David Bruce Johnson, based at Birmingham's Custard Factory. His violins cost around £3,000 each.
Kennedy said: "I have several electric violins but the ones made by David Bruce Johnson are getting closer to the type of sound that I want.
"Electric violins sound a bit plastic or treble in pitch, but Johnson's have a far richer sound, which helps when you put it through big amps."
Kennedy is one of the world's leading violin virtuosos and one of the most important violinists Britain has produced.