At the time of the alleged offences Richard and Justin Harrison owned a well known company called Music Ground. They had shops in Leeds, Manchester and London as well as many international customers.
Mrs Lisa Carlton, the prosecutor, said they were both charged with handling stolen goods and intending or assisting in the retention or disposal of those items between October 7 2006 and March 5 2009.
The 26 guitars, subject of the charges against the father and son, are believed to be part of a haul of 157 guitars stolen in two burglaries in Verona, Italy, in October 2006 and which had an estimated value in excess of Â£1m.
Richard Harrison, 63, and his 40 year old son Justin, both entered preliminary pleas of â€˜not guiltyâ€™ to the charge.
In its advertising and promotional material, Music Ground used to claim that it was â€œEuropeâ€™s No 1? supplier of rare and vintage guitars.
Source: The Yorkshire Evening Post