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Green Day To Auction Instruments And Gear On Reverb
The musicians of GRAMMY-winning punk band Green Day — guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, drummer Tré Cool and bassist Mike Dirnt — are parting with beloved gear and instruments on Reverb in a career-spanning auction beginning on Feb. 7. While Armstrong's Reverb auction in late 2017 no doubt added to the band's comfort level in parting with items from their collections, Cool confessed that as a hoarder, his reason behind the auction is that "my psychiatrist said I have to do this."
"After 30 years of collecting odds and ends and really good stuff, what ended up happening was I got too many," said Armstrong. "I think every guitar to me has its own character." The 44 guitars up for auction include a 1958 Gibson Les Paul Goldtop as well as the first guitar Armstrong ever owned, an acoustic Harmony Stella Parlor. He used the latter to record "F.O.D." on Dookie, which won Best Alternative Music Performance at the 37th GRAMMY Awards, the band's first of four wins.
Dirnt is offering up more than 20 pieces of studio gear as well as amps, including a Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 and a vintage Ampeg SVT.
Cool is offering one of the drum kits he burned on stage as well as a new "old stock" Slingerland Spitfire Tré Cool Signature Drum Kit he says is "probably the only one left in existence." Cool basically burned all the other ones. A matching snare drum is available separately. Cool expressed insecurity that as a hoarder who never sells anything, he will be tempted to buy all of his stuff back again.
The Official Green Day Reverb Shop is scheduled to open on Feb. 7 and offers an email sign-up so avid buyers can be among the first to make their bid on this incomparable selection of punk-rock history.