Green Day are selling their old instruments to give fans the opportunity to own some of their iconic gear.
The pop-punk legends, who this year mark the 25th anniversary of their landmark record ‘Dookie’, have joined forces with instrument marketplace Reverb.com to sell more than 100 pieces of gear used during their career.
Nearly 50 of frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s guitars are up for grabs. Drummer Tré Cool is selling five drum kits and a dozen snare drums. The majority of these instruments have either been played live or during recording sessions.
“Every guitar has its own character,” Armstrong said. “Each one reflects who you are – the kind of songwriter you are, the kind of guitar player that you are. Used guitars, in particular, come with a history to them. I love the character you can see looking at a fretboard that’s been used. After 30 years of collecting odds and ends and really good stuff, I have to sell some of it off.”
Cool said: “If you hoard the right shit long enough, they call you a collector. So I’m selling off just a wee bit of the collection. I’m not doing it any justice sitting around when someone could be using this stuff. I haven’t really sold anything ever – this is the first time. My psychiatrist said I have to do this.
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“In all seriousness, I hope whoever buys this stuff gets some enjoyment out of it… rocking it on their stage or putting it in their studio. I really hope they just don’t sit around and get dusty.”
Take a look at some of the items for sale below:
– A rare 1958 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Guitar – one of Armstrong’s favourites to play live
– A 1950s Gibson ES-140T Electric Guitar that Billie Joe used on the tour bus throughout the American Idiot tour.
– The 2011 TV Yellow Gibson Les Paul Junior Guitar that Armstrong smashed during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival (don’t worry, it’s been repaired and is playable).
– A 1950s Gibson ES-125 TCD Electric Guitar used live on 21st Century Breakdown, Uno, Dos, Tré!, and Revolution Radio tours.
– An OCDP Silver Sparkle Drum Kit that Cool set on fire during the ‘Pop Disaster’ tour in 2002. It’s not been restored so retains all the ash and soot.
– An Ayotte Green Stain Maple Drum Kit that was used live throughout the Insomniac tour in 1995.
– A brand new Slingerland Spitfire Tré Cool Signature Drum Kit from the late ’90s/early ’00s. Cool kept several of these kits on hand then but this kit “is probably the only one left in existence” (he burned the rest).
The Official Green Day Reverb Shop goes live on Thursday, February 7 but you can browse the items here.
In other news, earlier this month Armstrong unveiled a new ‘Dookie’-themed guitar pedal ahead of the album’s anniversary.
Sharing a picture of the new pedal on Instagram, Armstrong teased the pedal with the caption “Anyone going to NAMM?” which fans believe is a reference to the music trade show in Anaheim, California where they think the pedal might become available.