NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: Musicians Billie Joe Armstrong and Tre Cool of Green Day perform onstage during the 2017 Global Citizen Festival: For Freedom. For Justice. For All. in Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. at Central Park on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Good news Green Day fans, the band is selling their old instruments to give you the opportunity to own some of their gear.
2019 is a busy year for Green Day, besides celebrating the 25th anniversary of their legendary album “Dookie”, the band has joined forces with instrument marketplace Reverb.com to sell more than 100 pieces of gear used during their career.
Billie Joe Armstrong is offering up nearly 50 of his guitars. 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.
Billie Joe Armstrong said:
“Every guitar has its own character. 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.”
Tre 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.
“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.”
Here is a list of items up for sale:
1. A rare 1958 Gibson Les Paul Gold Top Guitar – one of Armstrong’s favourites to play live
2. A 1950s Gibson ES-140T Electric Guitar that Billie Joe used on the tour bus throughout the American Idiot tour.
3. 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).
4. A 1950s Gibson ES-125 TCD Electric Guitar used live on 21st Century Breakdown, Uno, Dos, Tré!, and Revolution Radio tours.
5. 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.
6. An Ayotte Green Stain Maple Drum Kit that was used live throughout the Insomniac tour in 1995.
7. 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 7th but you can browse the items here.
Here’s a video about the Green Day Reverb Shop.
Also, on a side gear related note, Billie Joe Armstrong announced he will be releasing a MXR “Dookie Drive” pedal.
Here’s a video about the new Dookie pedal.
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