Today, it has been announced that Green Day and Reverb.com are partnering up to give fans of Green Day an exciting opportunity:
To buy some of the gear that the band has used over the past 25 years.
The Official Green Day Reverb Shot will launch on Thursday, February 7th, featuring over one hundred pieces of music gear used live and in the studio throughout their career. The gear for sale will include nearly 50 of Billie Joe Armstrong’s personal guitars as well as five drum sets and a dozen snare drums that were seminal to Tre Cool’s career.
“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,” said Armstrong. “After 30 years of collecting odds and ends and really good stuff…I have to sell some of it off.”
Green Day released their seminal album, Dookie, 25 years ago and Armstrong will he parting with some equipment used in that era of the band. He’ll be selling the Harmony Stella Parlor Acoustic Guitar that he used to record “F.O.D.” from the album. The guitar was one of the first that Armstrong ever owned, and still retains the original board tape set to the intonation and the same guitar strings. He is also selling the Marshall 4×12 Cabinets used on the tours to support Dookie and Insomniac. The cabs, which have been a staple in Green Day shows since 1994, still have residue from the legendary mud fight that ensued during the band’s 1994 Woodstock performance.
Some notable items that Green Day drummer Tre Cool will be selling include a Gretsch USA Custom Champagne Sparkle Drum Kit that was used live and in the studio for Uno… Dos… Tré! The kit can be seen in the liner notes for the album as well as several music videos during that time. “I”m probably just going to buy all this stuff back at like 3 in the morning because I’m going to have a hard time parting with it,” Cool said while talking about the kit.
“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,” Cool joked. “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. Except for the burned stuff. Don’t even try and fix that—its not going to work. It’s just burned.”
The shop will also feature more than 20 pieces of studio gear and nearly a dozen amps, including a Mesa/Boogie Basis M-2000 amp that Bassist Mike Dirnt used from 1997 to 2003, primarily on the tours to support Nimrod and Warning.
For more information and to sign up for an email alert when things go on sale, head here.