The Edge’s First Guitar Is Going Up for Auction. Any Takers?

How’s this for a piece of U2 swag? The Edge’s first-ever guitar (circa September 1976) used in those earliest rehearsals for the band that became U2.

It’s not an electric; it’s a cheap classical guitar that The Edge’s mother, Gwenda Evans, picked up for her younger son. It’s now set for auction at Whyte’s, a Dublin auctioneer, on March 15. Guesses are that it’ll go for between $1,500 and $2,000 USD.  Oh, and it’s signed.

So how did this piece of rock’n’roll history come up for sale?  Back in 1980, Gwenda was working as a teacher at a community school in Dublin. One of her colleagues said she wanted to take guitar lessons but lacked in instrument. Since the guitar was doing nothing back at the Evans house, she sold it to this person for 20 quid.  At a later meeting with The Edge, he signed it.

The guitar stayed in the possession of that former colleague for all this years. Now it’s time to sell. Interested?

(Via Guitar Player and Michael)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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