Everyone needs to declutter on a regular basis. I’d love for that Japanese woman with the Netflix show sort through my house.
When it comes to musicians getting rid of gear they don’t need, they often turn to a site called Reverb.com. This is what Green Day has done.
The band needs to unload 100 pieces of equipment, including 50 of Billie Joe’s guitars, five of Tre Cool’s drum kits and at least a dozen snare drums. Everything has been played on tour or in the studio.
Here’s Billie: “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 agrees. “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. Except for the burned stuff. Don’t even try and fix that – it’s not going to work. It’s just burned.”
Here they are talking about their little garage sale.