The Bob Moog Foundation is to auction an exclusive Lou Reed guitar in aid of the non-profit organistaion, which aims to “carry on the legacy of Bob Moog through educating and inspiring children and adults through the power and possibilities of electronic music and through the intersection of science, music and innovation”.
The guitar, one of 300 with maple top Tiger Eye Flame with an ash body, maple neck and ebony fret board has been played by Reed, who has signed the front of the guitar and his labels for the guitar's controls remain on the instrument as well as the brackets for his guitar strap.
Reed, best known as the former guitarist, vocalist and principle songwriter for the experimental rock band Velvet Underground, has enjoyed a prolific career as a solo guitarist known for the pioneering of many sound effects including distortion, high volume feedback and nonstandard tunings. His love affair with the innovative Moog Guitar began early, as he played the instrument in its prototype phase. He performed on the Moog Guitar on the David Lettermen Show in the fall of 2008.
Mike Adams, President of Moog Music, stated: “Our thanks to Lou Reed, who experienced the Moog Guitar in its earliest evolution and inspired us to continue our development efforts. Gratefully, the proceeds from this auction will support the Bob Moog Foundation. Both the Bob Moog Foundation and Moog Music serve to honor the genius of Bob Moog.”
The auction will begin on the Bob Moog Foundation eBay page at noon on December 7th and end at the same time on December 17th.