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Lou Reed Moog Guitar Auction

28 November 2009 Leave a comment

loureedmoog01The Bob Moog Foundation will auction this guitar on eBay from December 7th to 17th.

The guitar is a Paul Vo Collector Edition Moog Guitar.  It’s one of only 300 ever made (serial number , 005) and it has been signed by, and more importantly, played by, Lou Reed.

loureedmoog02The guitar itself has a flamed maple top on an ash body.  It’s got a maple neck and ebony fingerboard.  It’s the internal fiddly bits that make this guitar special though, for it’s them that make this guitar do Moogy stuff.  Not really Moogy synthy stuff, unfortunately – this isn’t a guitar synth or a synth controller.  Its analogue innards allow for advanced sustain functions.  Full Sustain Mode energises all the strings whereas Controlled Sustain Mode energises only those strings being played.  This allows for a pretty interesting field of experimentation. The third mode, Mute, basically sucks the energy out of a vibrating string and gives a really fast decay – like a banjo for instance).  It’s probably unfair to just think of this as a guitar with a sustainer built in though – pop off here for more info.

The front of this guitar is signed by Lou Reed and the stickers that he placed on the various controls are still in place.

The guitar will be auctioned on the Bob Moog Foundation’s eBay page and the proceeds will go to the Bob Moog Foundation (info below).

The Bob Moog Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is 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 foundation has three main projects: preserving and protecting Bob Moog’s archives, creating a Student Outreach Program that brings electronic music into the schools, and its hallmark project, the creation of a Moogseum in Asheville, NC, for which it was recently awarded a $600,000 lead grant by the Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority. For more information see www.moogfoundation.org.

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