Custom Slash, Alex Lifeson and Paul McCartney Instruments Set For Auction For Ukraine
An auction event co-organized by Gibson Guitars was held last November 12 and 13, which featured some custom-built instruments played by rock icons including Slash, Alex Lifeson, and Paul McCartney.
The Guitars for Peace program created such an event specifically to raise funds for the people of Ukraine. As we all know, Ukrainians are still under threat as Russians illegally invaded their country. To date, there is an estimated 200,000 military personnel who have died on both sides, while there are around 6,500 civilians have been killed, 400 of which were children. The corporation’s philanthropic arm, Gibson Gives, said in a statement:
“Gibson luthiers have crafted an extremely limited edition run of Guitars for Peace Les Paul Custom electric guitars, which proudly display the unforgettable azure and gold colors of the Ukrainian flag.
“Gibson partnered with artists to perform with the Ukraine guitars on stage on tour this summer. Autograph books traveling alongside each guitar have been signed by Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, Slash, Brian May of Queen, Fher Olvera of Mana, Nile Rodgers of Chic, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Lzzy Hale, Margo Price, Alex Lifeson, Lewis Capaldi, Blossoms, The Fratellis, Kasabian, Madness, Maisie Peters, Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, The Vaccines, Toyah, My Chemical Romance, and actor Jason Momoa, among others.”
The statement added:
“100% of the funds from the auction… will go to the current humanitarian need for the people of Ukraine, as well as rebuilding efforts once the conflict ends. In addition to the guitars, Gibson has launched the Guitars for Peace t-shirt, to allow everyone across the globe to show their support for Ukraine in an affordable way.”
Paul McCartney also said:
“I’m happy to auction this beautiful guitar of mine to benefit the fine people of Ukraine. Hopefully, it will help them through this aggressive Russian invasion.”
While Slash added:
“It is an honor to represent the brave sovereign state of Ukraine. I’m proud to support them during this conflict.”
Lifeson, on the other hand, stated:
“Once again, Gibson Gives rises to the occasion! I’m proud to count myself as a supporter of the Guitars For Peace initiative in aid of the people of Ukraine.”
While the Gibson Brands CEO, James Curleigh, said:
“Music has always played a pivotal role in uniting communities and countries, especially during times of conflict. Despite the dark circumstances, we stand by our amazing artists with our support to launch ‘Guitars for Peace,’ and to envision a better future for Ukraine and its citizens.”