Bob Moog Foundation Benefit Auction

December 1, 2009


Moog Music Donates Moog Guitar Played and Signed by Lou Reed to Benefit Bob Moog Foundation


ASHEVILLE, NC The Bob Moog Foundation announces a once in a lifetime eBay auction to begin Monday December 7, 2009 and run through December 17, 2009. Moog Music Inc., the company which carries on the legacy of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog through its innovative instruments, is donating a Collector Edition (1 of only 300) Moog Guitar serial #005, signed and played by Lou Reed. The guitar will be auctioned on the Bob Moog Foundation's eBay page beginning at noon (EST) on December 7 and concluding at noon (EST) on December 17, 2009.  The strikingly beautiful instrument is a maple top Tiger Eye Flame with an ash body, maple neck and ebony fret board. Reed has signed the front of the guitar; his labels for the guitar's controls remain on the instrument as well as the brackets for his guitar strap.

Lou 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. Reed experiences the Moog Guitar for the first time in this YouTube video. Upon hearing the guitar for the first time, Reed exclaimed “This changes everything”. Reed performed on the Moog Guitar on the David Lettermen Show in the fall of 2008.

Mike Adams, President of Moog Music, states “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.”

Moog Music and its customers carry on the legacy of Bob Moog. Moog designs and manufactures electronic musical instruments, including Little Phatty® and Minimoog® Voyager® synthesizers, Moogerfooger® effects modules, Etherwave® theremins and The Moog Guitar. Founded by Bob Moog, Moog Music designs and manufactures its products in Asheville, N.C. 

The Bob Moog Foundation is a 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

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