Back in August, contemporary artist mister e unveiled (opens in new tab) five custom-painted, Dead & Company-branded D'Angelico Deluxe Bob Weir Bedford electric guitars that celebrated the legendary jam outfit's then-in-progress US tour.
Now, it's been revealed that the quintet of guitars were sold for a total of more than $160,000 at auction, with all proceeds going to HeadCount, Reverb (not to be confused with the online gear retailer Reverb.com), and the “Dead Family” charities.
HeadCount uses (opens in new tab) the power of music to “promote participation in democracy,” while Reverb partners (opens in new tab) with musicians, festivals, and venues to help events become more climate-friendly.
Four of the customized guitars paid tribute to the band's 2021 performances in Boston, Chicago, Denver, and Los Angeles, while a fifth commemorated the band's tour in its totality. Each of the guitars boasts a collage that includes sheet music from original Grateful Dead songbooks, and is signed by each member of the group.
All five of the guitars also come fitted with a custom-engraved backplate with the lyric “What a long strange trip it’s been," taken from The Grateful Dead's 1970 classic, "Truckin'."
“As an artist it's an honor to paint these guitars to raise money for a great cause,” mister e said in a statement. “But as a guitar player and fan of the Dead for years, it is truly humbling to be working with Bob Weir and Dead & Co.”
These yearly auctions have become somewhat of a tradition for Dead & Company, and they've combined to raise $1.7 million for the group's favored charities since their first tour in 2015.
Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.
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