Joan Jett Gibson Guitar Being Auctioned For MusiCares Fund

By Steve McLean 4/23/20 |

Joan Jett — photo courtesy of Gibson.
An autographed, limited-edition Gibson Joan Jett ES 339 electric guitar is being auctioned to benefit the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Only 150 of the wine red-coloured, hollow-bodied guitars have been made, so it should be a sought-after collectible by fans of the woman who began her music career as a 17-year-old with the pioneering all-female band The Runaways in 1975 before going on to record a string of hits while fronting The Blackhearts.

The auction on was organized by Gibson Gives, the charitable arm of instrument-maker Gibson Brands, and Rolling Stone.

Gibson Gives, formerly known as Gibson Foundation, has provided thousands of guitars and related value-in-kind as well as donations in excess of U.S.$30 million since 2002. Programs it has supported include Notes for Notes, Guitars For Vets, Do It For The Love and Give a Note Foundation.

The MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund — which offers immediate financial assistance to musicians, production crews and music industry creators negatively affected by the pandemic — also accepts direct donations in addition to raising money through channels like the guitar auction.

MusiCares is the affiliated charitable foundation of the Recording Academy, the organization responsible for the annual Grammy Awards. Its services and resources cover a range of financial, medical and personal emergencies. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly influence the health and welfare of the music community.

Jett’s guitar features a thermally engineered, chambered maple centre block and thermally engineered Adirondack Spruce bracing. The control assembly is hand-wired with Orange Drop capacitors and paired with Burstbucker 2 and Burstbucker 3 humbucking pickups. It will come with a Gibson Joan Jett Signature hardshell case and custom certificate of authenticity.

The new guitar has an estimated value of U.S.$2,500. The auction began on April 20 and will close on May 8 at 3 p.m. ET. As of the evening of April 23, it had received 16 bids and the price was up to U.S.$2,775.

Two other musicians are also auctioning off guitars in support of the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Lukas Nelson, son of legendary singer/songwriter Willie Nelson and leader of the band Promise of the Real, is auctioning a new, autographed Gibson Les Paul Junior electric guitar on a CharityBuzz page.

British singer, songwriter and guitarist James Bay is auctioning a new, autographed Epiphone 1966 Century guitar on another CharityBuzz page.

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