Foo Fighters guitar could fetch £30,000 at auction

A guitar used by Dave Grohl in one of the Foo Fighters’ first hit videos is going up for sale.

The Gretsch White Falcon guitar, played by Grohl in the 1997 video for Money Wrench, originally belonged to American rock band rhythm guitarist Pat Smear.

It was used extensively on their second album The Color And The Shape released that year.

It is expected to fetch between £15,000 and £30,000 when it goes up for auction at Wiltshire-based music auctioneer Gardiner Houlgate on September 7.

The guitar comes with a Polaroid photograph taken by Smear of Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore playing it.

Auctioneer Luke Hobbs said: “This is a very exciting guitar as it is one of the few belonging to Foo Fighters, arguably the greatest current rock band on Earth, to have ever been sold at auction. public.

“Monkey Wrench was the band’s breakthrough single and also the first to feature drummer Taylor Hawkins, who tragically passed away last March.

Actress Drew Barrymore was also pictured with Foo Fighters rhythm guitarist Pat Smear playing the instrument (Pat Smear/PA)

“I expect interest from all over the world. The fact that it features prominently in the band’s iconic video, Monkey Wrench, makes it all the more appealing to collectors and fans alike.

The White Falcon is sold by a private collector.

Pat Smear, who was also the touring rhythm guitarist with Grohl’s previous band Nirvana, purchased the guitar in 1996.

In a written provenance statement, Smear explained that he wanted to own a White Falcon after seeing one of the instruments played by British new wave band Bow Wow Wow.

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