The Edge’s first guitar to go on Auction block

January 28th, 2015

By Christopher Scapelliti

Back in the Seventies, Gwenda Evans bought an inexpensive classical guitar for her son David, who was just starting out on the instrument. That guitar is now going up for auction, where it is expected to fetch some attention, if not much cash.

David Evans is today better known by his stage name, The Edge.

Whyte’s auctioneers in Dublin have included the guitar in their sale of Rock, Pop and Movie Memorabilia, which takes place in Dublin, the birthplace of U2, on March 15.

The auction house estimates the guitar, which is signed by The Edge, will fetch the modest sum of roughly $1,350 to $2,000.

That may seem surprising. After all, in 2007, The Edge’s cream-colored Gibson Les Paul, which he regularly used onstage, sold for $240,000 when it was auctioned to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. But unlike that guitar, his classical guitar is a modest instrument that was not seen by millions of concertgoers.

So how did the guitar make it’s way to auction? The Edge’s mum was a teacher at a community school in north Dublin. Around 1980, a colleague said she was starting guitar lessons and needed an instrument. Gwenda sold it to her for the price she had initially paid, around 20 pounds.

The buyer met The Edge some years later, which is when he signed it.

Apparently, The Edge’s mother was quite a big supporter of U2 in the early days, driving them to gigs in her orange VW. Lead singer Bono called her the group’s “first roadie.” Evans died in 2012.

For more information on the auction, visit Whyte’s.