Paul Reed Smith guitars are known as some of the best-made guitars in the world. The action is light, the neck is fast, and the sustain is infinite. All kinds of guitarists from metalheads and jam bands play ’em. The Dave Navarro Signature (he of Jane’s Addiction fame) runs about 650 dollars, so it’s absolutely baffling to me that the charity auction for the signed Caps-themed guitar above is currently just over 700 bucks. It’s signed by the 2012-13 Washington Capitals, including one Alex Ovechkin (Cam Schilling too, but don’t let that count against it).
Listen. You need to buy this guitar
First and foremost, it’s for a good cause. The Andrea Henderson Memorial Fund helps fight breast cancer at the Kimmel Center at Johns Hopkins. Breast cancer is the second deadliest cancer for women behind lung cancer. 40 thousand women will die from it this year alone. The proceeds of this auction go directly towards stemming that tide. This isn’t the sexed-up, for-profit schtick of Save the Tata‘s or some giant charity through which little money will ever help patients. This is direct funding for a serious disease that has probably already affected someone you know and love.
All of the proceeds for this auction will go towards personalized care at the Kimmel Center. It will do actual good for actual people– in return for a sweet-ass guitar that’ll look good mounted on your wall and sound even better through your JCM800. At its current price, the guitar would be a good deal– even without the signatures. I’m no memorabilia expert, but I’m pretty sure 24 signatures from 23 NHL players and also Cam Schilling make this a steal at 700 bucks.
But I don’t want this to be a steal. I want this to be a big moneymaker for the Kimmel Center and a beloved piece of hockey history for one philanthropic fan. This thing ought to sell for well over a thousand dollars– a thousand dollars that can do a lot of good in the fight against breast cancer.
Even if you can’t drop the change, you can help boost the signal. Share this story or Ben Sumner’s story on Caps Outsider to get the word out there. Good tunes for a good cause!
(P.S. when you get the guitar, invite me over to play it. I’m way better than Brooks Laich.)
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