Have any of you sold or bought pedals/gear off Reverb or Ebay from someone famous?

Chops

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I had two brushes with fame doing business on eBay. Sold a Rick 12 string to Henry Gross who had a hit with the song Shannon in the 70s and sold a Hofner bass to Doug Fieger of the Knack. Both wanted to talk on the phone to ask questions during the course of the transactions and both were total gear heads who loved to talk about guitars.
 

TeleDeluxe72

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I owned a fuzz pedal owned briefly by Marc Ford. I think it was part of a batch the builder sent him to try out and he sent some back. Huge MFF fan, but I didn't love the pedal either, so we had that in common, lol.

A few years ago someone was selling off gear from Lou Reed's studio on eBay, anyone recall that? I just missed out on a few hard to find effects, including a Moog delay that went for probably half of that they sell for now. Ugh.
 

LikeAMotherF

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Yep. I probably sell a fair amount of stuff to relatively famous people, but they're not known to me. I think the most recent I recognized and can remember off the top of my head would be Gilby Clarke and Alejandro Escovedo.
Those are two respectable dudes. I dig both of their respective ouvres. Gilby was in a band before G'n'R called Candy that I really dig. Although I think it was a situation similar to G'n'R, where they put out their best stuff, he joined the band, and then they fizzled out.
 

LqdSndDist

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I had a guy email me saying he was a guitar tech for Slash, said Slash really wanted what I was selling, and then asked if my price was “the best I could” and offered me 50% of what I was asking.... never heard back.

So Slash, if your out there reading this, sorry we couldn’t come to do business
 
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I have a Vox Delaylab, that I bought from Bill Kelliher (Mastodon)
It was just an ebay transaction - but I thought it was cool.
 

monty

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Still kicking myself but I got the days mixed up earlier this week and missed out on the Billy Talent Reverb sale. I'm a big fan and the prices were actually pretty good. Had my eye on his Tele but would have gladly settled on a DD7 or something.
 

embrionic

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I own Lou Reed's EHX Micro-Synthesizer(vintage one). :) It still has markings for how Lou set it.

I purchased it off eBay after Lou's sad passing. It was listed by a tech who was helping sell off the gear for the family, but when it arrived it came mailed directly from Lauri Anderson with a short thank you note!

Interestingly, although I adore Lou and Lauri's work, I did not purchase it or bid on it for that reason. I simply was looking for one and bid an amount that seemed fair (perhaps even a bit low IIRC) for a vintage EHX piece based on the then-current going rate. I was quite surprised to get the email I had won the auction! "Lou" gets used a lot in the studio.
 
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Big in Japan

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I got this guy.
funny thing. I sold it two years ago and it recently just came back to my in a random trade from half-way around the world.
I have to admit I had to look up who Charlie Sexton was when I first got it.

The story here is not who owned this pedal previously. The story here is how the heck are you getting Cornish pedals in "random trades"?!
 

Zooey

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I bought a mixing board off Rudy Sarzo in the mid-nineties and picked it up from him at his house. I didn't realize at first. While I was driving up there, I was struck by how nice the neighborhood was. Got to his house and saw all the gold records on the wall. And then I got it (forehead slap).
 

Zooey

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Nope. But I REALLY wanted one of the Strokes amps when they did the reverb sale thing. Different than what you're talking about but an easy way to accomplish it.
Over the years, I saw listings on eBay from two of my guitar heros: Johnny Marr and Adam Franklin. I didn't bid on either. If I recall correctly, Adam Franklin sold a sunburst Jazzmaster and it didn't even fetch a premium over regular vintage price. Which at the time, was not even as high as you would imagine it would be.
 




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