It has today been announced that Sonic Youth will be partnering with Reverb.com, the leading online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling music gear, to sell a bunch of rare records, old Sonic Youth gear as well as memorabilia, in celebration of the 30th anniversary of their seminal LP Daydream Nation.
The Official Sonic Youth Reverb Shop will launch on Tuesday, October 30, and will feature more than 200 pieces of gear used on tour and in the studio as far back as the 1988 and 1989 Daydream Nation tours through to 2011. The shop will also feature nearly 200 screen-printed show posters, rare poster-sized photographs, memorabilia, and personal relics from shows played throughout the band’s career. Each item in The Official Sonic Youth Reverb Shop will ship with a signed Certificate of Authenticity.
“For Sonic Youth fans, this is an incredible opportunity to own a piece of the band’s history—whether its a guitar that toured with the band for over a decade or a poster they used to promote a show,” said Reverb’s Jim Tuerk, who’s helping the band sell its gear and records. “We’re excited to help the band get this gear and memorabilia into the hands of fans who will take it and make it a part of their own story.”
Items in The Official Sonic Youth Reverb Shop will include:
- A Koa Travis Bean TB1000A Artist electric guitar that was used by guitarist Lee Ranaldo in 1995 until it was stolen in July 1999. The first guitar (of six to date) to be recovered from the ‘99 theft and purchased back by Sonic Youth, it continued to be played by Ranaldo from early 2002 until 2011.
A Sunburst Gibson Firebird electric guitar that was used live briefly in 1990 by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Thurston Moore and then dug out of the studio twelve years later by guitarist Jim O’Rourke for use on all the All Tomorrow’s Parties festivals. It was O’Rourke’s primary guitar for non-Murray Street songs throughout the tour supporting Murray Street and was played by Moore in the videos for “Macbeth,” “Mildred Pierce,” “Cinderella’s Big Score,” “100%,” and “Bull in the Heather.”
A Fender Mocha Telecaster Deluxe guitar used by guitarists Ranaldo, O’Rourke, and Mark Ibold from 1987-2009. It was the second early 1970s Tele Deluxe used by Ranaldo and one of O’Rourke’s main guitars while he was in the band, before being played by Ibold until 2009.
A Red Epiphone Dot electric guitar used by Ranaldo from 2006-2009.
A Blue Fender P-Bass guitar used by guitarist and bassist Kim Gordon as a replacement for her stolen Precision Bass. Gordon, O’Rourke, and Moore used the bass guitar on tour from 1999-2004.
A Fender Candy Apple Red Jazzmaster MIJ guitar used by Moore for over a decade beginning in 1999 and a Fender Sunburst Jazzmaster MIJ guitar used by Ranaldo (1999-2001) and Moore (2002-2011.)
One half of Ranaldo’s pedal board, which has remained unchanged since 2007.
An Ibanez Copper Sparkle Talman electric guitar used by Gordon and Moore from 1999-2010. Purchased immediately after the gear theft in July 1999, the guitar was played by Moore for the remainder of the July 1999 gigs, then used by Gordon for “Lightnin” and throughout her solo SYR5 gigs.
A Klon Centaur Silver Overdrive used by Ranaldo in 2006.
Nearly 100 vintage and used effects pedals owned and used by every member of the band from Sonic Youth’s inception to now
As well as the gear being offered the band will also be selling more than 300 records on Reverb.LP Reverb’s online marketplace for records. The Official Sonic Youth Reverb LP Shop features rare and out-of-print records from the band’s historic catalog, as well as never-before-available test pressings and records from band members’ personal collections. The shop features test pressings and re-issues of albums ranging from Daydream Nation and Murray Street to Goo and Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star, as well as additional pressings from Sonic Youth Recordings and Goofin’ Records.
So, Sonic Youth fans, what do you want for Christmas?