The Guitars for Peace program seeks to raise funds for the people of Ukraine who remain under threat as the illegal Russian invasion of their country continues. To date, it is estimated that around 200,000 military personnel have died on both sides, while around 6,500 civilians have been killed – over 400 of whom were children.
“Gibson luthiers has created an extremely limited edition of Guitars for Peace Les Paul Custom electric guitars that proudly display the unforgettable azure and gold colors of the Ukrainian flag,” the company’s philanthropic arm, Gibson gives, said in a statement. “Gibson collaborated with artists to perform the Ukrainian guitars on stage on tour this summer. Autograph books that travel with each guitar have been signed by Paul McCartney, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood, Slash, Brian May of Queen, Fer Olvera from Mana, Nile Rodgers from Chic, Paul Weller, Mark Knopfler, Lzzy Hale, Margo Price, Alex Lifeson , Lewis Capaldi, Blossoms, The Fratellis, Kasabian, Madness, Maisie Peters, Paloma Faith, The Charlatans, the Vaccines, Toyah, My Chemical Romance and actor Jason Momoa, among others.”
The statement added: “100% of the proceeds from the auction…will go towards the current humanitarian needs of the people of Ukraine, as well as reconstruction efforts once the conflict ends. In addition to the guitars, Gibson has launched the Guitars for Peace t-shirt, to give everyone across the globe the opportunity to show their support for Ukraine in an affordable way.”
McCartney said: “I’m delighted to be auctioning off my beautiful guitar to benefit the fine people of Ukraine. Hopefully it will help them through this aggressive Russian invasion.” Slash added: “It’s an honor to represent the brave sovereign state of Ukraine. I am proud to support them during this conflict.” Lifeson reported, “Once again Gibson rises to the occasion! I am proud to count myself as a supporter of the Guitars For Peace initiative for the benefit of the people of Ukraine.”
Gibson Brands CEO James Curleigh said: “Music has always played a central role in uniting communities and countries, especially in times of conflict. Despite the dark circumstances, we stand by our amazing artists with our support to launch ‘Guitars for Peace ‘ and to envision a better future for Ukraine and its citizens.”
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