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The War On Drugs' Anthony LaMarca is auctioning off a 1969 Fender Jaguar for charity

29 June 2016, 19:09 | Written by Laurence Day

The War On Drugs' Anthony LaMarca is auctioning a guitar to raise money for families affected by multiple myeloma.

At the time of writing, the bidding is at £3,806.12 for LaMarca's axe - a Fender Jaguar from 1969.

Read his accompanying note below to find out how the guitar came into LaMarca's possession:

My name is Anthony LaMarca. I play guitar for The War On Drugs, and I'm selling my '69 Jaguar to raise some money for families affected by Multiple Myeloma where I live in Youngstown, OH.

About the guitar:
This guitar came to me in 2009. It was a gift from my friend, French guitarist Thomas Semence. I believe he said he got it in high school from a friend's dad. He used the guitar over the years with Jean-Louis Aubert (of the band Telephone). He gave me the guitar at the end of a recording session for a French singer named Claire Denamur. I had played it a ton on that record and he saw how much I loved it and gave it to me on the way to the train station when I was heading home. What a guy! Since then I've used it for all my own recording and performing, most recently on tour with The War On Drugs and a few shows with Dean Wareham.

The guitar plays wonderfully. It recently got a new nut and frets. The work was done by Fender in LA, which brought new life to it. It has a new Jaguar bridge and new tuners which I installed. (I have the original bridge too.) The electronics are in tip top shape and the pickups sound awesome. It's a sweet player's guitar. I've never felt weird about touring with it or flying. It's reliable, playable, and looks super cool with all it's dings and dents. I have a newer G&G case for it, which has our tour tags and gaff tape on it (so you know to always toss that sucker stage right!). I'll also toss some fun tour stuff in the case too (some old passes, picks, pizza, half drunk bottles of water, etc...)

About the cause:
Last summer I found out I had Multiple Myeloma. It was a big shock but everything about it since that could go right has gone right. Including getting a phone call out of the blue from the Spisak-Gaugler family saying that they wanted to provide some financial support to me and my wife to help with medical expenses. Bruce Gaugler was a retired corrections officer here in Youngstown when he died from Multiple Myeloma. His family organized a golf outing while he was alive to help pay some of the bills. When he passed, they decided to keep doing the outing to start helping other families in the area affected by the disease. Since they helped me, I want to help them achieve that goal if I can. All the money from the sale of this guitar will go to their cause, and will help ease the financial burden for some people here.

So that's the deal. Get a sweet guitar and change someone's life. Sounds like perfect living to me.

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