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A 1990 Gretsch White Falcon utilized by Dave Grohl in the Monkey Wrench video is certainly going up for auction

The 1990 Gretsch White Falcon formerly owned by Pat Smear

(Image credit: Gardiner Houlgate)

A Gretsch White Falcon that has been used by Foo Fighters guitarist Pat Smear and utilized by Dave Grohl in the video for the bands 1997 single Monkey Wrench is on the market via auction.

The classic hollowbody guitar was built-in 1990 in Japan before Pat Smear acquired it around 1996. The Foo Fighters and former Germs guitarist quickly put it to good used in early 1997 during sessions for THE COLOR and the form, his first record with the band. In addition, it saw extensive use on tour in the late-90s.

Smear reportedly requested that his tech Earnie Bailey make several modifications to your guitar, especially swapping out a Bigsby vibrato for a Cadillac style tailpiece and incorporating feedback limiting measures, including pillow stuffing and black velvet on the f-holes.

Furthermore, Smear had the selector switch swapped and only a rotary dial, which replaced the master volume.

(Image credit: Gardiner Houlgate)

The listing page states that Pat Smear sold his White Falcon within a more substantial clear-out (via eBay) in the first 2000s and the initial note of provenance from the guitarist is roofed in the sale.

I had to possess a White Falcon after seeing the fantastic Matthew Ashman use one with Bow Wow Wow in 1981, reads Smears note.

Your guitar looked amazing however the early ones were super rare and expensive and the ’70s models had all that extra crap like dampeners and stereo switches. Once the ’90s reissues arrived I possibly could finally get one without fretting about banging around some overpriced museum piece on the highway… roughly I thought.

The 1990 Gretsch White Falcon formerly owned by Pat Smear

(Image credit: Gardiner Houlgate)

It instantly became among my favourites, getting special treatment (note the ‘Stays on the bus’ sticker on the case) and was usually the main one to grab to play in resort rooms and showcase to visiting friends.

Earnie made modifications while on tour, eventually creating my ultimate Falcon (as observed in the Monkey Wrench video). I played this guitar on several Foo Fighters tours and on THE COLOR and THE FORM album. It had been also utilized by Harlow on the Harlow Land album.

The note is then signed: Enjoy! Pat Smear, 2002.

The 1990 Gretsch White Falcon formerly owned by Pat Smear

The sale includes photos of Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Drew Barrymore and film director David Markey playing your guitar (Image credit: Gardiner Houlgate)

The instrument is on the market via UK auction house Gardiner Houlgate and carries an estimate of 15,000-30,000 (approx. $12,495-25,360). Bidding is currently open with the auction set to get rid of on September 8.

To find out more, check out Guitar Auctions at Gardiner Houlgate (opens in new tab).

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Matt Parker

Matt is really a freelance journalist who has spent the final decade interviewing musicians for famous brands Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound.In 2020, he (opens in new tab), which aims to talk about the ideas that produce creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but shouldn’t be allowed near your delay pedals.

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