Seattle Goodwill Raises $2,000 With Sale of Stone Gossard’s Mandolin
An electric mandolin once owned by Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard was purchased on eBay last week, raising $2,000 for Seattle Goodwill.
The inside of the case had a scribble with the words "Send back please" and the name Stone Gossard. The item had a small crack and some evidence of wear and tear.
The eBay listing read in part, "Seattle is a small enough town that we were able to get in touch with Stone for confirmation that this had, in fact, been his mandolin at one time. He has now graciously shared it with us to support Seattle Goodwill's programs. Here's your chance to own a museum quality piece of rock 'n' roll history."
This sale was primarily about owning a piece of memorabilia rather than a functioning instrument, since the ad noted that the mandolin wasn't working when hooked up to an amp.
Pearl Jam aren't exactly known for incorporating mandolin into their songs, so it's not like this instrument was used in the recording of any of their big hits. But enough fans were interested enough to create a bidding war.
The winning bidder offered $2,000, which went to help Seattle Goodwill's efforts to offer job training services to low-income individuals.
Gossard, meanwhile, has been busy recording new music — sans mandolin, we presume — for Pearl Jam's next album.