How’s this for a piece of U2 swag: The Edge’s first-ever guitar (circa 1976) used in those earliest rehearsals for the band that would become U2. It’s not an electric; it’s a cheap classical guitar that The Edge’s mother, Gwenda Evans, picked up for her younger son.
Back in 1980, Gwenda was working as a teacher at a community school in Dublin. One of her colleagues said she wanted to take guitar lessons but lacked in instrument. Since the guitar was doing nothing back at the Evans house, she sold it to this person for 20 quid. At a later meeting with The Edge, he signed it. The guitar stayed in the possession of that former colleague for all this years. Now it’s time to sell. It’s now set for auction at Whyte’s, a Dublin auctioneer, on March 15. Guesses are that it’ll go for between $1,500 and $2,000 USD.