Six-String Masterpieces, a charitable art exhibit that pays tribute to heavy-metal's most influential guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, and supports music education in public schools, is now live and open for bidding on eBay's live auction site. The exhibit features over 60 electric guitars; hand-painted, illustrated and sculpted by legendary musicians, including Dave Navarro, Marilyn Manson, Tommy Lee, Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield.
Go to this location to view the entire collection and place a bid. Live online bidding has begun and the auction will close on Thursday, May 17 at 8:00 p.m. PDT.
The list of participants who have donated their original artwork the exhibit reads like a who's who in the rock and art worlds: Kelly Clarkson, Mark Ryden, Alex Grey, Daniel Martin Diaz, Billy Gibbons, James Hetfield, Ace Frehley, Tommy Lee, Dave Grohl, Kirk Hammett, David Stoupakis, Marilyn Manson, Jerry Cantrell, Sas Christian, Rob Zombie, Paul Booth and Mark Mothersbaugh, to name a few. The exhibit is curated by Curse Mackey; an artist, musician and creative director of the Action Arts Agency. Guitars in the exhibit are the Dean ML model, which Darrell Abbott played throughout his career.
Darrell Abbott was best known as the lead guitarist for PANTERA. The multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated band dominated the heavy metal world in the '90s. The musician was shot and killed on December 8, 2004, while performing onstage with his newest band, DAMAGEPLAN. He was only 38 years old.
Six-String Masterpieces was created by Curse Mackey, creative director of the Action Arts Agency, to honor Abbott's memory. Last year, the guitar exhibit was on tour displayed all over the world including SxSW, Ozzfest, Family Values Tour, MTV studios, London and Tokyo. Los Angeles will be the last stop for the exhibit. La Luz De Jesus gallery (4633 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90027 - Ph. 323-666-7667) will preview the entire collection from May 4 through May 16. On May 17, the collection moves to House of Blues, Sunset Strip.
"This is a comprehensive collection. Some of these instruments of art will be amongst the most valuable guitars ever introduced." said Mackey.
The auction will officially close at the Six-String Masterpieces event at House of Blues on May 17 followed by an all-star benefit concert with proceeds from both the auction and the concert earmarked to support Little Kids Rock, an innovative non-profit music education program that puts music education back into public schools by providing free instruments and lessons to students.
For more information on the concert and auction click here.
Confirmed performers include: Dave Navarro, Chester Bennington of LINKIN PARK, Vinnie Paul (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) and a rare acoustic performance by ALICE IN CHAINS. Tickets for the House of Blues Auction + Concert event are on sale now at www.HOB.com.