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Radiohead Donate ‘Kid A’ Guitar to Charity Auction

Ed O'Brien's Fender Telecaster is for sale on eBay

picture-18576-1373300776Marc Hogan // November 4, 2011

Radiohead shifted toward more electronic-based songs on their early-2000s albums Kid A and Amnesiac, but of course, the British rock titans never abandoned their guitars entirely. Now a Fender Telecaster used by Ed O’Brien on those hugely influential albums is up for a charity auction on eBay (via Consequence of Sound).

The guitar has been signed by all five members of Radiohead, and comes with a handwritten note from O’Brien, who writes:

“To whoever ends up with this Tele…
It was bought in the summer of ’98, just prior to us going into record the albums which came out as Kid A and Amnesiac. It was pretty much the only guitar I used at that time. It’s also been gigged a lot, up until and including the In Rainbows tour.
Hope you enjoy it – all the best”
Ed O’Brien

All proceeds from the sale will go to benefit the Billie Butterfly Fund, a charity that raises funds for a 4-year-old girl who was recently diagnosed with a type of brain cancer for which there is no known cure.

The auction doesn’t end until November 13, but the winner will need to have pretty deep pockets: The current bid is £1,550.00, or about $2,500 and there are nine days left for charitable superfans to raise the kitty. Women and children first!