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Ryan Adams, Tim Armstrong, and More Paint Guitars for Charity


California may be in the midst of a serious drought, but two iconic companies born in that same state are coming together to help people much farther flung receive clean, drinkable H20. Costa Mesa surf giant Hurley and the guitar gods at Fender (founded in nearby Fullerton) will be auctioning off 20 unique Stratocasters in order to raise money for nonprofit Waves for Water, which has already set up filtration systems in Haiti, Pakistan, Chile, and Indonesia.

The guitars in question will be hand-painted by an impressive lineup of musicians, designers, and artists — ranging from Ryan Adams to the guy who founded Stussy to pop-psych painter Tim Biskup — and will appear on eBay from October 22 through November 1. Not for nothing, it’s the 60th anniversary of the Strat, used by pretty much everyone ever, and especially Jimi Hendrix. 

Orange County locals and intrepid travelers will have a chance to see the work before it’s sold via a charity art show at the Hurley HQ on Friday, October 24. Other contributors include Don Ed Hardy himself, axe-wielder Johnny Marr, Rancid’s Tim Armstrong, Incubus’ Brandon Boyd, Christian Jacobs of the Aquabats, car-tist Albert De Alba, tattoo genius Tokyo Hiro, graf guru Cryptik, a whole gang of legendary skateboarders (Tommy Guerrero, Craig Stecyk, Wes Humpston, Lance Mountain, Ray Barbee) and other artists like Natalia Fabia, Dan Smith, and Russell Crotty. 

Peep the poster below, and visit eBay to see the guitars.