Damon Albarn chews his guitar when he writes music, apparently...

Publish Date
Thursday, 1 December 2022, 11:49AM

An acoustic guitar belonging to Damon Albarn has been donated to a charity auction, revealing one of the Blur frontman’s unusual songwriting habits.

The auction – organized by The Stone Roses bassist Gary "Mani" Mounfield, whose wife Imelda was recently diagnosed with cancer – features a host of six-strings and other music paraphernalia, not least a Taylor GS Mini acoustic bearing Albarn’s teeth marks.

While not immediately identifiable as marks made with a human mouth – the aesthetic imperfection could feasibly be attributed to years of use – Albarn has annotated the scratch on the upper bout of the guitar’s body: “I chew here when writing”.

He adds, in more text written in permanent marker on the top of the strummer’s lower bout: “Not in the best condition, but very well used for writing over the last ten years. Genuine working guitar. With love, Damon Albarn, 2022 x”

While it’s not clear how much use this particular GS Mini has seen over the years, the teeth marks are fairly indented, suggesting it was, indeed, in Albarn's hands whilst he wrote at least several of Blur’s songs.

The guitar is currently listed with an asking price of £1,400, and a bid of £1,350 at the time of writing. There are just under two days left on the listing, though, so we expect the final selling price to be higher than this.

This article was first published on guiltarworld.com

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