Four electric guitars, four acoustics, two basses, and one banjitar (?) used on various tours and in recording studio sessions by Nine Inch Nails have been posted on eBay by Trent Reznor and company. No specific reason for the auction has been given (is Trent clearing out a spare room in his house for a nursery?) aside from a statement that they are “no longer in need” of the items. Yeah, I suppose the novelty of a mutant banjo/electric guitar wears off eventually.
Reznor does have a habit of smashing keyboards, so there are no Nord Leads or Minimoog’s up for auction just yet, but this first batch of eleven steel-stringed axes is only the beginning of the NIN yard sale: “We will be listing hundreds of items over the next several weeks,” a statement reads on the official site and within the eBay description. “Guitars, keyboards, amplifiers, drums, staging, anvil cases, cables, rack/outboard gear, guitar effects, [and] pedal boards,” are on the way.
I understand the impulse for a diehard fan to own an item used when magic was made on stage or in the studio (I own a couple effects units of the late Elliott Smith), but if you’re not a NIN fanatic, you may as well grab a banjitar at the retail price.