Gang of Youths Frontman David Le’aupepe Is Auctioning a Guitar on Reverb for Charity

We’re excited to announce that Gang of Youths frontman David Le’aupepe will be auctioning off a very special guitar from his collection right here on Reverb later today. The proceeds are going to support the Texas-based Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES)—an organization that advocates for fair and just treatment of immigrants and helps provide them with pathways toward legal immigration at no cost.

The guitar up for auction is a beautiful, made-in-Korea, 2000 Guild Starfire IV ST finished in emerald green that served as Le’aupepe’s main guitar for two years. It accompanied him on every Gang of Youths tour from 2016 through this year and was played on stages like that of Australia’s Splendour in the Grass music festival, where the band performed in the summer of 2016.

David Le’aupepe's Guild Starfire IV ST (Photos by Nick Robertson)

Le’aupepe also used the Starfire to write and record almost every song on Gang of Youths’ most recent full-length release, Go Farther in Lightness. “I wrote every song on the album on this guitar except for ‘What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out’ and ‘Keep Me In The Open,’” Le’aupepe told us.

“ ... It was used extensively for recording live takes and overdubs on Go Farther In Lightness. It was the only guitar I used for ‘Fear And Trembling,’ ‘Say Yes To Life,’ ‘The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows,’ and ‘The Heart Is A Muscle,’ and one of the guitars used on ‘Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane.’”

Gang Of Youths A.V. Club Session featuring the Starfire IV ST

Though the guitar has had a bit of work done—a minor structural repair where the neck meets the headstock—Le’aupepe promises that it’s even stronger than new and just hopes that it’ll find a good, loving home. “I hope it goes to someone who’ll use it and love it the way that I did. It has been a part of me through the most significant period in my career and life, and I hope it finds a loving home so that others in need can find a home in America after having to leave their own.”

The auction is live now and will run through July 25, 11:59 p.m. AEDT (July 24, 8:59 AM CT in the U.S.). Click here to learn more about the guitar and place your bid.


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