View Full Version : Eddie Vedder's Kamaka ukulele iis on eBay

06-02-2011, 08:07 PM
Eddie Vedder has donated the Kamaka tenor ukulele he bought at Dusty Strings in Seattle and played on his new CD, "Ukulele Songs," to the Ferry County Rail Trail Partners, a charitable organization, and the FCRTP is auctioning the ukulele on eBay to raise money.

The auction is here (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=130527947601%20).

There's more information about the auction and the FCRTP here (http://www.ferrycountyrailtrail.com/).

06-03-2011, 05:39 AM
Somebody must really want this, I've just bumped it up over a grand and still didn't get the highest bid.

06-03-2011, 06:07 AM
It's at $3000 right now. At least it's being donated to charity :)

06-03-2011, 07:43 AM
It's ruined, he wrote all over it. :)

06-03-2011, 07:57 AM
It's ruined, he wrote all over it. :)

Somehow that hasn't hurt the price. I don't get it.

Seriously, this a cool way to raise money for a great cause. Cute little Vedder!

06-03-2011, 03:53 PM
Last time I looked it was already more than 4 grand. Sadly, (for me) it won't be gracing my wall. But that's great news for the charity being supported :-)

06-03-2011, 03:56 PM
Sorry... Now more than $6000

06-03-2011, 06:18 PM
Rails to Trails is a great org they take old rail lines and turn them into bike and running paths.

06-03-2011, 07:38 PM
I learned about rails to trails in one of my classes... go figure. Too bad I don't live near anything they've redone... and also too bad I don't have 7k lying around. :P

06-04-2011, 03:37 PM
Dang, this thing is up to $8,600 at the moment! Who knows...over 10k? Wowzers!!!


06-06-2011, 02:19 AM
10k for now :o

06-07-2011, 09:42 AM
10,600 blimey

06-07-2011, 09:59 AM
10,600 blimey

And 5 days left in the auction...

06-07-2011, 10:14 AM
For that much, I hope it comes with a case. And a Toyota.

06-13-2011, 05:25 AM
Anybody notice this thing sold for more than 17 thousand dollars???

06-13-2011, 05:38 AM
As much as I understand the power of provenance, I think this price is waaaaay over the top. I'm very happy that the charity got the money, but even a star as big as Vedder usually won't command that kind of premium. The fact that he recorded with it, is, of course a big driver; collectors love to put on the album and say, "see? that's this ukulele!" However, Eddie's not really famous for playing the ukulele (until now), and there's no evidence presented that this was a significant instrument to him or his music. So I'm still amazed this got bid up so high.

Just goes to show you-- no matter how much you try to predict the collectibles market, you really can't. Bet we see this on the secondary market within the year...

06-13-2011, 06:02 AM
I suspect Vedder has a lot of friends with very deep pockets that step in an help out with stuff like this. Very cool. I am not a big fan of Pearl Jam or Vedder, but I have been pretty impressed with this latest foray of his.

06-13-2011, 06:23 AM
The weird thing is, the one he has in the music videos has a slotted head stock and this one that was sold doesn't.

06-13-2011, 09:07 AM
The guy with the second-highest bid made his bid with three seconds left in the auction one second after the winning bid was made. Can you imagine bidding $17,000 on that ukulele (which it looks from the bid history might have then been selling for something like $14,000+) and it isn't enough?! The guy who won it must have really, really wanted it. Heck, if one of those guys paid me $2,000, I would have been happy to buy a Kamaka tenor, record with it and sign it and then take my $1,000 profit and buy another Kamaka for me.

According to Kamaka's Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Kamaka-Ukulele/76249127675), the winner receives not only the ukulele but also this handwritten letter.


06-13-2011, 09:22 AM
and............its a tax write off

Dan Uke
06-13-2011, 09:52 AM
It's charity / donation and there are lots of deep pockets. Somewhat related, Celebrity Apprentice raised $1.6MM for 2 charities with art made by the celebrities. They would have raised even more if the Credit Card account allowed more than $99,000 single transaction. Barry Bonds 70th homerun ball fetched $2.7 million. People have money!!

06-13-2011, 02:34 PM
The weird thing is, the one he has in the music videos has a slotted head stock and this one that was sold doesn't.

The CD actually lists 6 ukes used in the recording. (Ok I admit it. I own a copy...)

06-13-2011, 03:39 PM
Ok I'm packing up 5 ukes and sending them to Eric Clapton and Sir Paul to play for a while. Anyone want to buy...

06-13-2011, 04:19 PM
Damn, missed that one. I had fun putting in some high bids fairly confident that there was someone who wanted it badly and I wasn't going to have to pay up.

06-15-2011, 04:08 PM
Wow, can't believe it sold for that much! I happen to have a small Hohner soprano uke signed 10 years ago after the Binaural album (Soon Forget on Uke) - A little backstory on the "wave" - I heard at the time Vedder had a little moleskine or sketchbook that he'd have different friends draw their own wave in and he said you could tell a lot about someone by the way they draw waves. :) - Also there was once a Pearl Jam Ten Club contest to paint a ukulele which was really fun, all the paintings were put into a collage, and then put in Ed's uke room or archives. Nice!

It was Eddie all those years ago who inspired me to pick up a Uke. He's been a ninja ambassador of the instrument for over a decade now. So glad this album came out.

Seeing him in Philly on June 23rd... can't wait!

06-20-2011, 04:32 AM
Yup . . . Item sold! Winning bid: US $17,100.00 . . . http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v486/hawhyen51/locked.png