The eight amplifiers, all Fender Hot Rod DeVilles, were played by Hammond as recently as the band’s 2017 Lollapalooza Argentina set and as early as 2000 during the recording of Is This It. The biggest prizes of the collection are two 2000 Fender Hot Rod DeVilles that were the primary amplifiers used to record Is This It, Room on Fire, and First Impressions of Earth as well as during their resulting tours.
“They’re incredible, well-made amps, so I’m excited to get them into the hands of other musicians and to use the money to put music gear into the hands of students who need them,” Hammond told Reverb.
Hammond’s playing was as synonymous with the amplifiers as it was his white Fender Stratocaster, contributing to the retro-NYC sound that took The Strokes to the top in the early 2000s. The 60 watt combo tube amplifer was introduced in 1996 as part of the Hot Rod line, and has been in continuous production ever since.
Hammond will donate all proceeds from the auction to The Otis Redding Foundation, Girls Rock Santa Barbara and The Brooklyn United Music and Arts Program in coordination with the Reverb Gives initiative.
The Reverb Gives Auction launched today and will run until Tuesday November 20. While you’re at it, learn more about Albert Hammond Jr.’s iconic rig with our Gear Rundown featuring Hammond Jr. and fellow Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi.