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The Edge’s Hand-Painted “One” Music Rising Customized Gibson Les Paul.

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The Edge’s Hand-Painted “One”  Music Rising Customized Gibson Les Paul.
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The Edge’s concert-played “One” Music Rising hand-painted and customized Gibson Les Paul. Numbered 96 on the back of the headstock, this was part of a series of 300 Gibson Les Paul guitars designed and customized to raise money for the charity when it first launched.

Co-Founded by U2’s The Edge, Music Rising was created in 2005 as a call to help musicians regain their livelihood after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. As a tribute to the local culture, each guitar is handmade and hand-painted in a Mardi Gras themed color palette. No two are alike. Most of the plastic components standard on a Les Paul have been replaced with wood sourced from the States that were affected by Hurricane Katrina. The initial conceptual Music Rising logo is etched into the pickguard. After the initial run of 300 Music Rising guitars, no more were ever made.

This particular guitar was retained by The Edge and played in 2010 during U2's famous 360 tour, as well as during the The Joshua Tree tours of 2017 and 2019 during performances of the indelible hit song, “One,” as readily seen in photos and digital videos of the concerts. The Edge also played this guitar on "One" and "American Soul" during U2's 2018 Songs of Experience shows.

Additionally, The Edge played this guitar at the 2006 Grammy Awards with Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Costello, as well as at the very first New Orleans Jazz Fest & Music Festival following hurricane Katrina.

Manufactured in 2006, the serial number 0318503126 is etched into the reverse of the headstock. The guitar retains an adjustable Pete Schmidt-brand black leather strap with diamond-shaped cutouts marked in black felt pen on the underside “CR#1 Les Paul.”

A black textured Gibson hard shell case measuring 15.5”x43” and 7” deep is also included, which retains gaffer tape labels marked, “U2 Washington,” “One ‘E,’” and, “Touring Piece.” The instrument exhibits paint splotches, adhesive residue on the reverse, nicks, scrapes, and surface wear over all from frequent use.