'Don't drink and bid': Jared Dines’ 18-string guitar eBay charity auction fails after winner pulls out

Earlier this month we reported that YouTuber Jared Dines was selling his 18-string, Tasmanian-blackwood-and-stone-top Ormsby electric guitar on eBay, and planned to use the funds to purchase instruments for children whose families were unable to afford them on their own.

The bidding closed on October 14 at $16,400 (roughly $911 per string!), a rather impressive number. 

But, as Dines laments in the above video, "the highest bidder just messaged me and said, 'Don't drink and bid on eBay. Sorry.' "

Well then, why not just sell the guitar to the runner-up, you ask?

Good idea!

Except for the fact that, as Dines explains, “the person behind him also messaged me and said, 'I got drunk and bid on eBay.' "

OK, then.

(Image credit: courtesy of Jared Dines)

Dines goes on to say that he’s hesitant to re-list the Ormsby out of concern he’ll just get “trolled” again. But, he concludes, "We’ll still gonna make it happen regardless. I'm still gonna get kids instruments. If I have to pull out of my goddamn pocket, I will."

Stay tuned - and stay sober - for updates on when and how Dines proceeds.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.