This Ukrainian guitarist’s apartment was hit by a Russian airstrike – and he’s auctioning guitar pedals that were inside at the time

Nikita Zhemerenko
(Image credit: Nikita Zhemerenko)

Like so many Ukrainians, February 24, 2022 was the day Nikita Zhemerenko’s life was shaken to the core by Russia’s brutal invasion of his country.

Once a resident of the eastern city of Kharkiv, Zhemerenko is an avid music fan and instrument builder, with a sprawling collection of guitar gear and vinyl records, and even his own line of pedalboards.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.