Bass Autographed By Metallica’s Trujillo At Center Of Indonesian Dispute

The governor with his bass

A bass guitar, signed by a member of Metallica, has been confiscated as state property over an alleged ethics violation by an Indonesian official.

Yes, folks — for some reason, the governor of Jakarta, Indonesia (name: Joko Widodo) was in possession of a bass guitar signed by Robert Trujillo.

It seems it was a gift. That instrument has been turned over to the government, as authorities determine whether the bass was merely a gift or a violation of ethics rules.

Trujillo signed the guitar “To Jokowi, keep playing that cool, funky bass.” Jokowi is the governor’s nickname.

Widodo received the bass from Trujillo, but had to give it up to the state within 30 days, or he’d be in violation of the laws regarding gifts to state officials.

Reports claim the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) has determined the guitar is state property because it exceeded the Rp 300,000 limit for gifts.

Furthermore, there was a mysterious note on the guitar, separate from Trujillo’s signatory inscription.

“There is [a note on the guitar that reads] ‘Giving Back,’ which has different handwriting than Trujillo’s,” officials said. “There is someone else who added it. In Indonesian, the words could have a meaning of asking for something in return.”

I wonder what Bobby wanted in return.

The KPK is deciding what to do with the bass. Some think it should be displayed in a museum, while others want it sold.

“Jokowi can have it again but with a higher price [if he buys it at the auction],” he said.

Jokowi claims the guitar’s work Rp 8 million (or $816).

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