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I will bite on that

My favs from a sound perspective are the Travis Bean and the Wolf, today at least :)
The notes just oozed, slinked and slid on those guitars, specially the Bean during 76/77. Nirvana of guitar sound IMHO. And the sound from the Wolf in the GD Movie and recordings is stellar.
However Rosebud was an absolutely gorgeous guitar. The Cripe Bolt guitar was cool, but like Blair Jackson said, the way Garcia had the sound structured was more of an acoustic/pickin' angle and never really did it for me during the super mega Garica solos and the fanning and jammin that worked so well on the other guitars.
Tiger is up there too for sur'. Definately have the most good memories of this guitar since it was the main axe during my years. And at JGB shows.
And then there is the starburst Strat, the Alligator strat from Graham Nash.

While I wasnt around when Garcia played the SG, I always associated that guitar with Angus Young so I get a chuckle out of those old pics. The sound rocked.

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Jerry's guitars....

Wow, no post's here in jerryland.
I guess I'll have to pop the cherry...

I have a question. But first a little background.

While I listening to gd 1977/05/03 - Tuesday with a smokin might as well as my backdrop Im astounished on how Jerry's Travis Bean guitar sounds, it's pretty good!!

This got me thinking, about, IMHO, jerry best guitar, Wolf! Wolf replaced Jerry's Travis Bean in Sept '77

The fall of '77 was the dead's best of the year with wolf sounding like no other. What a difference in tone and style!!!

Travis B sounds really nice in 05-03 (as I have Sugaree ripping in the background) but 11-04 is on another planet. Same year, very different shows as it relates to Jerry's guitars(s)

Wolf was the diamond in the rough. After it's 2nd commeth and it's new Dimarzio pick ups there was no stopping her, hence a solid year 1978!! My personal fav year. It's a Wonder why Jerry retired her early??

Another thing I like about wolf was the color and the pattern of the wood. Dried purpleheart makes for amazing and unique characteristics with a touch of elegance.

Anybody else have a favourite Jerry guitar??
I guess it's some food for thoughts.
Let's here 'em folks
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