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Lossless Head's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007
Jerry's strats...

I personally love the SG
Alligator was kewl too...

Im not a big fan on strats but jerry sure made them sing!!

Joined: Jun 12 2007
Spent alot ......

Of time at Dozin. I had started putting together my own 'Jerry-rig' based on the 90's rig. It's what I've been using when ever I play electric. Groove tubes Trio and Macintosh 2300. The custom or Alembic guitar will be far in the future, can't afford it these days.
But, on the topic of Jerrys guitars, I also liked the Fender sound with the Strat's bell tone all over Europe 72'.
I must say my favorite Guitar sound is Tiger, that's "THE" sound. THE Jerry tone. The sound I try to mimic when I play a riff like Althea. Sliding up to a B minor with a deep throaty tone. If I could have any guitar in the world, I would have the Tiger. Even though, I know I could never make it sound like the man could.

c_c's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
AC/DC Garcia... man, you had

AC/DC Garcia...

man, you had me on the floor with that Angus Young association, I just pictured Jerry in schoolboy suit with shorts. ( -;

nice link there with a lot of cool Garcia guitar history / pics.

and the main link to a very cool site:


Deadicated's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
Cherry poppin'

When I think of Jerry cherry poppin' I cain't help but to think of the command he had with those Strats from the Fall of '71 on through '72 (he used the Strat for a while in '73 but altered his approach). He was just strokin' harmonics at will - those notes that make your pupils just dilate! I guess a lot of it had to do with through what he was playin', and the rooms, but jeez - but, for me, Lossless Head, it just doesn't get much better ... gracias a dios!

"From day to day, just lettin' it ride,
You get so far away from how it feels inside,
You can't let go, 'cause you're afraid to fall,
But the day may come when you can't feel at all."

johnnyg's picture
Joined: Jun 4 2007
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.

“The Omnipotent Grateful Dead!”

Lossless Head's picture
Joined: Jun 23 2007
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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