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Marshun's picture
Joined: Jun 5 2007
Longer Sounds

Didn't Jerry say something like he switched to electric to "hear the sounds longer"...or something to that effect...pretty cool. Great subject.
I cut my ears on the Travis Bean. I always thought it was "Beam"...
Oh well...listen and learn. I guess I was sort of looking forward to the strat 'cuz that was what I mostly liked from the Europoe '72 songs.
I quickly adapted to the sound of the "Bean" and still very much like the
"high-tension-rubber-wire-sounds" 'specially on those Dancin' jams.
Resistance to change is natural. As Wolfy appeared I was a little sad.
What happened to that hot white guitar. ( did it have an aluminum neck or something like that??) Then, the new dimensions became clearer and again, the sounds became longer and fuller and furthur and furthur.

"I knew without asking she was into the blues"

Joined: Jun 12 2007

He used a strap made of bungee that made it feel half as Heavy.

Gr8fulbluz's picture
Joined: Jun 6 2007
Favorite flavor ! . !

Tiger is my fav for its looks, color and inlay but it was Heavy. I dont know how he wore it night after night, I could never do it. I am way too weak.
That being said I also think Wolf is stunning looking. And I got to echo the Strat is not what I think of with Jerry in mind. Strats are for SRV and Jimi, right. But i love the tone and playability Jerry brought with a strat in his hands. Europe 72 says it all.

TigerLilly's picture
Joined: Jul 2 2007
2 and a half weeks

Until the anniversary of his birthday. What're we gonna do? A moment of universal web silence? All send him our best wishes at one time?

paisley's picture
Joined: Jun 9 2007
Favorite Guitar?

...shall we go, you and I while we can...

That's easy... whichever one he was playing that night!

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!”


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