Never liked The Grateful Dead….but…..

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  1. hwy1strat

    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    I did however like the Wolf on one of Jerry’s guitars.
    A guy on EBay was offering a replica sticker….so I caved……I put it on one of my Strats.

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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    Looks like the wolf from Looney tunes.
     
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    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    I kid you not….it was on one of his guitars….

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    Stratafied Most Honored Senior Member

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    I believe you , I think I recall seeing it.
     
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    HazyPurple Without stress... my life would be empty Silver Member

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    I like the rAt on my cheap rat rodding Yamaha
    It's rodded!

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    T-Rey Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Your's would be a good candidate for an Alligator replica @hwy1strat That was Jerry's Strat. Love the Dire Wolf though! Going to be my next tattoo I do believe. jerry-garcia-alligator-auction-1480x832.jpg
     
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    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    THAT has to be the absolute fugliest Strat that I’ve ever seen!!!
    I wouldn’t dare subject one of my Strats to that!!
     
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    It sold for over $500,000 a while back.
     
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    Seamus OReally Mr. Serious Gold Supporting Member

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    Both my guitars have a small, 1” across cloisonné badge of the ancient yin/yang symbol in that same below-the-bridge position. That Wolf sticker is pretty cool, though.
     
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    Hah awesome. I love the Dead, Jerry and Wolf was one of my fav guitars he played. You may not be a GD fan, but anybody that knows them is going to automatically assume you are when they see you playing that so get ready to talk about them :eek:
     
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    Impulsive guppy Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    Jerry definitely had some cool guitars.

    I like the idea of the Alligator Strat pickguard, how you can work on the controls without removing the whole thing.

    I also like his vertical rack mounted pedalboard.

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    Love Jerry and that sticker.
    I put one on my new Paul Bigsby inspired tele build
     

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    There’s also one on my daughter’s bass. It reminds us of our insane border collie.
     

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    ALLIGATOR! A FENDER STRATOCASTER OWNED AND PLAYED BY JERRY GARCIA OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD
    serial number 7310 to plate on the back of the body at the base of the neck indicating a build date of 1955, swamp ash body, maple neck, two control knobs, volume knob missing, applied with several stickers including a caricature of a dancing alligator holding a knife and fork and "Harley Davidson" and "Policeman Helper" stickers to the body, in red plush-lined hard case containing one "Manny's / Heavy" guitar pick and worn "Good Ol' Grateful Dead" sticker to the outside. The guitar has numerous external and internal modifications largely carried out by Frank Fuller and Rick Turner of Alembic, a company founded by the Grateful Dead in 1969 composed of a small group of instrument and hi-fi specialists who were closely involved in achieving the Dead's signature sound of the 1970s and 1980s. Modifications to this guitar include: replacement Schaller tuners, customized brass control plate and a brass sustainer block mounted on wood riser. The guitar was originally fitted with a custom-made blaster preamp which is no longer present. Some of the wiring has also been altered since Alembic's 1970s work on the guitar. All of the subsequent modifications were made to the guitar while in Garcia's possession.

    This Fender Stratocaster, nicknamed Alligator after the dancing alligator sticker on the pickguard was Jerry Garcia's guitar of choice from early 1971 until the fall of 1973. It was clearly a favorite, as it was the first of only a handful of Garcia's guitars that were ever named. Garcia played this guitar in numerous live performances, notably on the Grateful Dead's 1972 European tour. Highlights from that tour were released on the live triple album Europe 72. The Grateful Dead also released some of their finest studio albums during this period, including Working Man's Dead and American Beauty.

    Alligator is believed to have been gifted to Jerry Garcia in 1970 by Graham Nash (ex-Hollies; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) in appreciation of Garcia's guitar work on Nash's solo album Songs For Beginners. Nash supposedly bought the guitar in 1970 for $250 at a pawn shop in Phoenix, TX.
     
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    Alligator was a ‘55 Strat, serial #7310. It was a gift from Graham Nash as a “thank you” after Jerry laid down the pedal steel track for “Teach Your Children” on the Deja Vu album. I was at the 1973 show at Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City when The Band opened for the Dead on Jerry’s 31st birthday, referenced above. Lego Jerry, to the left, likes this thread!

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    Jer breaks out the natural 55 Fender Strat given to him by Graham Nash.
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    It's a 55.:D

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