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Jerry Garcia "Tiger" Guitar Poster by Doug Irwin 1991

Jerry Garcia

This poster shows a great detailed view of both sides of Garcia's famed Tiger guitar.

Size: 19.5 x 34.5 inches
Condition: Mint (like new)

Most rock musicians play instruments for limited periods, continually opting to move on to newer, improved models. Jerry Garcia was very much the exception, playing only a handful of instruments throughout his three-decade-long career. So identified were his guitars that his followers called them by name. (Tiger and Wolf were named for the exquisite mother-of-pearl and ivory inlaid animal images Doug Irwin created on the guitar bodies.) It has been said that there are Deadheads who can discern - simply by ear - which instrument Jerry is using in his many recordings. Wolf was used throughout the early part of Jerry's career, while Tiger - which took six years to craft (Jerry had commissioned Doug to create the very finest instrument he was capable of making) - was used by Jerry in his very final concerts. In one of several articles that have appeared about Jerry Garcia and the Doug Irwin guitars in Guitar Player (there have been numerous articles about this subject in many other popular magazines as well), it was said about Tiger: "Garcia produced more notes with the Tiger than any other guitar, using it exclusively for the next 11 years. 'When I picked up that guitar,' Garcia said 'I'd never felt anything before - or since - that my hand likes better.' " Wolf was the first guitar Jerry Garcia commissioned from Doug Irwin. Once in the musician's hands, Garcia rarely used guitars other than the creations of Mr. Irwin.
1979 through 1990- TIGER

August 4th 1979 at The Oakland Auditorium Tiger debuts
"Tiger" (pearl coverplate) Description: Seven years to make, ebony fingerboard on maple neck, an arched cocobola top and back, vermilion neck and body striping, and W. flamed-maple body core. Meticulous scrolled inlay finger position markers and hand-crafted brass hardware; Strat approach, but with one DiMarzio SDS-1 single coil and two DiMarzio Super 2 humbuckers that were easily removed 'cause Jerry thought their ouput weakened after a year or two. Also had Jerry's effects bypass loop (he knew his electronics!), as well as an op-amp buffer/amp to maintain the high end during effects "on". Result: Garcia's favorite guitar for the next ll years & most played. Jerry strapped this heavy 13 1/2-pound guitar for 11 years.

Jerry Garcia

Jerry Garcia

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