The 1970 built Dan Erlewine Strat custom ordered by Jerry and played in 1972. Dan is a Luthier that has a rather giant Luthier retail shop online called stewmac.com. You can check out his video about it over there as well as get a quality switch for an OBEL or whole strat kit! I think this Custom Erlewine may have been given to Hunter as he is seen playing it later on.
A quote from Dan about from The Les Paul Forum. "Yeah, I built Jerry a guitar around 1970ish? It was a black walnut bodied Strat with a maple neck. I was into "wood" so it had a rosewood pickguard and other "woody" thinks at the time. I have an 8mm movie of me delivering it to him in the mountains of St. Helena, CA where my wife's uncle owns a ranch. We visited when my oldest daughter was a baby. I charged $500 and Jerry gave me $900!
The guitar wasn't worth it! It was OK, but not compared to custom instruments that luthiers are building today. I ma(d)e the neck with maple laminations running at right angles to the fretboard. It made for a weird neck, I'll tell you because since it was a "maple neck" and had no fretboard the playing surface showed glue joints! I was always a little disatisfied with that. I thought it would have "killer" tone and strength because it was maple out of an ancient piano that I tore apart.
It had a stop-bar and tune-o-matic also (Jerry wanted that. . . it also had the num(b)ers 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 , 12, inlayed in large rosewood numerals at those respective frets. Just a crazy hippie-idea of mine.
It also had a brass nut - the very first brass nut that I had ever been asked to make.
I have a pic of Jerry with it if you want to see it.
PS: I ran into a young fellow at the GAL Convention in Tacoma perhaps 6 years ago, and his father ended up with that guitar, and then gave it to him. He was pleased to meet me, and I was pleased that he did NOT have the guitar in hand (with all my building and repair buddies around (500 of them)." #waldotronics #jerrygarciatonenerd
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