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Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead played a major role in American music. Players have tried for years to replicate the sounds that Garcia wrung from his guitar, Tiger. With the Jerrycaster, John pays tribute to his idol and musical inspiration.





Front and back views show the selected cocobolo plates, and the five-piece maple and purpleheart neck. 


The control panel gives the player access to three humbucking pickups, a Roland synthesizer, and almost countless setups and combinations. Also visible are the custom brass tailpiece and pickup ring.

Another view of the controls, showing the custom mounting ring for the synth jack

A maple core is stacked front and back with veneers of maple and vermilion, out to the cocobolo plates.




This view shows the headstock with an ebony cap, and stacked veneers on the back. Also visible are the gold Schaller tuning machines and the brass nut.


Flawless workmanship as the neck joins the body!
A closer look at the detailed mother-of-pearl inlay.

John hand cuts custom coverplate inlays of the customers choice. Below are a few examples.

The "Cat Under the Stars" inlay is rendered in curly Koa, Maple burl, Ebony, and white and gold mother-of-pearl.

Another great cover plate inlay...The Fool.

And course who could do without the tiger inlay!
As a cost-saving option, John will gladly modify your instrument, using simpler fingerboard inlays and eliminating the front control cavity cover.  The body, neck, and electronics are unchanged.

The scalloped, slotted diamonds have an understated elegance.

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