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Jerry Garcia's 'Wolf' Guitar Sells For $1.9M USD.

Posted by Drop-Tuning.com  8:57 PM 5/31/17

10:12PM - 05/31/2017 - Jerry Garcia's 'Wolf' guitar sells for $1,900,000 USD at an auction at the Brooklyn Bowl late on Wednesday night. 

    Jerry Garcia, the late frontman for the Grateful dead, is a world famous rock icon and has amassed a huge following across the world both during his life and in the years since his 1995 death. Throughout the bulk of his music career, Garcia had many famous guitars, many of which were named after animals, such as Tiger, Alligator, and the obvious, Wolf. These guitars did not seem overly sentimental to Garcia, as he was known for giving many of them away when it was time for him to trade up to a new one.

Seen below, is a high-definition close up of a reproduced, left handed model of Garcia's Wolf guitar.

    Garcia allegedly bought a similar guitar from Doug Irwin, for a total price of $850 in late 1972, marking his first interaction with the man who would eventually design 'Wolf'. It was at this point that he also requested 'Wolf' be designed. The original 'Wolf' design was an extremely complex instrument, combining maple with purpleheart wood and featuring an ebony fingerboard on a twenty-four fret neck. While many Irwin guitars feature an Eagle inlay, the first 'Wolf' model had signature peacock inlays. Jerry himself later added a sticker of a cartoon wolf with its teeth showing and tongue hanging out, forever creating the moniker 'Wolf'.  

Garcia first publicly played this guitar at a 1973 concert that the Grateful Dead gave for the Hells Angels motorcycle group. In the year 1977, The Grateful Dead Movie was released, and used a ton of direct footage of this guitar in action, the movie was directed by Garcia himself.

This guitar sold at auction at The Brooklyn Bowl for $1,900,000 on the night of Wednesday, May 31st, 2017, and will have its proceeds go to the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that fights for civil rights for all Americans. The President of the SPLC, a man named Richard Cohen, has said he and his staff are grateful to Pritzker for being "willing to part with this piece of music history to support the SPLC’s mission fighting hate and bigotry."

The guitars previous owner, Daniel Pritzker, is a devout, lifetime fan of Garcia and the Grateful Dead. He originally gave $790,000 for the instrument at an auction held by Guernsey's in 2002. Pritzker, an accomplished musician and film director, has said "I’ve been a fan of The Dead since I was a kid, and playing this iconic guitar over the past 15 years has been a privilege, but the time is right for Wolf to do some good.”

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