Wow, what a blast. So many great things happened on our SF trip. Certainly a highlight was getting to play the Andy's Cripe. Thanks so much for making the effort to bring down to the show. I was looking at our early 70's set list and trying to think where the later guitar era would fit in best. After playing and hearing it could have fit in anywhere. It could have carried the whole show, whatever era we were doing.
Speaking of carrying, yes, it was a little heavier than the strat and SG I use but it was really distributed nicely. It didn't feel heavy at all. It sat totally balanced on the strap. As far as tone, even with the limited use of only the 3 traditional pick ups, it was wide open and clear, again, totally balanced. Not too woofy on the neck or too brittle on the bridge pick ups. As far as playability, the more I played and got used to the more I could see the potential of how easy it was to play could up your own playing. Again, the word has to be balanced, top to bottom.
Being that I've transcribed and regularly play Jerry's parts from 67 to 95, I can clearly see how each guitar changed and expanded his playing. The gutsy Les Paul blues, the thick sounding SG, the belly sounding strat, to the custom made Irwin/Cripe guitars. The touch, tone and playability of each guitar totally expanded his vocabulary and voice as a guitarist. Had he gotten his hands on this guitar I can almost imagine the new territory he would have explored.
So fortunate to have gotten the opportunity to do a little exploring myself!