Jimkkc wrote:And for that kind of dough, you would think that they could spring for new strings - and maybe even give the guitar(s) a little bit of cleaning - and besides those guitars are w/o a doubt (in my head anyways) the ugliest guitars Jerry used.
I'm sure they are just going by the general rule of antiques that the untouched condition from when Garcia last played it makes it higher in $ value.
So I wonder if the "1977" TB500 began its life with the UGB loop installed, and he just switched right over from the "1976" TB500...? ah- the problem I notice here is that he was already playing the "1977" by December 1976, possibly as early as October. Kind of like driving next year's model car?