Modified Jerry Garcia "Lightning Bolt" Tribute Guitar Figured Bubinga
Hand Crafted by Resurrection Custom Guitar Company / Pat O'Donnell Luthier/Owner
What we have here is a custom hand made guitar from Pat O'Donnell at Resurrection Guitars. It is based on the exact design, woodworking and electronics as Garcia's Bolt with the absence of a MIDI system. This guitar has the On Board Effects Loop (OBEL) and weighs in at 9 3/4 lbs! The coolest thing to me is that the truss rod cover is made from the original Opium Rosewood Bed that Jerry's "Bolt" guitar was made from.
If you are unfamiliar with Pat O'Donnell, here is an excerpt about him from his Facebook page: "'I've been building and repairing guitars since the early '70's. I'm a custom builder who does everything by hand....no CNC machines, no one works on these guitars other than myself. Each instrument is handcrafted according to your specifications. It may take a little time, but if you are willing to be patient, you will get the guitar of your dreams."
The guitar is setup with very low action. I have played it very sparingly and it has been stored away it it's hard shell case. I'll answer the answer obvious question so you don't have to ask… Why am I selling it? Two reasons, I have a bit of difficulty going from my more standard guitars such as a Strat and LP to the Bolt because of the 24 frets. The second is that I'm leaning away from playing Dead tunes as much as I play other things. There are no issues with the guitar! It truly is awesome but it's too nice/expensive not to play! Similar guitars from Alembic, Moriarity, etc. can easily sell for over $10k but NONE of the have the ties to Garcia that a Resurrection guitar does! I am looking to get $6K and I'll ship it to you free insured which I expect to cost me around $200-250. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions!
I normally sell my guitars on eBay but I'm listing it here first with plans to post it on eBay soon. You can check out my profile on eBay (pctidefan). I'm trying to figure out how to get photos on here but i'm not getting very far. I'll post them after this initial submit or on a photosharing site and post that. Sorry...
Here are the details:
◆ Jerry Garcia "BOLT" body shape!
◆ 5-Piece Body Laminating schedule: Figured Bubinga-Maple-Mahogony-Maple-Figured Bubinga : The entire back of guitar is capped in figured Bubinga!
◆ No Body Binding
◆ Clear Nitro Finish with NO shaders or tints.
◆ Battery Cover: Bubinga Oval, Maple Ring
◆ 9-Piece Neck Laminating schedule: Morado(Pau-Ferro)-Maple-Walnut-Maple-Mahogany-Maple-Walnut-Maple-Morado(Pau-Ferro)
◆ Width at nut: 1 5/8"
◆ Width at 22nd Fret: 2 3/16"
◆ Depth at 1st Fret: 13/16"
◆ Depth at 12th Fret: 15/16"
◆ Ebony Fretboard
◆ White Neck Binding
◆ Frets: .046 x 103
◆ 12" Radius
◆ White Mother of Pearl #2 Fretboard Inlays
◆ White Mother of Pearl "Firecracker" inlay in the Headstock
◆ Truss Rod Cover made from Garcia original Opium Bed!
◆ 2-Way TrussRod
Electronics and Hardware:
◆ Tuners: Gotoh Shaller - Black
◆ Locking Strap Buttons - Black
◆ Wide Tuneomatic Bridge - Black
◆ Standard Black Stop Tail
◆ Chrome Switches
◆ Brass Nut
◆ Pickups: 3 Dimarzio Super II's
◆ Preamp/Buffer: CAE Sound Unity Gain Buffer
Included will be a Hub Bub dual mode cable hub designed exclusively for OBEL equipped guitars made by Godfrey Daniels. Just flip the toggle switch to the right and the Hub Bub routes the signal from your OBEL thru your pedal chain and back to your guitar before the volume/tone controls and then out to your amp. If you flip the switch to the left, the Hub Bub bypasses the OBEL circuit and routes a traditional signal from a non OBEL equipped guitar thru your effects chain and out to your amp. See a thread here for more info: viewtopic.php?f=334&t=8308
I'll also include an issue of Vintage Guitar magazine from January 2010 with an article about the Steven Cripe Guitars "Holy Cripes! The story of Jerry Garcia's last guitars"
Here is some background info on Steven Cripe/ Bolt / Pat O'Donnell courtesy of Dozin.com:
"Garcia's next guitar arrived in the mail at the Grateful Dead office in 1993. Stephen Cripe, a 39-year-old Florida woodworker who spent years building custom interiors for Caribbean yachts, decided to try his hand at making a guitar. Using a few photos and a Dead video, he knocked off Irwin's design of Tiger with a few flourishes of his own, like carving the body out of a piece of East Indian rosewood recycled from a 19th century Asian opium bed. Garcia was floored. He gave the piece to San Francisco repairman Gary Brawer to fix the electronic guts, but it was a miracle guitar. "Garcia was amazed when it came around," said band mate Bob Weir, "at the guesswork he had to make -- and got right -- to give that guitar Irwin's look and feel. It was astounding." He pronounced the piece "the guitar I've always been waiting for" and began playing the instrument exclusively. It came to be called Lightning Bolt. Garcia met with Cripe briefly backstage at a Florida concert and commissioned a second guitar for $6,500, known as Top Hat, although Garcia almost never played it. Cripe, whose hobby was making fireworks, died in May 1996 when his work shed blew up. He used an exploding firecracker as the insignia on his guitars' headstocks. Lightning Bolt was in the shop on the last tour. In his final show at Soldier Field in Chicago on July 9, 1995, Garcia started out playing Rosebud, but midway through the show, the guitar developed problems. Garcia strapped on the tour's spare guitar -- Tiger, out of mothballs for the occasion -- and finished his final concert on his old trusty axe."
- Now here's the story of Resurrection Guitars - owned and run by father and son Pat and Tim O'Donnell.:
"Resurrection Guitars was attending many guitar shows and that was when Steven Cripe and Pat met. They both had similar backgrounds in the boat and woodworking business. They left the show and weren't seen for the the rest of the day. Pat was amaZed at the woodworking and artistic skill in Cripes guitars and Cripe was amaZed that Pat could make a 5 pound guitar sound so good with massive sustain. They became friends soon after and talked shop often. Unfortunately Steve was killed in an explosion in his shop in Trilby Florida. Pat and son Tim finished some of Steve's guitars and by 98' they were considered the authorities on Steve's work. By studying his instruments first hand and seeing and using many of the jigs and tools that Steve designed they had a massive amount of insight on how Steve built his guitars and the evolution and direction he may have been heading. In addition to building their own model of guitars, Pat and Tim with the permission of Pete Cripe built their first replicas of Steve's instruments for clients that had been in contact with Steve before his death."
More info regarding the Cripe story at http://www.cripeguitars.com/guitar.html