Watkins Glen Summer Jam- No Wolf?

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Watkins Glen Summer Jam- No Wolf?

Postby TI4-1009 » Tue May 01, 2012 9:45 am

Listening to the Summer Jam show on Sirius. I was there, listening- but never got to see the stage (I brought my bike- learned after the walk into Woodstock- but couldn't get it very far through the crowd). Looking at the stage photos, Jerry was playing Alligator. Wolf was delivered in May of '73, show was end of July. Why no Wolf?
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Re: Watkins Glen Summer Jam- No Wolf?

Postby Jimaroe » Tue May 01, 2012 10:16 am

I believe Wolf debut was September (I wanna say 6 or 7th) of 73'.
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Re: Watkins Glen Summer Jam- No Wolf?

Postby Grant » Sat May 05, 2012 7:28 am

It's generally noted that Wolf debuted Sept 5, 73 at a Saunders/ Garcia show (NYC Hells Angels cruise - see 'Hells Angels Forever'), and then with the Dead on the 7th at Nassau.

However, I suspect that it may have made an appearance earlier as there's a photo floating around of Jer playing Wolf in '73 with LP knobs. This is consistent with it's re-delivery after modification in '77. The short video clip from Hells Angels Forever shows Wolf with the Raytheon knobs, so to me the photo suggests it debuted earlier.

As to why it took four months to break out, there are several possibilities;

- I could understand simply being hesitant to take a valuable new guitar out on tour during the hot summer months.

- Being in the studio in August would have been an ideal opportunity to run Wolf through it's paces before taking it on the road.

- It seems possible to me that one or more parts were transplanted from Alligator to Wolf (pickups, knobs, stratoblaster). If this were the case, you'd obviously want to be doing that during the down time to get the guitar just right.
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