The patent applied for decals on the rear changed to black and white square ones after 79 plus the colour of the bobbins changed from a creamy color to white or black.
Travis Bean 1000A #715 played on Dec 13,15,16 1978. Onboard Effects Loop with On/Off switch. Alembic Blaster, and Custom made Travis Bean Single Coil Pickups.
The GD never made it out to NY?
The L-100 was introduced by LSR before the L-500. Featuring bobbins and Phillips screw-pole pieces, did not have the 'tub' or surround found on the L-500 and later L-350.
Don't be naïve enough to believe that only Irwin wired Jerry's guitars, it simply is not true. In fact, they usually got ripped apart soon after leaving his shop.
The SDS-1's have a distinct allen head adjustable pole piece that the Jerry single coil pickups in late 77-early 78 did not have.
James-T wrote:Waldo saidThe GD never made it out to NY?
Good point, however according to the Bill Lawrence website he was not in NYC in 76/77 but in Nashville Tn. It’s possible that Dan Armstrong’s shop was still at that location and placed “custom orders” for Bill but that’s pretty speculative. Here is a more accurate timeline of Bill’s earlier career on his own:
James-T wrote:I’m guessing that Irwin simply dropped in some aftermarket single coils unless he had some sort of connection with Lawrence who lived 3,000 miles away in NYC. I’d place my bets on SD’s or Dimarzio’s, whatever they offered in 77 as an aftermarket pickup for a single coil slot but who really knows!
This was taken from the New Years run in 77:
DentifytThe SDS-1's have a distinct allen head adjustable pole piece that the Jerry single coil pickups in late 77-early 78 did not have.
To further that comment I understand they were patent protected making it easier to properly identify an early Dimarzio pick-up.
Here is a detail of the hex shaped allen key adjustable poles:
Here is a comparison of the Wolf 2.0 pups to the known SDS-1 in the Tiger (Greek shows 1988):
Chinarider1A wrote:This thread is why I love this site. I too have been going after that '77-early '78 sound and have used at different times a SDS-1, Lollar, Bill Lawrence, Dual Sound, etc. and have yet to really nail it, but the conversation around this is really interesting. I may be incorrect, but didnt Jerry also use the Blackface Twin during this period that had the special black knob (possibly a master volume)? I would assume, and we know what happens when you assume, that using the blackface twin also added a dimension that was different than the silverface.
Jerry Garcia called this solid body electric guitar the 'trainer' others jokingly called it a 'pony' (ie a junior Fender Mustang). Whatever you called it, this guitar was always a work in progress. I was originally looking for an inexpensive beginners guitar for my son Lucas. I had asked our friends at Bananna Music ... to be on the watch for a decent instrument ... When they located this ... I think they wanted around $100 (this was end of 1979). Jerry looked it over, plugged it in to a Yamaha practice amp and reeled off some stocatto triplets, octavoes and arpeggios. Jerry laughed and announced 'we should hot-rod this little sucker up.' First, he said, we needed to have it fitted with a new bridge. He had recently heard that this guy Kahler, who had been building cross for Fender, had started his own company. He told me to take it back to the store and see if their techs could outfit it with Kahler's new tremolo bridge which doubled as a fitted bridge as well. I'm going, 'Jerry the bridge is over $200.-,' and he then tells me to have the store order two P-90 pick ups and have them put it on his tab. This was very generous of Jerry but it meant that Luke would get it for Christmas 1980 maybe. The guitar finally found its way to Lucas who was actually able to learn some chords from Jerry.
**GT:"What kind of pick-ups are those?"
> **JG:" These things? I don't know. There's this new company that
> makes these things and I don't even know what they're
> I don't know what the name is, but they're uh single...single-coil
> pick-ups like a, a Tel-, uh, Stratocaster."
What colors did SDS-1's come in, in 77?
can you identify these 2 different sets from Oct 77 and Jan 78?
I may be incorrect, but didnt Jerry also use the Blackface Twin during this period that had the special black knob (possibly a master volume)? I would assume, and we know what happens when you assume, that using the blackface twin also added a dimension that was different than the silverface.
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