I saw Jer's guitars at the R&R HOF a few years ago, and stopped in to say Hi to Rosebud in Manhattan last summer. I like way more relief than most folks, too, so I deliberately checked to see the relief on these guitars. It's true; there's a ton of relief in these necks. (Of course, it's been years since Jer had them set up, so who's to say whether they're any longer set up to his preference.) For me, generous relief in the neck allows me to bend strings under those adjacent with more ease than if the strings were closer to the neck. Jer's fingering on the neck was very perpendicular to the fretboard, though, and when I catch close ups of his left hand on video, I can see that the reason it works for me probably isn't the reason it worked for him. I've never run into intonation issues due to the higher action resulting from generous neck relief. Just lucky, I guess. Here's a pic of Rosebud and me, from the NYC exhibit. I was talking to another Head at the museum about Irwin's description of the Rosebud figure as "a skeleton saint in the act of repelling death," and he replied, "Too bad it didn't work for Jerry." Yep, that's true. Visiting Rosebud was like seeing a dear old friend after many years apart. I was verklempt. Wish the museum had thought of a less gallows-worthy method of displaying the Jer Touch Of Grey skeleton, though.
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