Very interesting article on Cripe. One interesting observation from the picture of Bolt is that the 9 ply neck is comprised of tapered pieces. The components of the neck are not all parallel with each other. This is easiest to observe with the center ply as it is clearly wider at the body strap button than at the nut. As are the two wider white pieces adjacent to the center strip. The remaining smaller pieces may or may not be parallel, I can't tell from the photo. Also interesting is the apparent use of a fine tuning bridge.
Another apparent point of confusion is this quote from the article:
Satisfied with the guitar, Cripe embarked on a campaign to get the instrument to Garcia. This was ultimately accomplished through a record-company contact friendly with Garcia collaborator David Grisman.
I thought I read somewhere that Bolt "arrived in the mail at GD productions"