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 #37591  by paulee
 Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:16 pm
Where are they now...Im sure private collectors have them....any info...????

 #37593  by caspersvapors
 Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:22 pm
the owner of the colts owns Tiger
not sure who owns Wolf
his tb-1000 was auctioned recently (as well as some of his other guitars)
his tb-500 was for sale for 250 grand on some website, not sure if it still is
i believe the dead own rosebud, not sure about lightning bolt

 #37595  by paulee
 Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:35 pm
I knew Tiger was auctioned off...interesting the owner of the colts has it..


thanks for info on the rest.

 #37596  by willmusic
 Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:44 pm
Wolf is owned by a "private collector" who loans it out from time to time. I got to see it played by Herring with the Dead a couple years ago. It was pretty sweet. I think I'd read that the Cripe guitars, Bolt and Top Hat, were in his workshop when it exploded.

 #37602  by Dozin
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 5:33 am
Bolt, Top Hat and Rosebud are in the R & R Hall of Fame.

 #37607  by weirimpressed
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:29 am
rosebuds beautiful..

 #37621  by swainsonsthrush
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:14 am
My first stop at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame whenver I go (not very often).

Hey Paulee...are you checking your PMs? I sent you one last week.

 #37641  by shakedown_04092
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:22 am
My new luthier/guitar tech, Andrew Olsen from http://www.aoguitars.com, actually worked on Wolf after the owner purchased it while he was working for his last company. Completely gutted the thing, cleaned it up for him, and also made him 2 Wolf replicas so the dude can play them out instead of the real deal $900k one. Can't blame the guy for not wanting to bring that thing out in public very often.

Anyways, Andrew was telling me some really cool stories about Wolf, like how beat up it was, all cracked and what not, and how all the electronics were rusted out and what not. He said Jerry's sweat was very acidic and that kind of stuff had to be replaced quite often on his guitars.

FWIW - the guy lives in Freeport, ME, about 20 mins. from me, and seems as solid of a guy as any I've ever met or spoken with. Been to his shop and it's phenomonal. I'll be having him make me a guitar at some point, because his work is fucking flawless - he's anally retentive when it comes to details, which is exactly what you want in a luthier. I believe he's currently making a couple of Languedoc-inspired guitars (not replicas, per se) and also has templates to make Wolf, Tiger/Rosebud/Top Hat/etc., so if anyone's looking for a master to build them one, check him out, you WILL NOT be dissapointed.

I for one am THRILLED that I found someone like that that only lives 20 mins. away.

 #37643  by krzykat
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:25 am
shakedown_04092 wrote:My new luthier/guitar tech, Andrew Olsen from http://www.aoguitars.com, actually worked on Wolf after the owner purchased it while he was working for his last company. Completely gutted the thing, cleaned it up for him, and also made him 2 Wolf replicas so the dude can play them out instead of the real deal $900k one. Can't blame the guy for not wanting to bring that thing out in public very often.

Anyways, Andrew was telling me some really cool stories about Wolf, like how beat up it was, all cracked and what not, and how all the electronics were rusted out and what not. He said Jerry's sweat was very acidic and that kind of stuff had to be replaced quite often on his guitars.


FWIW - the guy lives in Freeport, ME, about 20 mins. from me, and seems as solid of a guy as any I've ever met or spoken with. Been to his shop and it's phenomonal. I'll be having him make me a guitar at some point, because his work is fucking flawless - he's anally retentive when it comes to details, which is exactly what you want in a luthier. I believe he's currently making a couple of Languedoc-inspired guitars (not replicas, per se) and also has templates to make Wolf, Tiger/Rosebud/Top Hat/etc., so if anyone's looking for a master to build them one, check him out, you WILL NOT be dissapointed.

I for one am THRILLED that I found someone like that that only lives 20 mins. away.
dude i briefly lived in freeport a couple of years ago. (sorry for interceoting the thread)

 #37645  by shakedown_04092
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 11:29 am
Wow, small world, eh? Funny thing is, there's nothing "free" about Freeport. :shock: :lol:

 #37682  by paulee
 Tue Feb 12, 2008 4:10 pm
So who actually owns Bolt, Tophat and Rosebud...the Dead??? or private collector, or did the R and R hall of fame buy them?

....the fame website has nothing about the guitars....a shame really.

 #37758  by waldo041
 Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:31 am
here is a link before wolf and tiger were sold at auction. i believe that there are only 3 in the case now (rosebud, bolt, tophat). don't know what they did with wolf jr, but it's the headless one.

http://www.dancingbearakitas.com/jerrysguitars.htm

peace,
waldo

 #37764  by paulee
 Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:02 am
very cool..

tks waldo

 #37813  by SpaceYrface43
 Wed Feb 13, 2008 4:54 pm
I have been to the R&R HofFame recently and saw some of jerry's guitars. If i remember correctly Rosebud, Lighting Bolt, Top Hat, and headless were in the display case. I'm not sure if the bolt and hat were original due to the fact i heard they were destroyed in the blast at Cripes shack. Needless to say it gave me chill's to see Rosebud in person so close. It's something you have to experience for yourself. I think the Cripes might be original due to the fact they were all Midi ready.????