old man down wrote:I've always wondered how this guitar could fall 15 feet off a stage onto cement and exhibit no apparent damage.
It didn't break the first time, but that must have "softened it up" for the damage it took the second time it fell.
From an Irwin interview:
"The peghead of the Wolf is overlaid on both sides with several 1 /'28 thick sheets of maple and purpleheart with each piece turned 180 degrees, thus alternating the direction of grain. The peghead is attached to the neck on the back with a "tongue" of this overlay that runs past the first fret; a feature which is not only visually striking, but also adds tremendous strength at a traditionally weak area.
A few years after I delivered Wolf to Jerry, the guitar took several tumbles during Grateful Dead's European tour. The first, a fall of about fifteen feet off the stage onto cement, had no effect on the guitar at all, but the second incident caused a crack to appear in the peghead. When Jerry finally brought me the Wolf for repair, the crack was actually very minor, but a stitch in time, saves nine. Repairing the crack wasn't much of a problem, but having the guitar again made me reassess my early inlay work, and prompted me to reface the peghead with ebony and replace what I determined to be a poor excuse for a peacock with my signature eagle inlay cut from mother-of-pearl."
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