don't get me wrong or take offense to this, but this is complete nonsense. yes lieber designed the irwin deluxe logo(a world inlay added to an eagle already there), helped draw out the shape and even cut a lot of the wood on tiger, but he wasn't there when it was all put together with tiger. he's admitted that. and that is pretty much the extent of liebers association with jerry's irwin guitars. not rosebud or wolf, except for the possible refin of wolf which he did not perform. he has also admitted that. he was there and then he was gone, and that is why he is pretty much not written in the history of it all until a couple years back when he enlighten most that he was actually there at irwin guitars for an apprenticeship. his recreation of tiger in no way comes close to the accuracy or detail that moriarty put into his recreation of jerry's tiger guitar. not that liebers tiger is in any way shape or form a bad instrument, it is not, it is a pretty awesome interpretation looking at the photo's, but moriarty's comes in at a little under a third of what lieber charges for his and moriarty's are practically SPOT ON! DO NOT GET ME WRONG, i am NOT bashing lieber at all! he is an outstanding person, a MASTER luthier and inventor. that goes without saying, but to compare him to a pippen/jordan combo with irwin is proposterous. maybe a dennis hopson/michael jordon combo, but we shouldn't be comparing the person, we should be comparing the work.
If you really want to consider Lieber to be Dennis Hopson then I guess everyone else is...who...the mascot?
Compare the work all you want. The pictures of Lieber's "Garcia" blow the other guys out of the water - it's not even close. I actually think it's nicer than Jerry's. No, I haven't played it - I don't have 32k. But if you really want to talk price points - I'm sure if Lieber could create the Gigerstein, he could probably customize whatever you ask for depending on your budget. So that's not an argument I acknowledge. Sorry.
Ultimately, we're talking about the difference between imitators and originators. Copycats and creators. Maybe Picasso's brother could paint a beautiful bowl of fruit. I'd still say that Pablo was "the man". Obviously we all accept Irwin as the Picasso of Jerry's instruments - but, unfortunately, he stopped making guitars a long time ago. Yet here is Lieber, a guy with all the first-hand experience, involvement and knowledge from that era and you are arguing against him in favor of replicators? Really? Why?
Was the list of associations Lieber has with the Tiger guitar and D. Irwin supposed to be contrary to my initial statement? Because I actually find it to be corroboratory. "The guy" was involved in the scene, continues to build, and that's all I was commenting on. Nothing more and nothing personal against Moriarty or the rest of the ever-growing D. Irwin Replica Club.