#173252  by Gr8fulCadi
I’ve had a set of Bootstrap 54’ A3’s for awhile now and was planning on installing them in a natural-finished Fender American strat. I now plan on dropping them into a Phiga Eagle, getting away from the Super II’s and hoping for some early Wolf tones. More to come!

Here’s a mockup of one of Rusch Guitars SSS pickup rings I plan on purchasing.
 #173255  by lbpesq
Sweet looking guitar. How’s the neck? I had a Phiga Casta many years ago. The neck was a baseball bat, just huge. It also had a huge volute, almost like a goiter, and Phil’s crop circle inlays. Really nice workmanship (workpersonship?)

Bill, tgo
 #173259  by lbpesq
I see Phil is still using his massive volutes. That sucker is NEVER going to break at the head! I'm also 6'2" and have large hands, especially long fingers. Even so, I've always preferred slim but slightly wide necks. Viva La Difference!

Bill, tgo
 #173260  by caspersvapors
Slewfoot2000 wrote: Mon Jul 04, 2022 6:05 pm
caspersvapors wrote: Mon Jul 04, 2022 4:36 pmIf he had been swapping single coils in Wolf or Alligator then I think we can almost guarantee that they were NOT alnico 3/54 specs.
I hear you for the fact that they technically stopped being sold after 1954-ish.

The general consensus online seems to be that Alligator did have the Alnico 3 pickups.

It's certainly possible Waldo could be mistaken with Wolf, but he usually seems to research this stuff and talks to primary sources at times. I'll reach out to him to see where he may have gotten that info.

But in general, The Dead and their crew were very resourceful as we know. Can totally see them buying a few dozen of those pickups somewhere that still had stock if Jerry preferred them.
You are correct about Alligator. It definitely has 54 pickups, or at least it does now.
 #173261  by Jon S.
caspersvapors wrote: Tue Jul 05, 2022 12:52 pm You are correct about Alligator. It definitely has 54 pickups
54 pickups?! That beats even Rick Nielsen.

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