After getting my Tiger earlier last year and an SG later in the year- here's my theory. As Jerry proceeded along his tone path he evolved towards guitars that colored the sound less and less (just like his amps). From the Guild to the SG to the Fenders and finally the Beans, Irwins, and Cripes. I find the SG to be a real tone monster- very "alive", whereas the Tiger is more a "monolithic slab" (not that that's bad, mind you). The SG is loose and flexible, the Tiger is tight, solid. I just think Jerry wanted to add the tone himself, rather than have the consruction of the guitar do it for him. He wanted control over how the instrument sounded. With his later guitars he could do that in any number of ways, but it was always Jerry talking, and not as much the guitar.
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