Earlier this week the music industry publication Guitar World posted a story reporting the legendary guitar player for the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia’s live guitar rig from 1992-1995 is for sale through an auction company.
The auction is being conducted by Analogr, and the opening bid price is $150,000. According to Guitar World, the final sales price for Garcia’s guitar rig is expected to reach as much as $750,000. The auction site explains the rig allowed Garcia to perform on the speakerless stage the Grateful Dead used and the more traditional live setup of his solo Jerry Garcia Band where he employed speaker cabinets.
The auction listing states the heart of this guitar rig is a three-channel Groove Tubes preamplifier that is designed to replicate the sounds from classic Fender and Marshall amplifiers. The system also includes a number of pedals from Boss that includes an octave effect, as well as a couple of Boss overdrive units, and a Boss equalizer. The rack also includes a Mu-Tron III wah, and an MXR phaser.
Powering Jerry Garcia’s 1990s guitar rig is a McIntosh MC-2300 amplifier. Analogr points out the amp was a part of Grateful Dead’s other guitar player, Bob Weir’s the, “Wall of Sound.” The amp is rated to produce 200-watts per channel, and its use dates back to 1973 emphasizes Analogr.
The rig also includes components from the California-based commercial and residential audio company Meyer Sound, and a number of custom components that were used to control the rig.
For non-guitar players interested in this classic McIntosh amplifier, it can be found on specialty websites that include Reverb at prices that start at $2,700.
Gerry Garcia Guitar News from PRS Guitars
In addition to the Analogr auction, more Jerry Garcia news came out from the popular guitar manufacturer Paul Reed Smith (PRS).
The Maryland-based guitar manufacturer recently announced its, “Dead Spec” Silver Sky model, which is a result of the company’s relationship with John Mayer. The popular guitar player has had a signature model guitar with PRS for several years, and the “Dead Spec” version of Mayer’s Silver Sky model pays homage to Jerry Garcia’s “Alligator” guitar.
PRS says the guitar features a swamp-ash body, along with a special version of its Gen III Tremolo, and the inclusion of a brass-plate Alembic Blaster preamp. The guitar company explains the preamp can be used as a straight boost that adds anywhere from 3dB to 14dB of gain. PRS emphasizes only 1,000 of these guitars will be produced.
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