Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby ac4468 » Tue May 30, 2017 9:28 pm

Wolf is the guitar that inspired me to start building guitars. In case there are any wealthy bidders lurking around here, please continue to share this guitar! It will be a shame if tomorrow is the last time we see this guitar out and about. . I missed out on getting tickets to tomorrow nights auction and show but if anyone is going and if there's an opportunity, I'd love to see an extreme closeup of the sub binding on the neck and the top of the paddle. Not the face but the very top where the repairs are more evident.
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby ebick » Wed May 31, 2017 7:07 am

Some may know this story, I'm sure many don't, so I will share it, cuz it's a cool story.

If you notice, there are 2 little drill holes by the low E string on the head stock.
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Irwin was noticing that Jer would stick his cigarette there and sometimes it would burn all the way down. He wasn't thrilled about that, concerned about burns on the finish and such, so one time when it was in for maintenance, he installed a cigarette holder there. Apparently, Jerry did not care for said holder and removed it. The next time Doug saw it, he saw it as we see it now, with just the two holes, and it was never spoken of again. I have not ever seen a picture of it with the holder.
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby TI4-1009 » Wed May 31, 2017 9:53 am

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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby ac4468 » Wed May 31, 2017 10:38 am

I've read that one. Personally I'll take burns over holes any day.
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby Bigfoot Co. » Wed May 31, 2017 12:10 pm

some limited tix are available right now
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby ac4468 » Wed May 31, 2017 1:03 pm

Of course they are now that I've got other plans I can't change :? :? :?
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby TeeJay » Wed May 31, 2017 7:51 pm

Just saw an AP report Wolf sold for 1.9m
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby HeadSpace » Wed May 31, 2017 8:13 pm

$1.6 million.
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby Searing75 » Wed May 31, 2017 8:18 pm

To whom?
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby TeeJay » Wed May 31, 2017 8:20 pm

Not me. Didn't say who-
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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby TI4-1009 » Wed May 31, 2017 10:58 pm

A guitar of Grateful Dead legend Jerry Garcia on Wednesday raised more than $3 million at an auction to support a leading civil rights group.

Known as Wolf, the custom-made electric guitar was a constant concert companion of Garcia until the jam rock icon died in 1995.

The original buyer put the guitar back on auction to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama-based group which wages legal battles against white supremacists and other hate groups.

At a charity concert in New York, Brian Halligan, the CEO and co-founder of marketing firm HubSpot, bought Wolf for $1.932 million including the premium.

An anonymous charity matched his pre-premium $1.6 million bid, bringing the total donation for the Southern Poverty Law Center to $3.2 million.

Halligan is one of the legions of "Deadhead" fans, who for years journeyed from concert to concert to experience the band amid a welcoming community of fellow travelers.

- "Somewhat priceless" -

The entrepreneur - who co-wrote a book on the Grateful Dead's lessons for marketing -- promised to take good care of the guitar and to lend it upon request.

"I don't plan on selling it or trading it, and so it's somewhat priceless," he told AFP.

"I doubt this will sell anytime soon, if ever," he said.

The auction comes as the Southern Poverty Law Center voices alarm at a rise in hate crimes, especially targeting Muslims and immigrants, since Donald Trump began his presidential campaign.

Wolf has a long history. It was constructed by luthier Doug Irwin, with Garcia debuting it at a 1973 concert with Hell's Angels bikers in New York.

He bequeathed the guitar back to Irwin, who had fallen destitute in the intervening decades, but the move set off a battle within the Grateful Dead who initially objected and said Wolf belonged to the band rather than Garcia personally.

After Irwin won out, it was bought for $789,000 in 2002 by Dan Pritzker, a Deadhead philanthropist and heir to the Chicago family behind the Hyatt hotel chain.

Pritzker decided to put the guitar back on sale to support the center amid alarm at the direction of the United States since Trump's victory, said Arlan Ettinger, president of the Guernsey's auction house behind the sale.

The guitar's auction price, while high, does not top the 2015 record of $2.4 million paid for a Gibson guitar on which John Lennon played "Love Me Do" and other early Beatles songs.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-4561284/Jerry-Garcia-guitar-raises-3-mln-rights-group.html

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Re: Open letter to the future owner of Wolf

Postby ac4468 » Wed May 31, 2017 11:15 pm

That's great news. Sounds like a good new home and a great matching donation to boot!
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