#166395  by lbpesq
 Sun Nov 03, 2019 12:15 am
Does anyone know the identity of the current owner/seller? Interesting this comes up now as I’ve been thinking about putting an “Alligator” together. Been looking at a lot of pics and doing a bunch of research.

Bill, tgo
 #166396  by NeilG1
 Sun Nov 03, 2019 5:59 am
The pictures on the website are incredible. Even that case makes me drool!
Does anyone know for sure that it is playable? Blaster is removed, volume pot gone too and showing bare wire underneath....
 #166397  by lightningbolt
 Sun Nov 03, 2019 6:42 am
lbpesq wrote:Does anyone know the identity of the current owner/seller? Interesting this comes up now as I’ve been thinking about putting an “Alligator” together. Been looking at a lot of pics and doing a bunch of research.

Bill, tgo
I believe it is owned by the Garcia Estate which really means Deborah Koons Garcia.
 #166408  by TI4-1009
 Mon Nov 04, 2019 10:35 am
:shock:

A great day for "Save Picture As".
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 #166410  by kentuckykind
 Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:30 pm
And the question becomes, how much will Jim Irsay have to spend to add this to his collection?

Looking at the back of the guitar for the first time, what do you think the plate on the back is made from? I would have thought it was brass but it kind of looks like wood?
 #166411  by alcorelectric
 Mon Nov 04, 2019 7:18 pm
kentuckykind wrote:
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:30 pm
And the question becomes, how much will Jim Irsay have to spend to add this to his collection?

Looking at the back of the guitar for the first time, what do you think the plate on the back is made from? I would have thought it was brass but it kind of looks like wood?
agree it does look like MDF
 #166412  by TI4-1009
 Tue Nov 05, 2019 8:43 am
Good catch. Looks more like solid wood- you can see the grain.
 #166418  by ap0p
 Wed Nov 06, 2019 8:42 pm
Anyone willing to wager a guess as to what this will go for? Personally I can't see it topping Wolf
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 #166419  by kentuckykind
 Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:27 am
I believe it will go for more than the $400,000 estimate, maybe $600,000 - 800,000. One thing that will keep it from going for Wolf value is the fact that it has been altered so much since the last time it was on stage and I doubt it would produce sound through amp currently. The volume pot and stratoblaster have been removed. As Alligator sits now, it is a display piece.
 #166422  by augustwest1
 Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:22 pm
I'm gonna guess north of a million, but not by much.

It's all "funny money" to the people in this realm, so who knows. And I guarantee you, none of them give a wit about whether they can plug right in and dig into a Bertha. Volume pot, schmolume pot!

I'm more interested in seeing what those acoustics estimated at around 10K fetch. No real provenance other than Jerry "owned" them and they look a lot like the guitars he would have played with Grisman. That could mean almost anything - corner of the garage right next to Jerry's leaf blower. But still, I wouldn't mind a guitar like that. Or his leaf blower for that matter (and I HATE leaf blowers). :shock:
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 #166431  by perljam
 Sun Nov 10, 2019 6:10 pm
I went and saw it at the SF showing yesterday. It was so cool to see it in person and I got to speak to the guy at Bonhams for quite a while, since there weren't many people there.

- The back piece does indeed look like wood. It was hard to tell, even up close.
- It does play. The preamp was taken out while Jerry was still alive. Bonhams took it to Rick Turner at Alembic who originally did the modifications on it. Rick got it wired up so it does play through an amp. He had to fix a pickup or something, but they did as little as possible - just enough to get it playing.
- It's been in storage since Jerry died. I don't think it has made an appearance at all in that time.
- The stickers were so bright - really shocking after all those years,
- It really looked hand made. So rough. It had screws sticking out, etc.
- The frets didn't look to be in too bad condition.
- The case wasn't there - too bad.
- There was a lot of Jerry's stuff in the auction including some amps, clothing, comic books, and more.
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