It looks like Eastwood guitars are appeasing the Deadhead crowd again.

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Blazer, Apr 27, 2020.

  1. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well not too long ago, Eastwood released their affordable version of Jerry Garcia's "Wolf" guitar.
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    But it would appear that popular demand is pushing them to be more ambitious.
    https://eastwoodcustoms.com/projects/tiger-guitar/

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    A Tiger for under two grand?

    Heck, count me in!
     
  2. Jakedog

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    I’ve been super curious about these, being that I’m a gigantic Dead nut, and even gig sometimes with an all Dead band.

    My hangup is that I haven’t been able to get my hands on one to try, and based on my previous encounters with Eastwood guitars, I’m gun shy. My experience is that they look great, but really weren’t very good guitars once I got a hold of them. Granted, I haven’t seen any up close since they first started getting popular, and that’s been quite a few years ago now. So it’s entirely possible they’ve been much improved. But I had short lived relationships with a Sidejack and a Stormbird that both ended badly.
     
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    Nice. I've been digging the Phred versions too.

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    Don't think that will be a great success, as Jerry has gone long time ago and never was that popular.
     
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    It looks like a pretty nice guitar, but I couldn't tell if it has stainless frets, so I would assume it doesn't. And for me, that's a critical issue. As old as I am, I don't want to do fret jobs anymore. It also costs double what the Phred versions go for. But for me, it's mostly cosmetic, because I've played in a Dead tribute band, and I was able to get pretty much any sound I needed with a Nashville Tele and my GT-100 pedal.
     
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    I have an Eastwood electric mandolin. Workmanship is good, not great. It’s certainly not on a par with the better Asian-made guitars I’ve owned.
     
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    perhaps you're just kidding, but well I can't let that slide by, Jerry was indeed very popular for a long long time, and the Dead family and the music he created continue on strongly to this day, 25 years after his passing. Going on 40 years into the band's history, Jerry and the band were playing 80,000 capacity football stadiums.
     
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    With a 1 5/8" nut? Seriously? For that much money?

    Phreds come with a 1 11/16" nut and cost way less.
     
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    My Korean made Eastwood Messenger is a great guitar, and better than my Stormbird was out of the box. which I believe was made in China. The Stormbird has had new pickups and electronics, a new nut, bridge and tailpiece, now it's a nice guitar. A lot of the stock parts on it were just meh, while the Messenger had many Epi branded parts.
     
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    I've never been a huge Dead fan but that is one cool guitar. It would be fun to play one.
     
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    Good for them. My Eastwood experience was not a positive one, so I'll pass.
     
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    Is it going to weigh 13 pounds?

    I've had my eye on the Phred Wolf for a while, but I think I'd only buy it if I were in a Dead cover band.
     
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    sidejack2_b7b40b61-da51-4617-b9b4-9b19716dde5a_1024x.jpg I love the look and tone of Jerry's original Wolf, and the music associated with it ( say Terrapin Station LP , Cornell '77 , GD movie, I think)

    But I just think of Wolf and later Doug Irwin as Cripes guitars as being SO Custom-designed for Jerry. Love to see them with Garcia, but not for me.
    I'm happy to play GD music with a Strat!

    Side note: I've never played an Eastwood guitar but I dig the look of their Mosrite/ Univox Side Jack or Hi- Flier copies- just sentimental HS reasons.
    Now, if Jerry played this!

    Edit: my photo was supposed to be below text. sorry!
     
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    Do they space the frets so it sounds stretched sharp out of tune in places? :lol:
     
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    +1 based on a Sidejack baritone experience (also a few years ago now)...
     
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    i've wanted a sidejack for years, but i've never played one in person.
     
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    Looks wicked, but after playing my tele for 5 years, I can't imagine fiddling with all those tone controls...

    Part of the allure of the tele is for sure the simple controls. And those tele tones!
     
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    When I see the Wolf ... the expression " boat anchor "
    Immediately comes to mind
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    Like Arte Johnson said, “Very interesting!”
     
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    In the '70's I went to a Catholic boarding
    HS, and learned how to play acoustic guitar within the context of joining into a very cool folk group that had acoustic and electric guitars, drums, piano.

    ( note: a great pressure way to learn rhythm guitar quickly as we were ALWAYS learning new songs for Sundays)

    Anyway the ' house guitars' for this Folk group were a matching sunburst Univox Guitar and Bass much like the Side Jack or Hi-Flier, and for those of us just learning- totally awesome!

    Had NO idea that these were Mosrite Ventures clones then, just fascinating because they were electric guitars.

    Nothing has changed 45 years later!
     
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