Lightning Bolt Details



Jerry's Guitars

Lightning Bolt
Jerry Garcia received Lightning Bolt as a gift from self-taught luthier Stephen Cripe . It became his primary instrument for the last two years of his life. Cripe emulated the body style of Doug Irwin's Tiger, utilizing only freeze-frames from the Grateful Dead video So Far, studying Tiger as it appeared in that 1985 footage. The end result was Lightning Bolt, so named because of the motif on the battery cover on the guitar. Lightning Bolt is made of a black walnut core and East Indian rosewood top and back, with rock maple for contrast. The neck is also made of the same rosewood and maple. The lightning bolt itself is mother of pearl surrounded by padauk, tinted maple and rosewood. Lightning Bolt weighs 10.6 pounds and has a 25 1/2" scale from nut to bridge. It measures 40 1/8" from top to bottom.

Four of Garcia's guitars are exhibited at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, including Cripe's Lightning Bolt and Top Hat.

Steve Armato, cripeguitars.com

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