This guitar is from the owner’s personal collection. He purchased one of each design back in 2015 and this one was never opened. So you’re getting a brand new 2015 guitar. This guitar has the “Flag” design on the front.
(Original Alvarez description): The Grateful Dead’s relationship with Alvarez began in the 1980s, when both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir collaborated with Alvarez luthiers to create their own signature models. The team experimented with many shapes, from dreadnoughts to jumbos, and incorporated favorite attributes from both bandmates, like a Modulus neck and Tree of Life inlay. These designs culminated in Bob Weir’s WY1BW, the result of years of fine-tuning, which Bob still plays today.
As part of Alvarez’s 50th Anniversary they have created this special guitar (with two artwork options) to commemorate this long-time collaboration with the iconic Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. Grateful Dead enthusiasts will love the official artwork, applied to the cedar tops by an innovative screen printing process, and all guitarists will appreciate the fine construction, playability and tone of these instruments. The Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary acoustic features a solid A grade western red cedar top, screen-printed under a flawless satin finish.
Other appointments include custom mother-of-pearl “Lightning Bolt” inlays, the band’s iconic Dancing Bear on the back of the headstock, a rosewood fingerboard and bi-level bridge and 12th fret lightning bolt inlay. Both models are constructed using the Alvarez FST2M hand-finished, forward-shifted, scalloped bracing system for optimal performance and response.
Inspired by classic Grateful Dead images, the custom artwork designs on these guitars have been applied using a custom screen printing process. Thanks to Mother Nature, each guitar top varies slightly in both grain and color, making every Alvarez Grateful Dead guitar a unique instrument, just like every Grateful Dead concert was its own unique experience.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Brand new in unopened box. New Old Stock (NOS) The guitar has the American Beauty/Workingman’s Dead period guitar tone. The action is super fast and basically feels like an electric guitar neck when playing. It holds tune extremely well. And, sounds beautiful.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The tuners are die-cast, closed back tuners similar to Gotoh’s.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The 6 string neck is mahogany with a rosewood fretboard, 21 frets, semi-gloss finish, 24.9″ scale. The headstock overlay is Rosewood wth mother-of-pearl inlays of the Alvarez logo and triangular design element below it. There’s also a classic Grateful Dead lightening bolt inlay at the 12th fret. The nut is bone. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The guitar has an Orchestra/OM body type, non-cutaway. The top wood is Solid A+ Western Cedar with Mahogany back and sides and a satin finish. The body has a Forward Shifted Pattern Scalloped X bracing pattern. The bridge is made of Rosewood. And, is right handed. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
The Dimensions are:
Overall length: 40″
Body width: 15″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 4″ with neck 4.1″
Scale: 24.75″Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1.7″ (depth: 0.85″ approximately)
String height at 12th fret: 0.06″
Weight: 4.1 poundsDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
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