Mik’s new TIGER guitar – A build journal

I have been blessed with the gift of a new, custom guitar for use in The Garcia Project. It is being built by Leo Elliot of Scarlet Fire Guitars (http://www.scarletfireguitarsllc.com) and will be completed in the summer of 2017.

This guitar will be the culmination of everything learned and information gained about Jerry Garcia’s famous “Tiger” guitar. With new, hi res photos from every angle and years of research and information, Leo is building me what appears to be the closest recreation of the “Tiger” that has ever been built.

Leo measured my fingers and hands and observed my playing style in order to make sure the neck was the right thickness and radius and that the strings will be properly spaced. All of the bells and whistles will be included in this, the seventh Tiger guitar Leo has built. The right thickness, the right woods, the right carvings, the brass, the weight, the beauty.

Here are some shots of the process, and I will add any more information and photos as Leo continues to work on it. Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section.

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UPDATE: 7-3-17

Fitting The Hardware – Almost done!

Eagle Inlay – Almost Done!

UPDATE 7-19-17:



  1. Word’s can not express my enthusiasm my new cartwheel routine might come close Rye Bread!!!

  2. Mik,
    I am thrilled for you to receive your new custom build guitar from Leo, #scarletfireguitars .
    Leo puts his mind, body, heart, soul & spirit into each custom guitar build. Looking forward to seeing the complete beauty.

    • Wendy, I am so looking forward to seeing and playing it! Hope you guys are doing well and thanks for the comment! —Peace — Mik

  3. I am excited for yours to get done. I have purchased number 008! Nice site.

  4. I picked up 009 from Leo on 12-15-18.

    • Excellent! Let me know how you like it 🙂


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