About The Jerry Garcia recreation Gear


The recreation of the Jerry Garcia band gear and guitars

For our nationally touring Jerry Garcia Band tribute, we wanted to recreate the “sounds” that were heard when one would go to see The Jerry Garcia Band. To do this we have invested time, sweat, money, patience and love into recreating the identical instrumentation and electronics that The Jerry Garcia Band performed with.

VOCALS
Kat Walkerson has performed with Melvin Seals (the keyboardist from The Jerry Garcia Band) many times. She has a soulful voice that captures the essence of the Jerry Garcia Band singers through all of the years. She sings all of the eras and feels the music like no one else. Her signing, enthusiasm and smile brings joy to all who come to listen!


GUITAR
Mik’s guitars are built to be identical to Jerry Garcia’s custom Tiger, Travis Bean and Wolf guitars. From the pickups to the unity gain buffer and on-board effects loop – not one thing has been skimped on to recreate that wonderful Jerry Garcia Tone.

Mik has three tribute guitars (gifted to him personally by Andy Logan, owner of Jerry’s Alligator guitar and Founder of the Grateful Guitars Foundation) and hand built and modded recreations of Jerry’s actual guitar amps, effects and speakers.

The guitars are just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to Jerry Garcia’s unique tone. The amps and effects are also a very important aspect of achieving the right sound. Mik had acquired a 1967 Fender Twin (blackface) from a friend about 15 years ago. Using some inside information from Mike Wald on components and wiring that needed to be modified, Mik took the twin and made it as close to Jerry’s specifications as he could find. The twin is just used as a preamp, though. The real raw power (and additional tone) comes from the Mcintosh 2100 solid state power amp. Why use a 30+ year old power amp? Because nothing else on earth sounds like it.

Mik’s Rig Fall 2023

Combine the preamp and power amp sections with a rectreation of the Wall of Sound speaker cabinets and authentic JBL e-120 speakers, and thats where the magic starts to happen! Mik plays the guitar in his own style, not copying Jerry note for note. This gives a new energy to the music and helps create a new magical journey for each song.


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The recreation of the Jerry Garcia band gear and guitars

KEYBOARDS
Depending on the era, you will see and hear either a Hammond Organ  with Leslie Speakers (80’s, 90’s) or a Yamaha CP 70 Electric Piano (76-78). So many variations in The Jerry Garcia band over the years make the keyboard slot in The Garcia Project a fun and exciting position for all our great players, including Melvin Seals!


BASS 

Dan Crea’s touring basses reflect the major eras of John Kahn’s favorite basses – For 1976-1981 he plays a custom-built and well-used Fender Precision with EMG electronics and flatwound strings, nicknamed “007”, for 1982-1984 he plays a 1981 G&L L2000 with roundwound strings, refinished by his father Ken Crea with a figured-maple veneer front and back, tinted blue and sprayed with nitrocellulose laquer and also EMG electronics swapped in, and for 1986-1995 he plays a 1984 Steinberger L2, one of the very last of about 1500 ever made at the original factory in Newburgh and the exact same model as John Kahn’s – it’s even possible that this was John’s actual bass and it was very generously donated by the amazing Grateful Guitars Founder, Andy Logan.
For Garcia/Kahn recreations and the Acoustically Speaking Trio he plays a Karl Knilling upright bass, which was hand-carved in the 1960’s in Czechoslovakia.
Dan’s bass rig also mimics John Kahn’s, with a 1965 Fender Showman preamp coloring the sound, feeding an A Designs Audio REDDI tube-driven rack-mount DI box (He also used the standalone version in the studio for our album, “Spirit”) into an early 70’s Alembic F2B preamp to color his stage sound and a Crown XLS1000 power amp to feed his two speaker cabinets, a custom-built 2×15″ speaker cab and a Bag End 1×15″ also from the early 70’s with a vintage JBL K140 speaker.
Also mounted in the rack case is a Korg rackmount tuner and Furman power conditioner that he’s had since the 90’s, a DBX 32-band EQ for fine-tuning, a Groove Tubes preamp identical to the one that Phil Lesh used in the 90’s, and a two-space rack drawer for various accessories including a Peterson Strobostomp pedal tuner.
Often placed near Dan’s rig is a four space rack Nady line-mixer, Alesis EQ and another Crown XLS powering 2×12″ and 1×12″ speaker cabinets which provides keyboard monitoring for Dan and Mik.


DRUMS
From jazz to jam and rock to roll, having a solid drummer that can keep one foot on the brakes and one foot on the gas is a very important part of creating the Jerry Garcia Band experience. Our drummers do just that – Keep time like a swiss watch and can turn any jam on a dime!


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