Cripe’s notes were written sometime around October 1993, the time when Cripe completed Top Hat and Eagle.  Hal Hammer sat with Cripe with each guitar in hand (except Lightning Bolt which Garcia already possessed) and used a word processor to create this document.  They collectively came up with the wording and descriptions.

His career as a luthier started to blossom and counting built and partially built guitars, the number approximated 25.

1)  Cherrywood core with rare Brazilian Rosewood top and back, laminated maple and purpleheart neck, laminated headstock, 22 fret ebony fretboard, Les Paul type wiring, Schaller hardware.  Very warm sound.

2)  Rock Maple core with Padouk top and back, laminated maple and purpleheart neck, laminated headstock, 22 fret Brazilian rosewood fretboard, Les Paul type wiring, Schaller hardware.  Warm, yet semi bright and distinct sound.

3)  Unfinished, Rock Maple core, black walnut top and back, laminated maple and purpleheart neck, laminated headstock, Brazilian rosewood 22 fret fretboard.

4)  Purpleheart core, Kingwood top and back, laminated maple and Honduran rosewood neck, laminated headstock, 22 fret Brazilian rosewood fretboard.  Schaller hardware.  Wired for a number of sounds, no tone control, 3 volume controls with push-pull switch and mini switches to regulate tone and different sounds via phase reversal and parallel-series connections of the humbuckers.  Bright, sustained sound, but can be warmed up with adjustment of controls.

5)  Green heart core with Lignum Vitae top and back – two of the hardest and heaviest woods in the world.  Laminated Brazilian rosewood and maple neck, laminated headstock shaped very similar to the upper end of the body, 22 fret Brazilian rosewood fretboard with inlayed Lignum Vitae sapwood lightning bolt, Schaller hardware, wired very similar to #4.  Bright sound with unbelievable sustain.

6)  Teak core with oiled Cocobolo top and back, laminated teak, maple and purpleheart neck, laminated headstock, 22 fret East indian rosewood fretboard, gold plated Schaller tuners, Floyd Rose tremolo.  Wired like Les Paul but with additional phase reversal switch.  Warm to medium bright sound.

7)  Brazilian rosewood core with rare birdseye teak top and back, laminated Brazilian rose wood and maple neck, laminated headstock, 22 fret East Indian rosewood fretboard, Gold Schaller hardware.  Wired same as # 6.  Medium bright sound.

8)  Zebrawood core with Cocobolo top and back, laminated Cocobolo and maple neck with Brazilian rosewood center stripe, 22 fret ebony fretboard, laminated headstock, black Schaller bridge, Grotoh tuners.  Wired same as #4.  Warm sound.  The only reason I did not send this guitar (instead of Lightning Bolt) to Jerry was because the fretboard was 22 frets.  I assumed that he would want 24 frets, so I built the “Bolt” using this guitar as the basic design.

9)  Ebony & Ivory – Maple core with Ebony top and back, laminated Ebony, maple and rosewood neck, 22 fret Ebony fretboard with recycled ivory inlays, laminated Ebony headstock, black Schaller bridge, Grotoh tuners, natural, burnished finish.  Wired same as #4.  Warm yet bright and distinct sound.  One of my favorites for reasons unknown.  Steve Kimock’s second Cripe guitar.

10)  Jerry Garcia’s “Lightning Bolt”.  Black walnut core, East Indian rosewood top and back, laminated East Indian rosewood and maple neck, laminated headstock, 24 fret Brazilian rosewood fretboard, black Schaller hardware. Phenomenal sound thanks to the genius who played it.  Lightning Bolt design is mother of pearl.

11)  Jerry Garcia’s “Top Hat”.  Walnut core with Cocobola top and back, laminated Cocobola, maple and rosewood neck, laminated headstock, 24 fret Cocobola fretboard with recycled ivory inlays, black Schaller hardware.  Top hat design made of warthog tusk and served as coverplate for battery compartment (for MIDI).

12) Eagle – Purpleheart core with Cocobola top and back, laminated Cocobola, maple and purpleheart neck, laminated headstock, 24 fret Brazilian rosewood fretboard, warthog tusk ivory eagles head inlay, semi-hollow body.  No electronics.  Was most likely to be Jerry’s next guitar.  This guitar was built at the same time as Jerry’s “Top Hat”.

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