Jerry Garcia's 'Wolf' guitar up for auction

Jerry Garcia's legendary 'Wolf' guitar is set to go under the hammer at a Guernsey's auction on 31 May at Brooklyn Bowl in New York City.

Custom-made by luthier Doug Irwin, Wolf was played by Garcia in the Grateful Dead from 1973 until his passing in 1995, after which it returned to Irwin.

This is not the first time the guitar has been up for auction, having fetched nearly $1,000,000 back in 2002, but its current owner is selling up to raise money for the Southern Poverty Law Center, which fights racism and hate groups.

As he puts it, “The time is right for Wolf to do some good… If ever we needed the SPLC, we sure do need them now.”

If you fancy a bid, head over to Guernsey's.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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