Garcia Family LLC Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Tiger

Lieber Guitars’ Tiger tribute was officially sanctioned and influenced by the Garcia family for the 50th Anniversary of the Grateful Dead. Featuring highly-figured maple and custom Jerry inlays on the headstock, the 50th Anniversary Tiger captures the beauty and grace of the Grateful Dead and Garcia’s legacy.

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A year before the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary, Trixie Garcia and I began an informal discussion about her father’s guitars. I asked her which of Jerry’s guitars was his favorite, which was her favorite, and which may be the tribe’s favorite? She told me that Jerry’s favorite was the Tiger, hers was the Tiger, and the tribe’s seemed to be the Wolf!

We launched the project so that the Garcia Family Tiger was intentionally designed to be part Wolf in relation to the wood species used to craft the instrument. Unlike Jerry’s original Tiger, which was made from cocobolo, we tapped figured maple similar to his Wolf for a new hybrid build that respected the vision and love from everyone including Jerry, his family, and fans.

The Anniversary Tiger collaboration was 50 years in the making, resulting in a new instrument that evokes comfortable familiarity in both appearance and tone, influenced by conversations with Trixie and the legacy of Jerry’s performances using those two iconic guitars.

Additional information

Weight8.5 lbs


Body: Flame (tiger) Maple 1/4 inch top / back , 1 1/8 core comprised of 7/8 thick Flamed Maple with1/4 Walnut laminated between top and back

Neck: Three pieces Flamed (tiger) Maple neck with Walnut veneer set between laminations.

Headstock: Ebony faceplate, new Logo designed exclusively for project, Jerry logo (Ebony, Holly and Copper marquetry Jerry inlay , Figured Quilted Maple backside of headstock

Fingerboard: Ebony with either Tiger Mother of Pearl inlay pattern, 24 Fret 25 ½ inch scale

Electronics: DiMarzio pickups and Garcia OBEL electronics package, stereo cord

Hardware: Brass / Gold plated: Schaller locking gears, exotic wood / substrate pickup mounting ring, brass Gold plated Harmonica Bridge, custom brass Gold plated tailpiece, brass string nut, brass Gold-plated large strap buttons.

  • Total Length:  40 ½ inches
  • Body length: 16 ¾ inches
  • Upper bout width: 12 inches
  • Lower bout width: 14 inches
  • Thickness: 1 7/8 inches
  • Neck: 24 fret 25 ½ inch scale
  • String Nut width:  1 5/8
  • Fingerboard end width: 2 5/32
  • Peghead angle: 11 degrees
  • Weight: 8.5 lbs
  • Hardware: Gold plated
  • Schaller Locking tuning gears
  • Kluson “Garcia” bridge and Tailpiece
  • Large strap buttons
  • Barrel knobs, both single and concentric
  • Custom scalloped brass string nut
  • Eletronics: OBEL package
  • CAE CB 1 buffer
  • DiMarzio two DP104 super 2’s plus one SDS-1 DP 111
  • Humbucking coil selection, Series/Single coil/Parallel
  • Master volume, tone for each pickup
  • 5 position pickup selector switch
  • OBEL on/off mini switch
  • Stereo cord provided for OBEL operation