The Wolf Tribute model has a neck-through the body configuration. The body wings are an 11-layer “hippie sandwich” with a purpleheart core and alternating purpleheart and tiger maple accenting veneers. Its top and back are cut from AAAAA popcorn quilted maple, with the top featuring the Wolf emblem, which originated as a sticker Jerry put on his Guitar. Later, during a refinishing, the sticker could not be salvaged, so Doug Irwin replicated it in wood, brass and ivory. On the Scarlet Fire model, his snout and eyebrows are brass, his face ebony, his eyes South American yellowheart, his teeth are mammoth ivory, and his extended tongue is holly dyed a deep red. The bridge and tuners are vintage Schaller and the switch plate and tail-piece are laser cut stainless and the coi fish are inlaid w/ blue abalone.
The neck on any instrument ordered is custom-made to the customer’s specifications – any profile, any thickness. All Wolf models come standard with a 16 in. radius Gabon ebony fretboard, with a mammoth ivory inlays and sterling silver fret markers. All necks are bound with alternating strips of ebony, holly and purpleheart. The headstock is overlaid with ebony and bound w/ the same binding as the fretboard. On the reverse there are 6 alternating layers of curly maple and purpleheart veneers. The back overlay extends a tongue to the 1st fret for extra reinforcement in what is a traditionally weak area.
All the pots are J style mil. spec. and the caps are 1977 vintage 2% poly yellow jackets.The circuit has the commensurate internal F/X loop, and depending on the model, will have a vintage stratoblaster circuit or the later buffer. The finish is a 20+ layer high gloss nitro lacquer made by Cardinal.
I offer the Wolf Tribute in 3 pick-up configurations:
- The ’73 model w/3 single coils (D. Allen Voodoo ’69) and the Stratoblaster w/ gain knob option
- The ’78 model w/ brass or stainless triple ring w/ 2 Dimarzio super II humbuckers and a Dimarzio Dp111, single coil w/ OBEL (on board effects loop) and Waldo unity gain buffer
- The late model w/ brass and 3 Dimarzio super II humbuckers OBEL and Waldo unity gain buffer.
I can install an optional din plug for those who want to swap triple rings for different configurations.
I offer the full Cadillac Wolf for $4500, plus a hard case of your choosing. You can save $50 off that price if you forgo the mammoth ivory and opt instead for a brass eagle or MOP on the headstock and a MOP fretboard inlay scheme.
You can save $150 by getting no inlay scheme. You can get a stripped down Wolf for $4000 with no wolf inlay, no eagle, no laminated body.
Estimated construction time: 9-12 months
I require 1/3 of the price down to start, another $400-$600 when the electronics are ready for installation, and the rest upon completion*.
* Notice: While we offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on all of our instruments and products, there is a strict no cash refund policy on all instruments, as is customary in the boutique guitar industry, once construction has begun on a particular guitar, given the fact that with our particular models, the tops are hand selected and chosen by the customer, as is the neck made to the customer’s particular specifications. These are not production run guitars, but one of a kind art objects. While we deliver all of our instruments in a timely fashion, usually well within the originally agreed upon estimated time of completion, all ETC’s are approximate, assume best outcomes and no unforeseen delays. They are only approximations, and in no way implies a contractual agreement of delivery, after which said build would be forfeited, and all monies returned.
Brass Materials Disclaimer:
For anyone interested in brass binding–as found on a Tiger model, for example–it should be well-understood that SFG CANNOT be responsible for any finish chipping or cracking off of brass fretboard binding or brass inlaid bindings, or for finish separation, sometimes referred to as “lift-off”.
Irwin’s original Tiger design contained copious brasswork. While a beautiful combination, brass and wood do not coexist well together under a guitar finish. It could be argued that brass should not have been used in the way it was on Tiger, but that’s moot at this point.
The bottom line is that brass and wood expand and contract at different rates when exposed to normal temperature and humidity changes, and there is no way for me to guarantee that finishes sprayed over them will not fissure and/or flake off. That’s simply the way it is.
Jerry’s Tiger experienced this chipping and cracking at brass/wood joints. There are many available photographs of Garcia’s original Tiger where it can clearly be seen that finish has chipped off around the fretboard edges and binding stripes (see below). Brass is not porous like wood, and finish just simply does not bond well to it.
That said, none of this has anything to do with the structural integrity of the guitar. That I guarantee 100%. The issue is only cosmetic.
There are many people who don’t mind those cosmetic blemishes, since they existed on Garcia’s original and therefore add to the authenticity of the finished guitar. For those who might be upset by finish cracking off brass binding on a Tiger model there is only one solution; order it without brass binding.