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Limited Edition Guitar: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead and John Mayer's Musical Journey

15th Nov 2023

Limited Edition Guitar: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead and John Mayer's Musical Journey

Welcome to the exciting world of music innovation, where tradition meets modernity in the creation of exceptional instruments. Today, we're thrilled to talk about the launch of a new limited edition guitar that's not just an instrument, but a piece of musical history. This guitar is a homage to the iconic Grateful Dead and the contemporary mastery of John Mayer.

The Inspiration Behind the Instrument

The story of this guitar begins with John Mayer's journey with Dead & Company, where he embraced the legacy of Jerry Garcia. Mayer, known for his intricate guitar skills and soulful music, delved deep into the Grateful Dead's unique style, characterized by a "swinging hillbilly bop" that captured hearts for decades. His dedication to authentically integrating into this style while maintaining his artistic identity is nothing short of remarkable.

Design and Craftsmanship

The guitar, inspired by an instrument once played by Jerry Garcia, represents a blend of history and modern craftsmanship. Its design is a testament to the careful study and understanding of what made the Grateful Dead's sound so special. The guitar features a swamp ash body with a 'mock sand' finish that sinks into the grain, giving it a unique texture both visually and to the touch – mirroring the original instrument played by Garcia.

But it's not just about looks. The guitar boasts technical prowess with its all-brass bridge and a brass nut, ensuring durability and quality of sound. The lack of tremolo springs and the inclusion of a custom-designed preamp add to its distinctiveness, offering a clear, mid-range sound that's both versatile and rich – perfect for capturing the essence of the Grateful Dead's music.

A Collaborative Effort

The creation of this guitar was a collaborative effort involving Mayer's insights and his technician's expertise. It's a product of numerous discussions and iterations, ensuring that every detail was fine-tuned to meet the expectations of not just any musician, but a musician who understands and respects the legacy of the Grateful Dead.

Limited Edition – A Collector's Dream

In keeping with its exclusive nature, this guitar is a limited edition release. Only a single unit is now available on Guitar World Australia, making it a coveted item for collectors and fans alike. Don't miss your chance to own this rare piece of music history. Act quickly to secure your own “Dead Spec" Silver Sky guitar, embodying the spirit of the Grateful Dead and the innovation of John Mayer.


This guitar is more than just a tool for music; it's a bridge between the past and the present, a tribute to musical legends, and a testament to the endless possibilities in the world of music. Whether you're a die-hard Grateful Dead fan, a follower of John Mayer’s musical journey, or a guitar enthusiast, this limited edition guitar is a must-have. It symbolizes the fusion of iconic sound and contemporary artistry – a true masterpiece in the world of musical instruments.

Stay tuned for more updates, and get ready to experience a piece of musical history.