1974 Doug Irwin Screaming Dollar Sign Guitar "$27 Snap On Fac...


  • Year: 1974
  • Manufacturer: Doug Irwin
  • Model: Screaming Dollar Sign Guitar "$27 Snap On Face" (Stereo)
  • Case: Original Hard
  • Color: Natural
  • Condition: Near Mint
  • Description: A Stunning All Original 1974 Doug Irwin Masterpiece… 1974 Doug Irwin Screaming Dollar Sign Guitar "$27 Snap On Face" (Stereo). This very unique piece of exotica was specially made by Doug Irwin (Jerry Garcia's Luthier) for Bob O'Connor, the lead guitarist of the 70's West Coast band "$27 Snap On Face". The 'solid' three-layer maple body is carved in the shape of a US Dollar Sign and weighs 7.80 lbs. The top and back of the body are of a very rich and dark shade of handsomely aged flame maple, which in turn cover the light maple center. Three-piece maple neck with two mahogany strips and a nut width of 1 5/8 inches and a thin and very fast profile. Beautifully grained walnut faced headstock with Doug Irwin's famous "Eagle" inlaid in Mother-of-Pearl, beneath that an inlaid engraved metal 'Heart' and below that $27 / SNAP / ON / FACE inlaid in abalone. Hand-fashioned brass nut. Truss-rod adjustment nut at body end of neck (accessible from neck pickup cavity). Individual Schaller "Roto-Matic" tuners with half-moon metal buttons. Ebony fretboard with 21 jumbo frets and hand crafted inlaid abalone "currency" symbol position markers denoting at the third fret - The British Pound Sign; at the fifth fret - The German Deutsche Mark; at the seventh fret - The French Franc; at the ninth fret - The Japanese Yen; at the twelfth fret - A 'Double' US Dollar Sign; at the fifteenth fret - The Netherlands Guilder; at the seventeenth fret - The Paraguayan Guarani; at the nineteenth fret - The Mexican Peso, and at the twenty-first fret - The Polish Zloty. Silver side-dot markers on bass side of neck. Inlaid on the face of the treble horn is an arrow-pierced heart-shaped mother-of-pearl inlay which is engraved "Love Forever / Bob & Gailyn". This is a fully independent, stereophonic guitar with independent, isolated passive pickup circuits. Two Gibson "Patent No" Humbuckers with black plastic pickup surrounds and rectangular black labels on the underside with perfectly balanced outputs of 7.66k and 7.65k. The metal pickup covers are covered in a special "design tape" with circular engraving. The bridge pickup black plastic surround has been cut into in order to accomodate the ABR-1 (retainer) Tune-O-Matic bridge which has six individual metal saddles. Four controls (two volume and two tone) and a three-way pickup selector switch, all mounted on a brass control plate with circular engraving and five (of six) screws. The potentiometers are all dated "137 7408" (CTS, February 1974). Unique 'circular engraved' tailpiece. The guitar houses on the treble-horn a three-way rotary switch and two two-way mini-toggle switches (non active). These are accessible from the back cavity where future audio designs can be tested and incorporated. This cavity has a circular engraved brass cover with six screws; This dedicated area is the "protolab." Two independent jack sockets on the back of the body (one for each pickup) which allows the signal from each pickup to be processed and amplified separately. This incredible 'Work of Art' / 'Piece of Rock 'n' Roll History' is in exceptionally fine and all original (9.00) condition. There is some fine finish checking and the back of the neck does not have any coating of varnish as originally made. Housed in the original rectangular black hardshell case with black leather ends and dark blue plush lining (9.00). Together with the original 1977 vinyl album "27 Snap On Face" and a copy of the 1977 magazine "Creem" reviewing the band…(#1202).