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Jerry Garcia’s “Top Hat”. Walnut core with cocobolo top and back, laminated cocobolo, maple and rosewood neck, laminated headstock, 24 fret cocobolo fretboard with recycled ivory inlays, black Schaller hardware. Top hat design made of warthog tusk and served as coverplate for battery compartment (for MIDI).”
—Original description by Steve Cripe and transcribed by Hal Hammer, Jr.
Sandwiching of body layers:
Five layered body from the top: Cocobolo, maple, walnut, maple, Cocobolo.
Top Hat also has a nine-ply neck through the body construction with alternating cocobolo, maple, and rosewood and laminates:
Top Hat’s laminated neck through the body.
The fret markers are double trapezoid inlays made of recycled ivory. At the 9th fret, one of the inlays is now missing. Top Hat has a larger firecracker inlay than Lightning Bolt.
Top Hat's Headstock and Fretboard.