Celebrity Wills – Jerry Garcia


Jerry Garcia had 5 custom guitars made by Doug Erwin. This is what Jerry’s will stated regarding those instruments:

I give all my guitars made by DOUGLAS ERWIN, to DOUGLAS ERWIN, or to his estate if he predeceases me. livingtrustnetwork.com

After Jerry’s death in 1995 this bequest was the subject of a legal battle between the remaining Grateful Dead band members and Erwin. The band claimed the guitars were the band’s property and therefore not part of Garcia’s probate estate. The suit was settled with Erwin getting 2 of the guitars, which he sold at auction for about $1.75 million. Wikipedia

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