An interesting listing went up on eBay recently that we think a number of our readers will be interested in. An eBay user who goes by the name “maestrohealy,” which is how longtime Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy referred to himself on occasion such as in the liner notes of Two From The Vault, has put a pair of effect pedals allegedly owned by Jerry Garcia up for sale.
Along with a 1967 Boss Tone distortion pedal, Maestrohealy is selling an effect that was a trademark of Garcia’s sound – a MU-TRON III pedal. The MU-TRON adds an autowah effect which Jer utilized in such songs as Estimated Prophet and the disco versions of Dancing In The Streets. He also used the pedal on Fire On The Mountain, Feel Like A Stranger and Shakedown Street.
Here’s the description of the item up for bid…
This Mu-Tron III pedal belonged to Jerry Garcia. It was one of two he had that he used both on stage and in the studio. The white China marker grease pencil marks are his settings he made in the studio using the marker he snitched from the tape recorder where it was used to mark splice marks on the tape. This is an authentic item and the real deal. We have all heard the hours of improvisation he created with the sound of this baby! Guitar players; this is a chance to get a piece of equipment that belonged to the master. This unit comes with a letter of authenticity on GD stationary, signed by Maestro Healy.
There’s still eight days left in the auction and the price is already up to $1,630.55.
[Hat Tip – Papalou]