Alvarez Presents The

Grateful Dead

Ukulele Series

Intro-duction

The artwork of the Grateful Dead is among the most cherished and fabled in all of Rock and Roll, with a history just as rich and beloved as the band’s music. It is our great honor to be commissioned once again to present a variety of classic Grateful Dead imagery on some great quality and great sounding concert ukuleles; a wonderful musical gift or instrument for any Dead Head. Continue below to learn more about these 5 great designs, all based on classic Grateful Dead artwork, from favorites such as Big Bertha and Steal Your Face to rarer artwork such as the Sunshine Daydream album art, proudly presented by Alvarez…

GDU26C Veneta
GDU26C Roses
GDU26C Tattoo
GDU26C Montage
GDU26C Lightning

GDU26C

Veneta

The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert Ukulele with a warm open tone.

One of 5 in the Series, the graphic for GDU26C-Veneta is based on art which was developed for the release of Sunshine Daydream, the Band’s legendary gig and film, which was made in Veneta, Oregon in 1972. The concert was staged at the Old Renaissance Faire Grounds on August 27th, although the music documentary was not released officially until August 1st 2013. The original artwork by Steve Vance depicts a skeleton with a flower headdress, with a hawk perched upon its hand.

The GDU26C-Veneta is a great little instrument and its art captures a classical Dead era, a legendary gig and wonderful psychedelia.

Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Shape: Concert
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: Fan
Bridge: Engineered Rosewood
Fingerboard: Engineered Rosewood
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Closed Back, Chrome
Strings: Aquila Nylgut

GDU26C

Roses

The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert Ukulele with a warm open tone.

One of 5 in the Series, the graphic for GDU26C-Roses features a full rendering of the iconic Bertha skeleton and roses. Also known as Skull & Roses, Bertha was originally composed by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, who added color and lettering to a 1913 illustration by Edmund Joseph Sullivan. The artwork first appeared on posters for the Grateful Dead’s 1966 shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco, and quickly became one of the band’s most recognizable images.

The GDU26C-Roses embraces a truly iconic piece of the Grateful Dead’s visual history, and is a delight to play.

Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Shape: Concert
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: Fan
Bridge: Engineered Rosewood
Fingerboard: Engineered Rosewood
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Closed Back, Chrome
Strings: Aquila Nylgut

GDU26C

Tattoo

The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert Ukulele with a warm open tone.

One of 5 in the Series, the graphic for GDU26C-Tattoo features mirrored images of the iconic Bertha skeleton and roses in black overlay, art that first appeared on posters for the Grateful Dead’s early shows at the Avalon Ballroom in San Francisco. Bertha (also known as Skull and Roses) was originally composed by Alton Kelley and Stanley Mouse, and became one of the most recognizable images associated with the Grateful Dead. The GDU26C-Tattoo design also includes a ring of Dancing Bears along the edge of the top, which were originally designed by Bob Thomas as a nod to the band’s producer and engineer Owsley “Bear” Stanley. The bears first appeared on the back cover of the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice).

The GDU26C-TATTOO captures classic Grateful Dead imagery in a tribal, resplendent pattern and absolutely comes to life when played.

Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Shape: Concert
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: Fan
Bridge: Engineered Rosewood
Fingerboard: Engineered Rosewood
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Closed Back, Chrome
Strings: Aquila Nylgut

GDU26C

Montage

The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert Ukulele with a warm open tone.

One of 5 in the Series, the graphic for GDU26C-Montage celebrates the Grateful Dead’s 50th anniversary and draws upon a collection of wonderful Grateful Dead imagery. The sound hole incorporates the legendary Steal Your Face logo, originally designed by Owsley Stanley and Bob Thomas for the Steal Your Face (1976) album cover. A portrait o Bertha and her iconic roses also peers at us from behind the edges of the top, an iteration that first appeared on the band’s self titled album Grateful Dead (1971), designed by Alton Kelley. The words “50 Years” are flanked by bold and familiar logos of the “Good Ol Grateful Dead” and a classic Dancing Bear.

The GDU26-Montage beautifully captures 50 years of the Grateful Dead’s iconic artwork, and is not only inspiring to look at, but inspiring to play as well.

Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Shape: Concert
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: Fan
Bridge: Engineered Rosewood
Fingerboard: Engineered Rosewood
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Closed Back, Chrome
Strings: Aquila Nylgut

GDU26C

Lightning

The Alvarez Grateful Dead Ukulele Series brings you authentic, licensed Grateful Dead artwork presented on a fantastic, handmade concert Ukulele with a warm open tone.

One of 5 in the Series, the graphic for GDU26C-Lightning features an emergent rendering of the iconic 13-point Lightning Bolt logo created by Owsley Stanley and first appearing within the Steal Your Face logo on the album History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice). The Lightning bolt is revealed between a cluster of Dancing Bears on the right, and iconic red roses on the left. Stanley originally designed the lightning bolt as a symbol to identify the band’s equipment on the road, but the striking imagery evolved into the band’s album artwork and other logos.

The GDU26C-Lightning is a fantastic instrument, with a sound as colorful as the artwork it features.

Top: Sitka Spruce
Back & Sides: Maple
Shape: Concert
Neck: Mahogany
Bracing System: Fan
Bridge: Engineered Rosewood
Fingerboard: Engineered Rosewood
Nut & Saddle: Real Bone
Tuner: Closed Back, Chrome
Strings: Aquila Nylgut
03 / 01 / 2018
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