Zach Nugent from Burlington, Vermont has made a successful career imitating Jerry Garcia’s guitar playing and the music of the Grateful Dead. To accomplish this feat, he’s amassed an incredible collection of vintage gear…allowing him access to every gear Jerry played during a specific era. Zach’s attention to detail is matched only by his work ethic: he takes The Dead’s music very seriously and, contrary to what you would expect from a Jerry Garcia student, he has never touched drugs or even alcohol.
On today’s FJ podcast, we chat with Zach about what it takes to be one of the most in-demand Dead-style guitarists, the gear Jerry has used over the years, why Zach hates 1/4″ cables, and more more. We also talk about his recently released album Good so far, which shows a very different side of his playing and songwriting and features guest appearances from John Popper and Peter Rowan. It also boasts a rare revival of Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar, built by Doug Irwin.
All in all a great talk with a fanatical guitarist and guitar historian. We believe you will love it.
For more on Zach and Jerry Garcia’s guitar tones, check out our upcoming 51st issue.
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