A Marin County (Calif.) Superior Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that disputes the ownership of Jerry Garcia's guitars. Grateful Dead Productions (GDP), the Novato-based company representing th

A Marin County (Calif.) Superior Court has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that disputes the ownership of Jerry Garcia's guitars. Grateful Dead Productions (GDP), the Novato-based company representing the surviving band members, had asked the judge to dismiss Doug Irwin's lawsuit for custody of the guitars, better known as "Wolf," "Tiger," "Rosebud," "Headless," and "Wolf Jr." The guitars could be worth millions on the collectors' market.

Irwin, a custom guitar maker, says he's the rightful owner of the guitars he built for the late rock'n'roll superstar. Garcia left the guitars to Irwin in his will. But GDP claims it bought the instruments and they were not Garcia's to give away.

Judge Michael Dufficy ruled Wednesday that GDP had not proven the three-year statute of limitations had expired on Irwin's claim to the instruments. Irwin did not file his claim for the guitars until March of this year. The Dead's attorneys say Irwin failed to claim the guitars within the three-year statute of limitations, but Irwin claims he was given informal assurances all along that he would get the instruments.


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