Come see this instrument and all of the others that have been spotlighted on the Wall of News in the Dusty Strings Exhibit at Skull and Roses this year.
1987 Modulus/Casio PG-380—Casio Synth Guitar w/ Modulus Neck
Played by Bob Weir 05-27-89 through 8-18-91
The Casio PG-380 is a blend of an Ibanez “strat” style guitar with an integrated Casio synth. Bob took to these guitars in 1988, first playing a couple of different white models. Then at the Oakland shows in May of 89’, Bob began playing this highly modified PG-380.
Modifications include a Modulus Blackknife neck, EMG pickups routed close to the bridge, and a toggle switching system vs the standard blade switch. The latter two modifications are the key differences from the PG-380 played in subsequent years.
This guitar was likely exclusively played by from 89’ until August of ’91 and at seminal shows including the ’89 Hampton Warlocks run.