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Tom Lieber Built Legendary Guitar On Show At Fenimore

Tom Lieber Built Legendary

Guitar On Show At Fenimore

Oaksville Man To Discuss Creation At 6 p.m. Saturday
Tom Leiber and his famous guitar in 2013.

COOPERSTOWN – One of the most legendary basses in rock ’n’ roll history – as it happens, built by Tom Lieber of Fly Creek –  is on display at the Fenimore Art Museum through Sept. 2.

The bass, named “Dragon,” was designed and crafted in 1977 for Jefferson Starship bassist Pete Sears by Lieber, a parter with Doug Irwin in the D Irwin Guitar Co. from 1974 to 1977.

Lieber will discuss the guitar’s creation and its mysterious 30-year disappearance 6-8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, in a Fenimore “Food for Thought” presentation.

The “Dragon” bass is constructed from rare hardwoods and has a distinct, silver dragon design inlay on the body. Its cocobolo top was cut from the same piece of wood as Jerry Garcia’s famous “Tiger” guitar, which was also built by Irwin and Lieber.

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