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Fiddle, Head

jerry sara first wife fiddle

Did everyone else know that Garcia played the violin? (I’m sure he would call it a fiddle, but unless you’re playing the thing while it’s cradled in your arm instead of on your shoulder, it’s a violin.)

On the acoustic guitar is Sara Ruppenthal, who was Garcia’s first wife. Garcia was married four times; this is because his early death prevented him from getting married any more. Were he still alive, he would be on wife eight or nine by now.


  1. My brother in laws next door neighbor is Sarah Ruppenthal. Yes, that Sarah Ruppenthal.

  2. Mean, Green, Devil Eating Machine

    May 2, 2016 at 10:53 am

    In bluegrass and folk, it is a fiddle, regardless of how you hold it.

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