History of seven-string solidbodies

Discussion in 'Sevenstring Guitars' started by voxhumana, Feb 17, 2011.

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  1. Nazca

    Nazca SS.org Regular

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    He spelt "Allan" wrong...
     
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    Take it up with Holdsworth's parents.
     
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    Explorer He seldomly knows...

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    This just gets better and better...
     
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    "Both Gibson and Fender Musical Instruments , being the true giants and real innovators in guitar making history were very familiar with any previous 7 string instruments, and felt that this new 7 String Electric Guitar By Gregory was so radically different that it should also have its own name. Credit must be given to Dan Smith (at the time Vice President/ Marketing at Fender) for his vision as they all toyed with the idea of calling it the new 7 String GUITOLIN."

    This man's ego is larger than one of Peter North's loads. Yes, that was a vulgar statement. lol.
     
  5. voxhumana

    voxhumana Invented the guitar.

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    OK, back on topic :)

    The alembic plot thickens. Carol Kaye responded and tells me she had nothing to do with this guitar.

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    From: "Carol Kaye" <her email>
    Sent: Tuesday, 22 February 2011 5:57 PM
    To: <my email>

    Subject: Re: Alembic seven-string guitar

    No it wasn't me. I had a multiple string bass made think it was 9
    strings and was eventually scrapped, it wasn't 7 strings tho' and bass
    is not a guitar.

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    So I'm going back to Alembic...
     
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    The gentleman who posted the picture in the Alembic forum I referenced claims the guitar was made for him and that he wanted an eight string but Ron Wickersham felt they couldn't do it. Perhaps, contacting him would be an idea.
     
  7. voxhumana

    voxhumana Invented the guitar.

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    I'm working on this. The email address listed on his forum profile is no longer active, and a google search for the individual "John Robinson" has come up empty. We're both in Sydney so I even tried the white pages, but there are several hundred "J Robinson"s listed.

    When I get the time I'll print out a picture and stick it up in a few of Sydney's speciality guitar shops (Guitar Lounge, Jackson's Rare Guitars, Guitar Factory, etc). I'm also going to try the local music forums, and go back to the Alembic forum.

    I'll admit being slightly annoyed at the fact that so far I've been able to source information from all over the world, but I appear to have hit a brick wall trying to find a guitar which is apparently in my own damn town.
     
  8. NastyButler

    NastyButler Massive buzzkill

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    Warms my heart to see that egotistical dickbag Gregory finally brought to justice.
     
  9. Xaios

    Xaios Foolish Mortal Contributor

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    Not certain how I missed this thread! You're doing the community a great service, friend. :wavey:

    I always knew Alex Gregory was a bit of a fibber when it comes to his relationship with seven string guitars, but I didn't realize how incredibly full of shit he really was.

    Thus, I believe the portmanteau "Daechebro" should be his new unofficial title. ;)
     
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    Fuck Alex Gregory. He's a major douchebag with his head up his ass, and a sloppy wanker. I hope he reads this thread while googling himself and realizes what a piece of shit he is.

    /rant
     
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    After reading this thread I am extremely happy fellow Mainer, Lenny Breau and Kirk Sand got the credit they deserves. Lenny was incredible and was also from my hometown where he is a legend. :yesway:
     
  12. voxhumana

    voxhumana Invented the guitar.

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    More Alembic news:

    I have to say, Alembic's level of cooperation and their response times are astonishing. I've never owned an Alembic, but you've got to love dealing with such a responsive company.

    OK, I just got a second email, this time from Mica Thomas, who is the offspring (daughter?) of founder Ron Wickersham.

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    From: "Mica Thomas" <email removed>
    Sent: Wednesday, 23 February 2011 10:18 AM
    To: <my email>

    Subject: fw: Re: Alembic seven-string guitar (fwd)

    Hi Manning,

    Carol is of course right about her instrument being a 9 string bass; it's
    sort of a weird combo bass/guitar thing.

    The 7-string guitar was custom ordered, it was not our concept, it was a
    custom order that we were glad to take the challenge of. However, for us
    it's simply the work we do, so keeping track of firsts and getting press
    for such things isn't really a priority.

    I don't know the original owner's name, but I have a vague recollection he
    may be Australian. The initials JEN are inlaid on the front. I will keep
    you in mind when I run across details about this guitar and notify you of
    my findings. Keep in mind the records are all manual, and details may not
    show up for quite a while.

    So for now you have a photo of the guitar, initials of the person that
    ordered it and a rough idea of the time, circa 1977.

    Please feel free to write again if you have any other questions.

    Best regards,
    Mica


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    Mica Wickersham Thomas
    ALEMBIC, Inc.
    3005 Wiljan Court
    Santa Rosa, CA 95407
    707-523-2611 phone
    707-523-2935 fax

    =================

    So this confirms what we already know (except about the initials "JEN" which the forum post suggests refers to a girlfriend), and sadly doesn't actually add very much. Still, I'm grateful for their assistance.
     
  13. DesertBurst

    DesertBurst need moar dorrar

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    DISCOGRAPHY

    this is so weird..
    take a look at those discographies


    Maestro Alex Gregory - Production, Guitars, Celloblaster, Electric Mandolin
    Steve Weingart - Keyboards
    Dave LaRue - Bass Guitar
    Virgil Donati - Drums
    Albert Lee - Country Guitar
    Albert Wing - Sax, Flute, Clarinet



    What the fuck??
    Albert Lee? Virgil Donati?

    Albert Lee - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Maestro Alex Gregory's Penta Orchestra - "Another Millennium?"
    Maestro Alex Gregory - Bach On Steroids!

    User:Lost Josephine Minor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia = Mr. 'Maestro' Alex Gregory

    :ban: him right now
     
  14. voxhumana

    voxhumana Invented the guitar.

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    Lenny is indeed a jazz guitar god, and it was a tragedy that he died so young.
     
  15. voxhumana

    voxhumana Invented the guitar.

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    Although we at Wikipedia have our suspicions, we have NOT proved this.

    However the fact that this user was able to produce a scan of a letter from the British passport office to Alex Gregory does suggest a very close association.
     
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    Double A Subhuman

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    Here is another 7 that Lenny had made.

     
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    Someone should send this thread to the Maestro and see what he says about it! :lol:
     
  18. technomancer

    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Love this thread :yesway:

    As for potential negative rep, if there was one it fell off the bottom of the listing so we can't see who it was (the system only shows the last x reps received)
     
  19. Durero

    Durero prototyping... Contributor

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    I disagree. I think that for someone with such a desperate need for attention that he needs to make up self-aggrandizing stories the best reaction is to ignore him completely. :2c:
     
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    Wow. This is interesting! The 'maestro's pants are on fire. That is some interesting info you pulled up DesertBurst! \m/
     
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