Re: Oasis electric guitar

Posted by misho on Wed, 08/31/05 - 15:52:36.

: Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

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Oasis Guitars - the years I worked with Coop

Greetings,
Back in 1976 I moved from NH via Salt Lake City to Sacramento where I was hired in March by Gary Cooper as an apprentice guitar tech, where he was doing repair and building Oasis in the basement of Lew's Music on the K Street Mall. I brought several years of cabinet-wood working skills as well as being a fanatical player. While I had some electrical, welding and woodworking skills from my high school years and employment at Paitsch Cabinet in SLC, and I tinkered at guitar repair on my own for my personal gear and friends rigs, it was Gary who taught me serious repair and manufacturing skills he aquired from his years at Alembic and his own research.

Also working in the basement shop were two great guys, Louis Armstrong and Art Gomez. Art was our Polane (the few guitars made with a hard gloss epoxy coating) finish guy, the rest that came from K Street, and Juliesse Ave location, we sat in the sun and hand oiled and rubbed for hours.

In less than a year on K Street, the owner, Lew Aytes decided to close the business, and Oasis moved to the Juilesse Ave location of Marconi and Interstate 80 of N Sacramento. Guitars were, at that time, all oil finish. At that location we built a bass for the Hall and Oats band with a birds eye body and orange vermillion fingerboard seen on the back of the live album photo.
All the instruments were equipped with Bourns pots, Bartolini pickups and Belden wire. The brass bridges and tailpieces were all cut, milled and assembled from raw brass stock right there in house. Schaller keys were the choice Gary preferred.

It was at the Julliesse Ave location we got picked up by the Rothschild Music Company for distribution. We had an order for over a dozen instruments, mostly for Hawaiian Koa. Unfortunately, no Koa could be found so Coop, against our advice, unfortunately, opted to buy a giant log of beautiful birds eye maple, and build them all from that. The orders went out and most of them came back. We lost our distribution deal right then and we were out of business, some time around late 1978

All of us were dismissed, Gary folded and reopened a repair bench at Skips Music where he continued to build a few of his magnificent guitars, I went back to college to study music at the local City College, and Berklee in Boston, and I lost track of Lew and Art.

I saw him from time to time as we shared repair questions and parts over the years, and then he stopped by to see me just after I opened my own shop in 1996, and we discussed working together again. Shortly after that I heard about him losing his life in a tragic auto accident.
Gary was a brilliant, kind, and phenomenally gifted man, and was my mentor. I use all the skills he taught me today, and share them with my apprentice techs here at Guitar Workshop: ...and miss his spirit immensely.

Thank you all for sharing these posts and keeping the Oasis flame alive.
Very sincerely
Dave Lynch, former Oasis guitar tech.
Owner
www.GuitarWorkshopOnline.com

Re: Oasis electric guitar

: : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Hi, Oasis Guitars was located in Sacramento,CA. Gary Cooper was the luthier, formerly from Alembic and the Grateful Dead. I happen to own the prototype model for your guitar. Mine was all hand built by Gary and his partner-in-crime,Louis Armstrong(not that one). My instrument is made of of Koa-2 piece bookend matched flame koa...hand beveled top with white-black-white binding on the body and neck. The serial number is 018. It was shown in the 1976 Winter NAMM Show in L.A. I received it in late October of 1975. I have since replaced the Hi-A pickups with Seymour Duncans(What other pickups would possbly be worthy?)It's great to find other owners of these guitars...I've got pics if you'd be interested. My Oasis logged some serious study time in L.A. in the late '70's and '80's. I love this thing...I'm sure you feel the same about yours. You can reach me at: jelly_mojoboy@hotmail.com

Oasis Guitars by Gary Cooper

HI!

If you have questions about Gary, and his Oasis guitars I would like to try and tell you about him and his love for his instruments. You may ask, "Well, how do you know?" Gary was my brother, and I helped dabble in hi work a bit too. If any of you out there has an Oasis that's sitting around the house gathering dust, I would be very interested in buying it from you. It's a peice of the family I don't wish to get away, so to speak.

Thanks!

Sir Mark

Oasis

HI i qot an Oasis Guit that i bought use in the 1980 .
It thake me years to found something on this guit .
I dont know if you are stil at this addresse

PS escuse my mistaques i am french speaking .
I lives in Québec Canada .

Oasis Bass - 1977

I sent an email earlier about an Oasis Bass. I'm not sure if it got thru or not so
here's what I have ..... I would say it is mint. The guy who owned it never played out with it. He just collected fine gear.

Oasis Bass -
1 PIECE FIGURED MAPLE BODY W/ CARVED TOP
3 PIECE LAMINATE MAPLE NECK
MULTI – BOUND ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD W/ PEARL DOT INLAYS
BRASS NUT AND BOUND BLACK HEADSTOCK FACEPLATE W/ PALM TREE AND “OASIS” INLAY
GOLD AND BRASS HARDWARE W/ FINE TUNING BRIDGE
2 PICK UPS W/ 2 VOLUME , 2 TONE CONTROLS AND SELECTOR SWITCH W/ MINI SWITCH
POTENTIOMETERS DATED 1977

Oasis Guitar

Hey Mark,
I have one of your brothers Oasis' guitars that was sold through Discount Music Center in Orlando, Florida when I was working there in 1977. Are you the brother who was repping for Alembic and came to Discount with this guitar of Gary's. If I recall the Alembic rep was the one who brought this in (semi-secretly) and I thought he said his brother made it. Anyway, I have ahd it all this time and it is definitely the greatest guitar I've ever had in 46 years of playing. I spoke with Gary back in 1998 or 99 when he was working at the music store in Sacramento. SO sorry to hear that he passed away. I'd love to hear more about him or anything you are doing to honor his memory as a great guitar luthier.
Craig Marlatt
craigmar@earthlink.net

Oasis guitars

Hi. My name is Zan McLeod. I was trolling for any info on my Oasis guitar,for insurance appraisal value,and saw this blog. So sad to hear Gary died. I too called him in the late 90's and spoke briefly to him at the store in Sacremento. Just told him "thanks" and he was ahead of his time in guitar building. The wood is fantastic. Mine is a solid piece of flame Koa,with "bubble maple" 24 fret neck ,wit Zebra wood center..It has those Bartolini pickups,which sound quite good,but different. Mine too was made 1n 1977,and I also got mine from an Alembic/Rothchild rep,whom is also friend of mine. He had a Bass to match. .It is still a great instrument.I think I paid $2,000 for it back then,at a discount..so I wonder what the value might be now?

Re: Oasis electric guitar

: : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

: Hi, Oasis Guitars was located in Sacramento,CA. Gary Cooper was the luthier, formerly from Alembic and the Grateful Dead. I happen to own the prototype model for your guitar. Mine was all hand built by Gary and his partner-in-crime,Louis Armstrong(not that one). My instrument is made of of Koa-2 piece bookend matched flame koa...hand beveled top with white-black-white binding on the body and neck. The serial number is 018. It was shown in the 1976 Winter NAMM Show in L.A. I received it in late October of 1975. I have since replaced the Hi-A pickups with Seymour Duncans(What other pickups would possbly be worthy?)It's great to find other owners of these guitars...I've got pics if you'd be interested. My Oasis logged some serious study time in L.A. in the late '70's and '80's. I love this thing...I'm sure you feel the same about yours. You can reach me at: jelly_mojoboy@hotmail.com

Hi All:
I also am an Oasis owner. Met Gary Cooper around 1980 or so in Sacramento where my band was playing. What a great guy. Made me a guitar from scratch, inlaid my initials in it, had me over to his house to see the progress while he made it; an incredible experience meeting this guy. God rest his soul. I can't seem to find any other guitar as perfect for me as this one; Gary let me design the electronics, and of course he did everything else. Amazing piece of mahogany body, one-piece ebony fretboard, strip of micarta (not sure of spelling- it's a linen composite material) thru the neck (to eliminate dead spots), etc. Would LOVE to hear from other Oasis owners... email is: scottyrocker@cox.net

Working Guitarist meets Master Gary Cooper, a true artist

I met Gary Cooper in 1997. I was doing commercial studio work in San Francisco and came to Sacramento to see Chick Correa who was appearing in town. I decided to get strings before heading back and a music store on Auburn Blvd was recommended to me. When I walked in, Gary was working in the back on an archtop and I don't know why but I just walked over to say "Hi". At the time, my main bread maker was a D'Angelico and I literally used to drive it to an LA luthier anytime it needed work. Within minutes of talking to Gary Cooper you knew that this man was an expert and an artist when it came to the science of guitars. He was fitting a new bridge and he showed me how he would carefully tape down a series of abrasive sheets over a section of the top to sand the base of the bridge to a proper fit. I mentioned my guitar to him and he asked if he could see it sometime. I said you can see it right now I have it in the car. I brought the instrument in and Gary immediately looked it over and loved holding a piece of luthier history. He then looked down at the nut and said, "Did you notice this?" He took a magnifying glass out of a drawer and pointed out a hair fracture in the bone nut. He said, "I can repair this for you." He pulled open a drawer and showed me mammoth ivory that he used to shape custom nuts. Gary assured me that he was going to stain the nut just enough to match the rest of the neck binding and that everything would look original. I don't know why, but within minutes I was signing the repair authorization slip and I entrusted my instrument to him. Needless to say, when I returned to pick up the instrument, I would never have noticed that the nut was changed. The work was flawless, there were new strings and the instrument was set up better than when I brought it in. From that day on, Gary was the only one to work on my instrument. It was a sad day when we lost Gary. He was a gifted artist.
Post Script: I did not know Gary had passed until I brought my instrument in to have a fret checked out. Another employee at the service desk had a copy of an obituary that ran with a picture of Gary. In the picture he is seen working on the D'Angelico. I still have the copy of it that the employee made for me in the guitar case.

I have a 1978 oasis guitar for sale (Montreal)

The guitar was bought in 1978. It's probably a little older. I would consider very serious offers.

Carlos

Oasis Guitar

Hey Scotty,
I too have an Oasis that I've had since the late 70's. Truly a wonderful instrument. I can't think of a guitar that matches it that I have had in my 46 years of playing. Sounds like you have a great one too.
God bless Gary for his dedication to quality and originality. It was a great loss to the music community that he did not live to make many more instruments.
Craig Marlatt

Re: Oasis electric guitar

: : : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

: : Hi, Oasis Guitars was located in Sacramento,CA. Gary Cooper was the luthier, formerly from Alembic and the Grateful Dead. I happen to own the prototype model for your guitar. Mine was all hand built by Gary and his partner-in-crime,Louis Armstrong(not that one). My instrument is made of of Koa-2 piece bookend matched flame koa...hand beveled top with white-black-white binding on the body and neck. The serial number is 018. It was shown in the 1976 Winter NAMM Show in L.A. I received it in late October of 1975. I have since replaced the Hi-A pickups with Seymour Duncans(What other pickups would possbly be worthy?)It's great to find other owners of these guitars...I've got pics if you'd be interested. My Oasis logged some serious study time in L.A. in the late '70's and '80's. I love this thing...I'm sure you feel the same about yours. You can reach me at: jelly_mojoboy@hotmail.com

:
: Hi All:
: I also am an Oasis owner. Met Gary Cooper around 1980 or so in Sacramento where my band was playing. What a great guy. Made me a guitar from scratch, inlaid my initials in it, had me over to his house to see the progress while he made it; an incredible experience meeting this guy. God rest his soul. I can't seem to find any other guitar as perfect for me as this one; Gary let me design the electronics, and of course he did everything else. Amazing piece of mahogany body, one-piece ebony fretboard, strip of micarta (not sure of spelling- it's a linen composite material) thru the neck (to eliminate dead spots), etc. Would LOVE to hear from other Oasis owners... email is: scottyrocker@cox.net

Re: Oasis electric guitar

: : : : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

: : : Hi, Oasis Guitars was located in Sacramento,CA. Gary Cooper was the luthier, formerly from Alembic and the Grateful Dead. I happen to own the prototype model for your guitar. Mine was all hand built by Gary and his partner-in-crime,Louis Armstrong(not that one). My instrument is made of of Koa-2 piece bookend matched flame koa...hand beveled top with white-black-white binding on the body and neck. The serial number is 018. It was shown in the 1976 Winter NAMM Show in L.A. I received it in late October of 1975. I have since replaced the Hi-A pickups with Seymour Duncans(What other pickups would possbly be worthy?)It's great to find other owners of these guitars...I've got pics if you'd be interested. My Oasis logged some serious study time in L.A. in the late '70's and '80's. I love this thing...I'm sure you feel the same about yours. You can reach me at: jelly_mojoboy@hotmail.com

: :
: : Hi All:
: : I also am an Oasis owner. Met Gary Cooper around 1980 or so in Sacramento where my band was playing. What a great guy. Made me a guitar from scratch, inlaid my initials in it, had me over to his house to see the progress while he made it; an incredible experience meeting this guy. God rest his soul. I can't seem to find any other guitar as perfect for me as this one; Gary let me design the electronics, and of course he did everything else. Amazing piece of mahogany body, one-piece ebony fretboard, strip of micarta (not sure of spelling- it's a linen composite material) thru the neck (to eliminate dead spots), etc. Would LOVE to hear from other Oasis owners... email is: scottyrocker@cox.net

Hello All.
I also had the fortune of meeting Gary Cooper in 1980.
He was kind enough to build me a Oasis Electric Bass.
Koa Body, Bartolini pick-ups, hand carved top w/ black and white binding. He made a perfect instrument for me! To this day it still my favorite. My instrument is the matching sister bass to Scott Shuett's guitar. An amazing instrument! Gary was an artist! God rest his soul. Anyone who spent any time with Mr. Cooper will agree. A great guy and became a good friend. ....Would love to hear from other Oasis owners as well. My email: ric@denricentertainment.com

Oasis Guitars

Hello, I'm Lew Aytes formerly of Lew's Music Store in Sacramento, CA, and the original owner of Oasis Guitars.
Gary came into my store one day carrying an electric mandolin and telling me stories about his tenure at Alembic. Gary's family lived in Sac, but he had been living in the Bay area working for Alembic. He wanted to come back to Sac and needed a job. Rather than just hiring him as a guitar tech, we discussed starting a business where I was the owner and he provided the technical skills. We began by turning our store basement into a guitar shop and teaching studios. One of our tenants at the time was an up and coming classical guitar maker, Dake Traphagen. Dake just rented space from me, but Gary ran the Oasis part. After making a few custom instruments under the name Oasis, and that stuck from then on. We hired an artists from Sac to create the logo, which we used on catalogs and the instruments. We created a small inventory and signed a contract with L.D.Heater Music Company out of Portland, OR. Heater was a west coast wholesaler owned by Norlin Musical Instruments, Lincolnwood, Ill. Norlin was a multi-line company that first owned Pearl Beer from South America. Norlin owned Gibson and Epiphone, and distributed Moog, Lewis violins, Slingerland Drums, a line of band instruments and keyboards. I signed a distribution contract with Heater, and we sold a few dozen instruments through them to music stores in the Pacific Northwest, as well as Arizona and New Mexico. We never really got geared up to have much impact of the guitar world, because of financial challenges and problems with the first production models (mainly issued with the finishes). We used active electronics and purchase parts from Alembic. We had a good working relationship with them, and even discussed making a kit guitar as a co-op project.
We made a semi-hollow body bass for me that we later sold to B.B. Dickerson of War. We made several custom guitars, and a few mandolins (some were sold to Seals and Crofts). Gary was particularly interested in the mandolins since he played some himself (along with being a moderately accomplished guitarist, and his mandolin was written up in a couple of magazines.
The music store suffered because we put so much money into materials and tools for Oasis, and eventually I just couldn't keep up the investment. I sold the equipment and materials to Gary's father, and liquidated the retail inventory through another store. Once the merchandise was sold off, I went to work for Norlin as Sales Rep in No. CA, No. Nevada, AR and Hawaii. During this time Norlin began developing their Japanese drum line, and re-named it Pearl, after their beer.
While we still owned Oasis, I worked to design a few of the parts for our instruments. My favorite item was the bass fine tuner. The first try at these was pretty basic - I took viola fine tuners and had Gary retrofit them onto a solid brass stop tailpiece. We gained fine tuning from the bottom end of the bass with the sustain from the brass. When Gibson saw these (remember they owned Heater who distributing Oasis, they had their engineers make a better looking version that's now known as the Gibson TP-6 tailpiece. Because of the cost to make these, they were only used on ES series and high-end Les Paul models. The first guitar that got the tailpiece was B.B. King's Lucille. I had the privilege of meeting with B.B. soon after he got the new instrument. He seemed to really like the tailpiece and continued to use it from then on.
If anyone knows where that first ES type bass is, I'd really like to see it again. By the way, it was featured in the Playboy Magazine "Best of" (or Best Products of the Year, I can't remember) in about 1975 or 1976.
If you have any questions about the early Oasis, I'm happy to answer them.

Re: Oasis electric guitar - I own one.

I have an Oasis Electric.
Beautiful guitar. Please contact me for information? (ourfawnskin@aol.com) it would be appreciated. I would love to know more about these guitars made by Gary Cooper. We think ours was for someone in the Greatful Dead.

Re: Oasis electric guitar - I own one.

: I also have an Oasis Electric. It has a solid mahogany body with black volume,tone knobs,pickup covers & pickup switch. One switch(phase?)is silver and is smaller than the pu switch. The neck is also mahogany with a center strip of ebony running the entire length in back, with two truss rods. The fretboard is rosewood and has 24 frets. Schaller tuning pegs and a inlaid oasis logo of mother of pearl and (brass?)nut,tailpiece & bridge...Stunningly beautiful guitar!!!And sounds just as beautiful as it looks! Back in the days of my youth when jammin with friends, i had to turn it down when jacked into an amp with someone else,or it would drown them out! Very powerful. My dear departed mother bought it for me in 1980-81 as a combination "Birthday & Graduation" gift at Arnold & Morgan music store Garland TX. Thank all of you for any info you have and will provide concerning Oasis guitars. I have been looking for info for years and haven't found anything till now. P.s. don't contact me tryin to buy it, it isn't for sale...period!
I am interested in being contacted with more info and conversing about these great instruments. Thanks again to all of you "OASIS" fans!! My contact info is colwellj@hotmail.com

Re: Oasis electric guitar - I own one.

I too own an Oasis Guitar and am the original owner. It was at a music store in Orlando, Florida where I worked in 1976 and I used to play it there all the time and finally bought it. I have never had a better guitar and can't think of ever playing one that I liked better in my life. I was so sorry to hear that the luthier Gary Cooper died in car accident a couple years ago. I am just now running into other Oasis owners and what a great tribute to this great young guitar maker.
Craig Marlatt - Florida
craigmar@earthlink.net

I Own One Too

I love this forum! I, too, own one of Gary's beautiful creations - bought it new in Denver at Colfax Music in the early 80's. I have been confounded by the lack of web info on my guitar, until I found this thread! kudos!! Mine is #4765 - a wonderful hunk of maple body, Bartolini's, ebony fingerboard, a gold, heavy brass bridge and tailpiece, and gold tuners. I have always loved this guitar and am pleased to know there are a few of us out there that feel the same way. For the past few years, mine has been stored away because of the music I have been playing - I use a '76 hardtail Strat in the band - but when I brought out my Oasis again, I wondered why ? So it's back on the gig and sound as good as ever!

I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing - gone too soon.... but I have a piece of his history that is sure to stand the test of time!

Oasis solid body

I have an Oasis from 1977, #4764. Flamed one-piece Koa body,"bubble maple" neck with Zebra wood stripe down middle. Ebony fingerboard with 24 fret reach.. Bartolini pickups. I got it from a "Rothchild" sales rep friend.He also had the matching Bass. It is a great axe. The ONLY problem is the type of thick,"poly" lacquer that was used has "cracked in spots,and has "yellowed" somewhat. If it were re-fininished,it would be stunning.

Oasis Artist

Hi,
I have an Oasis artist, serial number 2751. Not sure if that means it was the 2751st guitar made or what. It is also bookend flamed maple. It is the symmetrical double cutaway that was the most common guitar, if I can call it common. It came with Bartolini pickups, but I switched the bridge pickup for a Lindy Fralin. I bought it from Cotton Music of Nashville, Tennessee around the early 90s. It had been hanging in the shop sinec the 70s, I believe. I would go in there and lust over this guitar as a teenager. Years later I bought it and had it shipped to Cincinnati. All I can say is it is one sweet guitar. Rare
Thanks,
Nate

oasis

I worked with Gary at oasis guitars in Sac. He started out in the basement of a music store in the K street mall. The name of the store has long since left my memory. He then move the shop to Julessee ave( I'm sure i have miss spelled this) in an industrial area in Sac. His father was his financial backer at the time. At one time he employed three workers, I would not really call us luthiers but we were all musicians and he loved being around musicians and rock and roll. We loved being around him. There was Louie, me and I guy I can only recall his last name, Lynch. I grew up with louie in Susanville, Ca. We graduated high school in 1968. Lou went to Davis for schoolin'' I went to Viet Nam for schoolin'. Thats how I met Gary, through Lou. Lou and I played music together in Susanville . When I got discharged we played in Davis and Sac. The shop at Julesse closed before 1980 I recall. I went back to Susanville and Gary continued on at Skip's Music. I only saw him one more time after that. I heard he was at skips and I dropped in on him. I had great respect for Gary and was sadden and grieved by his passing. I too have an Oasis and break it out now and again and remember the old days. I am still jamin' at 64 and will till I cant jam no more. In my opinion the Rothchilds got the better of him. They got them Guitars to dam cheap. They only way he could get more dough for them was to add improvements and at the time they already top of the line. Could say more but its late. Feel free to e-mail me if you got the notion. Art

Re: Oasis electric guitar - I own one.

: I too own an Oasis Guitar and am the original owner. It was at a music store in Orlando, Florida where I worked in 1976 and I used to play it there all the time and finally bought it. I have never had a better guitar and can't think of ever playing one that I liked better in my life. I was so sorry to hear that the luthier Gary Cooper died in car accident a couple years ago. I am just now running into other Oasis owners and what a great tribute to this great young guitar maker.
: Craig Marlatt - Florida
: craigmar@earthlink.net

I've got the grandaddy of all Oasis guitars. I'm originally from Sacramento, CA. Gary Copper(and his co-luthier Louis Armstrong...not the coronet player)built the prototype double cutaway Oasis for me in 1975. I actually helped designed the body style and got to hand pick all the woods for the instrument. The serial # is 018 and this guitar was shown at the 1976 Winter NAMM Show in L. A. My guitar is two piece bookend matched flame koa body, hand beveled top, white-black-white binding on body and neck. The neck is maple-rosewood-holly, and vermillion, with a vermillion fingerboard. If you'd like to see pictures, I will send. I'm really excited to see that there are other Oasis guitar owners out there. In the late '70's through the '80's I used this guitar on numerous recording sessions in Los Angeles.(Of course, I replaced the Bartollini Hi-A Beast pickups with Seymour Duncans.

Re: Oasis electric guitar

Hey, Misho. I'm the guy who owns one of these guitars. if you want to chat about our guitars, send me an email naycrash@hotmail.com. Thanks, Nathan

: : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Oasis electric guitar

: : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Oasis electric guitar

: : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

I can't give you any information; but were you by any chance in the 1607 PMS Dover Air Force Base, Dover, Delaware in 1959-60?

Re: Oasis electric guitar

Oasis Guitars were the creation of Gary Cooper. I had the pleasure of studying under Gary during the 80's. Oasis guitars were built mid seventies to early 80's- Gary was working as a luthier in Sacramento- I hope this helps
: : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Oasis electric guitar-I OWN ONE!!!

Sounds like you have my exact guitar. It is flame maple, or is it Korina. It is split, and yes, the entire thing is flamed, not a top only like a les paul. I bought mine from Cotton music in Nashville around 91. It had been in the shop since the 70's and had never sold. I used to look at it when I was a teenager and finally bought the thing when I was living in Ohio. Had it shipped. Mr. Cotton and his mother who also worked there have passed away BTW. I would put this guitar up against practically anything. It is rare as purple pigs but sounds a lot better. There are a couple of reviews of this guitar on harmonycentral.com, including mine. Hope this helps.

: Oasis Guitars were the creation of Gary Cooper. I had the pleasure of studying under Gary during the 80's. Oasis guitars were built mid seventies to early 80's- Gary was working as a luthier in Sacramento- I hope this helps
: : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Oasis electric guitar-I OWN ONE!!!

: Sounds like you have my exact guitar. It is flame maple, or is it Korina. It is split, and yes, the entire thing is flamed, not a top only like a les paul. I bought mine from Cotton music in Nashville around 91. It had been in the shop since the 70's and had never sold. I used to look at it when I was a teenager and finally bought the thing when I was living in Ohio. Had it shipped. Mr. Cotton and his mother who also worked there have passed away BTW. I would put this guitar up against practically anything. It is rare as purple pigs but sounds a lot better. There are a couple of reviews of this guitar on harmonycentral.com, including mine. Hope this helps.

: : Oasis Guitars were the creation of Gary Cooper. I had the pleasure of studying under Gary during the 80's. Oasis guitars were built mid seventies to early 80's- Gary was working as a luthier in Sacramento- I hope this helps
: : : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Re: Oasis electric guitar-I OWN ONE!!!

JERRY, I STILL HAVE MINE, GET IN TOUCH.

B. BODDY

Re: Oasis electric guitar-I OWN ONE!!!

: JERRY, I STILL HAVE MINE, GET IN TOUCH. WMBODDYART@CNETS.NET

: B. BODDY

Info on Gary Cooper

If you would like to know more about Gary and Oasis Guitars you may want to contact Skip's Music in Sacramento, California where Gary worked his last years. He was a great guy and he built great guitars. I would love to own one myself.
: : Oasis Guitars were the creation of Gary Cooper. I had the pleasure of studying under Gary during the 80's. Oasis guitars were built mid seventies to early 80's- Gary was working as a luthier in Sacramento- I hope this helps
: : : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

gary cooper/oasis guiars

does anyone have Gary Cooper's : birthdate, date of death, how many oasis guitars were made, what years did Louis Armstrong work with
Gary etc.,etc.,
please thank you,
rdk

Re: Info on Gary Cooper

I worked with Gary for a couple years in the late 90's at Skips's Music, it was probably the most important era of learning of my life as far as guitar related anything goes. I got to know Gary and now miss him dearly. Everything I know about messing with a guitar I learned from Gary. Up until a few months ago my couch and chair in my living room. In fact, there is a running gag in my circle about how almost everything is connected to me though that damn couch because of good ol' 'Coop! Its like that Kevin Bacon game (7 degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon) but its Gary instead! Gary taught me a lot, showed me old school Oasis guitars an they came in for repair or adjustment and told me sweet stories about the 'Dead when he was a tech for them back in the day. He taught me about everything from multiple microphones used as a comb filter to how to properly string your guitar. I still string my guitars exactly as 'Coop taught me, no kidding - it makes a huge difference in tuning stability. Gary was a severe alcoholic and he was at odds with his wife - caused a lot of issues at home from what he told me. I badgered him constantly for information and I appreciate every single thing he took the time to explain to me - it really is the 'gospel according to 'Coop'. Only a couple years ago I found out he was killed in a car accident when he ran a red light on his way to his mistress' house. i would be happy to share anything I learned fomr Gary with anyone, please feel free to ask, knowing gary was a big deal to me I am happy to share. Also, it would be more than an honor and privledge to own anything Oasis from this man.

: If you would like to know more about Gary and Oasis Guitars you may want to contact Skip's Music in Sacramento, California where Gary worked his last years. He was a great guy and he built great guitars. I would love to own one myself.
: : : Oasis Guitars were the creation of Gary Cooper. I had the pleasure of studying under Gary during the 80's. Oasis guitars were built mid seventies to early 80's- Gary was working as a luthier in Sacramento- I hope this helps
: : : : : Has anyone heard of Oasis guitars? I have an electric, double cutaway, matched flame maple body (not just the top, but the whole body!), gold hardware, with early Bartolini Beasty? humbuckers and an ebony fretboard on a maple neck. I bought it new in Denver around 1979 - 1980. The body style resembles an Alembic. I have searched the web high and low without any results. The Oasis factory was in California, I belive. Any information would be appreciated.

Jerry Garcia's Alembic

Hi Mark,
I'm writing The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues. I'm trying to get the musical instrument area cleared up.
You wrote:
"The Alembic that Jerry Garcia is usually pictured with is the one that Gary made for him, and at that time it cost Jerry $5,000 for it. Gary also built the guitar case which weighed in at 75lbs, and took two roadies to carry it on and off stage."

Which guitar was it?

Alembic #3- (now back at Alembic)

Alembic #6- (until he damaged it and traded it in for a new one)

Alembic #25 Eagle- (Gifted to Ramrod in 1973, $186,000. auctioned in 5/8/07).

Please email me at slipnut01@gmail.com

Thank you
Harry Angus

Wrong Info On My Brother Gary's Death

I just wanted to set the record straight about my brother Gary's death. He had gone home from Skip's after work, finding nothing in the frig that he wanted to cook (He was also an outstanding cook.) he went to the local supermarket to get some stuff, and was killed by a lady who ran the red light because she was talking on her cell phone and not paying any attention to her driving and t-boned my brother's car on his side killing him instantly. Gai (Gary's wife) came home to the dogs and cat in the house (Gary let them in.) and to a telephone call from the police to come down to the hospital to identify Gary's body. Lovely way to come home isn't it.

The Alembic that Jerry Garcia is usually pictured with is the one that Gary made for him, and at that time it cost Jerry $5,000 for it. Gary also built the guitar case which weighed in at 75lbs, and took two roadies to carry it on and off stage. Gary told me that that guitar had so much electronics stuffed in it that it would have put on a hell of a electric show if ever plugged into S.F.'s electrics.

Your brother Gary

Hi,
I'm writing The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues. It contains a section on Jerry Garcia's 92 musical instruments. I'm interested in knowing what guitar Gary made for Jerry.

Lucky #13
Alembic #6
Alembic #3

or maybe another?

Any information you can provide would be helpful.

Thank you
Harry

Hi Mark, I'm writing The

Hi Mark,
I'm writing The Encyclopedia Of Jerry Garcia Music Venues. I'm interested to know which Alembic guitar cost Garcia $5000 with a 75 lb. case?

Jerry owned a few:
Alembic #3- (now back at Alembic)
Alembic #6- (until he damaged it and traded it in for a new one)
Alembic #25 Eagle- (Gifted to Ramrod in 1973, $186,000. auctioned in 5/8/07).

Just trying to get it right.
Please email me at slipnut01@gmail.com.

Thank you
Harry Angus

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