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.