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jseitang
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Post Number: 246
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 11:02 am:   Edit Post

does anyone have any pictures of this? its on the cover of the 1973 the bryds album and i do remember reading that it was alemicized, curious if anyone has any info or pictures..thx
lbpesq
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Post Number: 3385
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

It is a beautiful instrument, made of Brazilian Rosewood. Not only did I see it earlier this year at a CSN show, but I actually had the opportunity to play it at the mothership a few years ago when it was in for a tune up. Very Alembicized. I believe this is one of the very first, if not the first instrument they ever modded.

Bill, tgo
jseitang
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Post Number: 247
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Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 - 2:59 pm:   Edit Post

pictures? stories?
grateful
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Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 2:54 am:   Edit Post

Crosby's Guild

This was in The Guardian (British newspaper) a few weeks back: only the headstock is visible. I believe it was the very first.

Mark
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:18 pm:   Edit Post

Is this it? (Note; this is a copyrighted photo that the owner doesn't want copied.)
artswork99
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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:23 pm:   Edit Post

Nice find Dave!
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, November 19, 2008 - 12:26 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks! It took a little while to find.
zezozeceglutz
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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 8:09 am:   Edit Post

This is as good a time as any to stop lurking and contribute, right? Hi guys, I'm Ken.


Here are a couple of pictures I've come across in the past that show Crosby's 12 string pretty clearly. Both look to be from around '74 or so.


In color

...and black and white

I wonder what the electronics package is inside there and whether it changed(functionally) through the years. I know that it wears a different set of pickups these days.

(Message edited by zezozeceglutz on November 20, 2008)

(Message edited by zezozeceglutz on November 20, 2008)
davehouck
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Post Number: 7183
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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 9:42 am:   Edit Post

Hi Ken; welcome to the board!

Yes, those are very good pictures of the guitar; the color especially!
jseitang
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Post Number: 248
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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 11:39 am:   Edit Post

dude that tailpiece reminds me of phil lesh's tailpiece from his starfire bass.... amazing. anyone know the electronics history of david's guitar? im surprised someone hasnt done a article on that guitar... truly a one of a kind!
mica
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Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 12:44 pm:   Edit Post

When David's guitar was here last, I took a few pictures. Here's the whole guitar:
crosby's 12-string

And here's some of the electronics as my dad disassembled them:
electronics

I should do a Featured Custom on this instrument in the future and dig up all the details.
new2alembic
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Post Number: 106
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 2:09 pm:   Edit Post

That guitar is indeed one of a kind; it is a beautiful instrument. That is an interesting board. Mica is that a Centronics 36 connector in the pic that you posted? Is it supported using a bi-directional printer cable?

Thanks

Carl
cozmik_cowboy
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Registered: 10-2006
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 3:00 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, Mica, Please!!! the only thing that could be better than a FC on this guitar would be if you could talk David into giving to me!

Peter
paulman
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Post Number: 338
Registered: 2-2005
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 7:32 am:   Edit Post

I'm only counting 12 pins on the one side so it's probobly a 24. However this goes to show the sheer ingenuity in engineering they had in modular component design. Just have your "standard" and wire the individual components to male and female side of the connector, then plug 'em together. Then the electronics can come apart so you're not removing the whole thing at one time for service.

This looks like a prime example of using the components that were available and showing the earliest modular designs that Ron and Co. came up with. This was in 1968 or 1969 if the history books have it right.

When I recently had my Further wiring harness in for service, it came out like that. About 10 minutes worth of work to get them back in, plug in the stuff I didn't have to take out and wala!

I love that 12 string guitar, but you can let Cozmik have it after David's done with it ha ha.
terryc
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Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 7:51 am:   Edit Post

Is that Stephen Stills in the background of the colour pic.
I missed the 60's..I was too young!(don't believe me..check my profile you disbelievers!! LOL)
The B/W pic shows the huge crowd, what a buzz that must be, the stadium looks absolutely packed out.
davehouck
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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 8:19 am:   Edit Post

Thanks Mica!!! It's a beautiful guitar! An FC is a great idea!
paulman
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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 3:47 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, then we'll know what the little extra pointer knob is for. It's just below the bridge in the pic that Mica posted, but not in the color and b/w pics. :-)

Loving this thread! Do it Mica...long overdue FC!
cozmik_cowboy
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Posted on Friday, November 21, 2008 - 7:32 pm:   Edit Post

Yes, Terry, that's Stills at the piano in the color pic. And thanks for the second, Roger.

Peter
jseitang
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Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 9:57 am:   Edit Post

PLEASE- FC...!
foth
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Post Number: 188
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 11:15 am:   Edit Post

Oh, this guitar is soooo beautiful!! Thanks for this thread, you made my day!
jseitang
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Post Number: 250
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2008 - 6:10 pm:   Edit Post

wow this thread turned out better than i thought!
edwin
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Posted on Monday, November 24, 2008 - 10:51 pm:   Edit Post

My guess is the pointer is the pickup selector knob.

Edwin
altgrendel
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Posted on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 - 5:54 am:   Edit Post

This thread should be moved to the "Artists and their Alembics" section.

Love the thread.
altgrendel
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Posted on Sunday, November 30, 2008 - 4:33 pm:   Edit Post

Just noticed that the pickups in the photos linked by zezozeceglutz are different than the ones in Mica's pictures.

Maybe the mystery switch has something to do with the new pups.
grateful
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Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 2:35 am:   Edit Post

He was playing it at Glastonbury at the weekend.

Crosbyguitar

They covered Uncle John's Band but it wasn't televised.
sonicus
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Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 8:59 am:   Edit Post

David Crosby's music surely makes it on my list of greats.
His album ' IF I COULD ONLY REMEMBER MY NAME" _____I love this one !!!
davehouck
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Posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 - 11:26 am:   Edit Post

Wow! Very cool picture!! And they covered Uncle John's Band!!
shae
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Post Number: 23
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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 5:28 am:   Edit Post

There is a nice article in the latest edition of "Guitar Aficionado" about this guitar and some of David's others. It started life out as a 1970 Gibson Crest. Luthier Mario Martello added the new neck and fingerboard and Ron and Rick did all of the other modifications. This is also the first guitar to feature LED's.
sonicus
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Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 12:51 pm:   Edit Post

That is an interesting looking centronics type connector in the picture of the electronics in Mica's post # 5702 . It looks like it might function as an internal disconnect from rest of the harness.

(Message edited by sonicus on September 13, 2010)

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