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Mica Wickersham (mica)
Moderator
Username: mica

Post Number: 282
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Tuesday, September 24, 2002 - 5:23 pm:   Edit Post

blue steel tribute
This one was the prototype for shape #6, the version we've finally settled on. We didn't test it with an expensive piece of Coco Bolo. Instead, we made the shape out of a solid piece of Mahogany. We loved it so much we had to finish it and what a finish! Blue steel color shifts from blue to purple, and the contoured top really shows it off.
Chris G. (76ac070)
Junior
Username: 76ac070

Post Number: 47
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2002 - 2:45 pm:   Edit Post

Wow, Mica -that's one "sexy" looking shape!! No wonder your Mom is so proud of this style of guitar. I wonder what an enlarged version would be like for a bass? Pretty comfortable, I'd wager.

Chris
crobbins
New
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 1
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 6:36 pm:   Edit Post

I just purchased that Blue Steel Tribute Guitar. Today is Tuesday, June 29th, 2004. It should arrive on Friday, I cant wait........
hollis
Advanced Member
Username: hollis

Post Number: 256
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 6:58 pm:   Edit Post

Hi Craig,
Welcome to the club. Congatulatuions on your new purchase.

Don't forget to breathe!

Enjoy
smokin_dave
Intermediate Member
Username: smokin_dave

Post Number: 136
Registered: 10-2002
Posted on Tuesday, June 29, 2004 - 6:59 pm:   Edit Post

I think that would be a real cool shape for a bass.
lowlife
Member
Username: lowlife

Post Number: 79
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 3:49 am:   Edit Post

Hi Craig,

Welcome to the club & congrats on your score!
I agree about this shape for the bass. If I was buying another Alembic today, and this was on the rack, it would be comming home with me.

Ellery (Lowlife)
1stbass
Junior
Username: 1stbass

Post Number: 27
Registered: 11-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 4:08 am:   Edit Post

Hi Craig,

Sweet guitar, you know you woun't be see any others like that one. Best of luck with it.
Welcome to the club.
Doug
davehouck
Senior Member
Username: davehouck

Post Number: 690
Registered: 5-2002
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 5:10 am:   Edit Post

Congrats!
crobbins
New
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 2
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 5:49 am:   Edit Post

Thanks to everyone. I have previously owned 2 Series 1 Basses, but have been drooling over this guitar for about a year or so. I play in a reggae band here in Southern Cal. so Friday night it's going to the gig with me........
bracheen
Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 483
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Wednesday, June 30, 2004 - 8:54 am:   Edit Post

Excellent buy, congratulations. That is a beautiful guitar. Let us know how it goes at the gig.

Sam
crobbins
New
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 7
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Saturday, July 03, 2004 - 9:55 am:   Edit Post

I received the guitar yesterday. I named her "Stella Blue", she is so sweet it gave me a cavity. What can I say, an awesome guitar......My friend said the paint looked like it was from the space shuttle, hmm, Stellar Blue??
the_mule
Intermediate Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 148
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 04, 2004 - 12:50 am:   Edit Post

Congratulations with that fabulous Tribute, please don't hesitate to add some more pictures! It's a great piece of history, and the solid mahogany body should give you a great foundation for some major tone tweaking. Although I'm fully converted, addicted and dedicated to the bass now, I just love this guitar!
crobbins
New
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 8
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 04, 2004 - 7:48 am:   Edit Post

I'll post some more pics when the sun comes out.Stella Blue
crobbins
New
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 9
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Sunday, July 04, 2004 - 8:17 am:   Edit Post

thrill74
Junior
Username: thrill74

Post Number: 24
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 4:26 pm:   Edit Post

crobbins Cragrats! I've played that guitar before and without a doubt, you have got yourself THE tone of all that is good in guitars! I have tried to get that sound out of my other guitars, but only yours dominates!
bassman10096
Senior Member
Username: bassman10096

Post Number: 499
Registered: 7-2003
Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2004 - 10:35 pm:   Edit Post

Congratulations Craig! I love that guitar - I think lots of us played or heard it during its residence at Alembic. The Blue color changing finish is great in all kinds of light. And the Tribute sound is in a class all its own. Great to see it become part of someone's music!!

Don't be a stranger. Keep us posted on how things develop for you with this beautiful ax. If I were the one taking it home it would become an obsession.

Bill
crobbins
New
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 10
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 10:45 am:   Edit Post

Here's a few more pics...........
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 11
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 10:48 am:   Edit Post

Closeup..........
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 12
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 10:52 am:   Edit Post

Closeup of Logo..........
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 13
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 10:56 am:   Edit Post

Security for my guitar.....
the_mule
Intermediate Member
Username: the_mule

Post Number: 179
Registered: 1-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 10:57 am:   Edit Post

Wow, it's truly truly wonderful...

Have you gigged her yet, and how many questions did you have to answer afterwards? That's one of the coolest guitars ever IMHO, you must be so proud!

Wilfred
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 15
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 9:34 pm:   Edit Post

My bro
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 16
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 9:36 pm:   Edit Post

crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 17
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 9:39 pm:   Edit Post

crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 18
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, July 26, 2004 - 9:41 pm:   Edit Post

keavin
Senior Member
Username: keavin

Post Number: 436
Registered: 12-2002
Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 5:48 am:   Edit Post

i love the way it changes colors!,that would be cool paint for a series bass!
hollis
Advanced Member
Username: hollis

Post Number: 274
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 - 12:03 pm:   Edit Post

Soooooooo Sweeeeeeeeet!
andrewknight
Junior
Username: andrewknight

Post Number: 16
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Craig,

I just got the Tibute that I posted in the showcase with yours. I really like that blue color, that is just plain cool. I really enjoy playing reggae too and I really love the rich/strong tones out of the Tribute for the leads and rythm.

I think the tone quality backs up the positive message of reggae very well. What band are you in? Maybe when I'm down from Sacramento on business I can get lucky and see a gig.
Andrew
andrewknight
Junior
Username: andrewknight

Post Number: 17
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - 1:52 pm:   Edit Post

Hey Craig,

I just got the Tribute that I posted in the showcase with yours. I really like that blue color, that is just plain cool. I really enjoy playing reggae too and I really love the rich/strong tones out of the Tribute for the leads and rythm.

I think the tone quality backs up the positive message of reggae very well. What band are you in? Maybe when I'm down from Sacramento on business I can get lucky and see a gig.
Andrew
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 21
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Monday, August 08, 2005 - 11:52 pm:   Edit Post

Sitting here in Limbo
Waiting for the tide turn.
Yeah, now, sitting here in Limbo,
So many things I've got to learn.
Meanwhile, they're putting up a resistance,
But I know that my faith will lead me on.

Sitting here in Limbo
Waiting for the dice to roll.
Yeah, now, sitting here in Limbo,
Still got some time to search my soul.
Meanwhile, they're putting up a resistance,
But I know that my faith will lead me on.

I don't know where life will take me,
But I know where I have been.
I don't know what life will show me,
But I know what I have seen.
Tried my hand at love and friendship,
That is past and gone.
And now it's time to move along.

Sitting here in Limbo
Like a bird ain't got a song.
Yeah, I'm sitting here in Limbo
And I know it won't be long
'Til I make my getaway, now.
Meanwhile, they're putting up a resistance,
But I know that my faith will lead me on.

I don't know where life will take me,
But I know where I have been.
I don't know what life will show me,
But I know what I have seen.
Tried my hand at love and friendship,
That is past and gone.
And now it's time to move along.

Gonna lead me on now.
Meanwhile, they're putting up resistance,
But I know that my faith will lead me on.
Sitting in Limbo, Limbo, Limbo.
Sitting in Limbo, Limbo, Limbo.
Sitting in Limbo, Limbo, Limbo.
Meanwhile, they're putting up a resistance,
But I know that my faith will lead me on.
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 22
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 12:01 am:   Edit Post

RIP Jerry...........
I'm checkin out some
05-08-77 Barton Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (Sun)
1: Minglewood, Loser, El Paso, TLEO, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightning> Supplication, B. E. Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin
2: Scarlet> Fire, Estimated, St. Stephen> NFA> St. Stephen> Morning Dew E: Saturday Night
General Admission: $7.50
marcm
Intermediate Member
Username: marcm

Post Number: 101
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Tuesday, August 09, 2005 - 8:51 am:   Edit Post

i had a ticket to the cornell show but i couldn't be there. it was the the day my master's thesis was due at m.i.t., and my thesis advisor (now deceased) requested some last-minute changes. i couldn't finish in time to leave with my friends, so i had to give up my ticket. i was not pleased.

it snowed briefly in cambridge that afternoon, as i walked my manuscript down amherst alley to my thesis advisor's office. the next morning i learned that it had snowed in ithaca that night

my friends recorded the show on a portable sony cassette deck, a larger precursor of the famous tcd-5 (i seem to recall td-135, but that easily could be wrong). i heard the tape when my friends got back around six the next morning. it was an extraordinary show, climaxing in the most incredible morning dew that any of us had heard before, or that i've heard since. and now anyone can hear it!

thanks craig, for remembering the day

and thank you jerry. rest in peace


marc
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 24
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Tuesday, April 18, 2006 - 8:07 pm:   Edit Post

Still alive and well. What's shakin??
crobbins
Junior
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 35
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Saturday, February 24, 2007 - 5:14 pm:   Edit Post

Blue Steel and friends.Blue Steal and friends
crobbins
Senior Member
Username: crobbins

Post Number: 966
Registered: 6-2004
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2012 - 6:09 pm:   Edit Post

The "Blue Steel" now lives in the cool Colorado rain...
benson_murrensun
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 612
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 5:30 am:   Edit Post

The Blue Steel makes an appearance in a jam with the Titan of the Telecaster, Bill Kirchen.
mtjam
Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 80
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 8:29 am:   Edit Post

Kirchen's the man! What were the circumstances behind you and Kirchen jamming?
benson_murrensun
Senior Member
Username: benson_murrensun

Post Number: 614
Registered: 5-2007
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 9:12 am:   Edit Post

I've known Bill for a number of years. He was in the area for a gig, so I invited him to a party my wife and I threw for some friends. He graciously accepted! He sat in with our band, The Blonapartes, and then had me join his band for a tune as well. And, yes, Bill IS the man!
mtjam
Member
Username: mtjam

Post Number: 81
Registered: 11-2011
Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:25 pm:   Edit Post

My wife and I had the pleasure of meeting Bill on several occasions when he played here in Maryland. He is always very friendly and giving of his time to chat with fans.

I still have a CD he signed for "Baby Kelly." My wife was pregnant at the time and we didn't know if we were having a boy or a girl.

Sorry to derail the Blue Steel thread. Very nice axe! I'm sure you are enjoying it!

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