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Senior Member
Username: jalevinemd

Post Number: 485
Registered: 12-2003
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 5:12 pm:   Edit Post

I saw this guitar on Ed Roman's site. Never heard of them before. The caption claims that Oasis Guitars was the predecessor to Alembic. Nice instrument. Don't know how much to believe about the rest.

Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1505
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 6:05 pm:   Edit Post


Once again Ed is getting very creative in filling in the blanks when he has no idea of the facts. Oasis was manufactured in Sacramento, CA, in the mid 70's to early 80's. There are actually a couple of reviews with info on Harmony Central


I remember seeing one about 20 years ago. Very cool construction, very Alembic-like, but with rather mundane electronics. I've been keeping my eye out for one, but Ed's price is WAY too high, IMHO. I also love the way he claims "rumored to have been owned by someone famous". It's true! In fact, I have it on good authority that it was owned by Les Paul's grandfather who built it in 1823, just before he started Alembic and invented post-its! LOL

Bill, tgo

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Senior Member
Username: bigredbass

Post Number: 930
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 10:06 pm:   Edit Post

Well, that's a mystery solved: I once saw a clip of Kool and the Gang, and Kool was playing a double cutaway bass with what looked like oval-shaped pickups . . not close enough to see regular pickups in oval rings. THIS is what it was.

Ed handles SO MANY guitars, but he really should get this straight. Or we'll just put it in the Hyak/Irwin/employee project file.

You left out that it was converted from steam to electric power just before WW1.

J o e y
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 1506
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Wednesday, August 02, 2006 - 10:14 pm:   Edit Post

Thanks for the reminder, Joey. I believe that was about the same time tiny little candles were installed along the neck to provide illumination on the dark stages of the era, before electricity was invented. The first attempt at LEDs, but it wasn't very practical!

Bill, tgo
Intermediate Member
Username: foth

Post Number: 111
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 2:27 am:   Edit Post

I owned Oasis #3 for several years. Gary Cooper built #1 for himself, then #2, Kool Bell's bass, then my guitar (maybe 1974?). It was stereo, with Hi-A pickups, 2 tones, a volume, and a master volume. Gary's wife's family was from Roseville. He left Alembic and they moved up there, where Gary started Oasis in Sacramento. I think it lasted about 5 years. After that he was a guitar tech at Skip's Music in Sac for about 30 years. He was a good guy to visit, always had lots of good Dead stories.

So I guess Gary worked at Alembic in 1973, at the beginning of the Wall of Sound time. As most of us know, Alembic was a well established company by then.
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 698
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, August 03, 2006 - 6:09 am:   Edit Post

Other than the late Gary Cooper once working at Alembic, the other connection is that they shared the same distributor in the 70's. They were distributed by Rothchild at the same time. It seems to me that the one on the Ed Roman site has been modified a bit. From what I remember, they were passive instruments using Hi-A pickups. There were 2 Oasis basses for sale not too long ago at Daryl Jones' site. He probably still has them, but not listed on the site.


Senior Member
Username: bracheen

Post Number: 1042
Registered: 11-2003
Posted on Friday, August 04, 2006 - 3:19 am:   Edit Post

I always wondered who the bone head was that invented post its. Thanks Bill.


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