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Advanced Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 305
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 12:41 pm:   Edit Post

I just bought this cool Oasis bass yesterday. It's got a great looking reddish fret board with nice binding, and a made-in-Germany adjustable tailpiece that seems to be missing some knurled nuts? It's also has one wrong knob. It has Hi A unmarked pickups with passive electronics. Nice sounding. I have just started to clean it up.

I think Alembic made the bridge. Itís a very well made bass. There is next to no info on the internet about Oasis instruments made by Gary Cooper (deceased) during the seventies.

Anyone know more about it? I'll post more pics as the cleaning progresses.


(Message edited by davehouck on September 09, 2010)
Senior Member
Username: glocke

Post Number: 757
Registered: 9-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 2:50 pm:   Edit Post

thats one of the sweetest basses ive ever seen...
Senior Member
Username: lbpesq

Post Number: 4566
Registered: 7-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 3:44 pm:   Edit Post

That's a beautiful bass. I love the Oasis instruments. I've been looking for an Oasis guitar for several years now. Congrats and enjoy the restoration process.

Bill, tgo
Senior Member
Username: dela217

Post Number: 1046
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 4:30 pm:   Edit Post

That indeed is lovely. I also have been looking for a bass like that for a while.

I believe that bridge was made by Stars Guitars. I also think that it is a later Oasis as the early ones had the Hi-A embossed in the pups.

Username: mica

Post Number: 6930
Registered: 6-2000
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2010 - 4:53 pm:   Edit Post

Gary Cooper worked for Alembic at one time, and when we were distributed by Rothchild, so was Oasis. Gary bought parts from us and later from Stars Guitars.

After Oasis, he spent time as the repairman at Skip's Music in Sacramento, CA. He was killed in a motorcycle accident.

There's a few pictures of other Oasis instruments peppered around the club.
Intermediate Member
Username: xlrogue6

Post Number: 173
Registered: 8-2002
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 - 9:23 am:   Edit Post

Way back when I was in high school (like '74-'75), Gary was working in the basement of a long-gone music store called Lew's Music on the K Street Mall in Sacramento. I think the first Oasis instruments were built in that shop, although I can't absolutely vouch for the veracity of 35 year old memories.
Advanced Member
Username: afrobeat_fool

Post Number: 249
Registered: 7-2009
Posted on Friday, September 10, 2010 - 12:52 pm:   Edit Post

Nice score Dave. Will you be playing it around town? I would love to see it in person.
Advanced Member
Username: gtrguy

Post Number: 306
Registered: 9-2004
Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 10:53 am:   Edit Post

I just did a private party Sunday with it. It's kinda heavy to play and I could not really slap on it. It sounded great, though. Very 60's sounding with a clear attack. Shoot me an email if you ever want to see it. I finished cleaning it up. The control pots date to 1978 on the Oasis.

I have started gigging with my recently accquired Yamaha BX-1 headless bass. What a hoot! It sounds amazing and weighs next to nothing. Another obscure high quality instrument.

Davecoasis cl bx
Senior Member
Username: mario_farufyno

Post Number: 517
Registered: 9-2008
Posted on Monday, September 13, 2010 - 1:29 pm:   Edit Post

(Message edited by Mario Farufyno on September 13, 2010)

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