Friday, 3 March 2017

A visit to Peter Cook, the guitar maker. . . . . .

For some time, Peter Cook and I have been meaning to have another get together and go through the "stuff from the attic"!.
Well, late last year it happened and this is the post that I did about the visit, Peter, the Axis Guitar and me!
Peter, Axis and Eric.

Well, what a brilliant day I had with Peter - the promised "sort through" of all the stuff that was in the attic/loft, was more interesting that I could have imagined.
After a cup of tea (how English) and a bit of a natter, we started on a smaller box with diaries, note books, delivery notes etc.
Lots of entries for John (The Ox) and Pete, plus Clapton, Neil Murray, Lemmie/Fast Eddie and a whole host of others.

The second box, marked up as Ned C, was full of Ned Callan bits, as you would expect, as well as more copy delivery notes,
which on reading, quite shocked me at the quantities!

I never thought there were that many in circulation - and included were the serial numbers of a lot of them, along with the dates.
There were many more interesting items, which we had a sort through - with another tea, including some Polaroid shots
of a very young Peter Cook, playing a Firebird copy, prepared for CSL!


Then the third box!
So many interesting bits and pieces to sort through and then. . . . .

What do you think this is?
Got it yet? Fans of John, I'm sure would spot this instantly - it had the whiff of "Garden Shed"
I was truly "Gobsmacked"!!!!! Yes, it's the real thing, trust me!!

Also found a few layers down, was this! The bottom part caught my eye, because he made two Firebird Twin Necks - mine and the one Del Bromham had. . . . was this entry relating to mine?
The parts at the top, obviously relate to the items shown above, if you hadn't already guessed!!!

This is just a fraction of it, in terms of details, notes, etc. - so we are going to have another go at it and try and bottom it, at some time!!

As I said at the top, a brilliant day!

As always, my request goes out to anyone who has/had a Peter Cook or Ned Callan, seen one/played one - would love to hear from you.


The Black Bomber Jacket, is one of those typical tour jackets of the 70's and 80's, which Peter used to take to shows and apparently,
sold like hot cakes.

Anyone got one?

Friday, 10 February 2017

Ibanez, Peavey and a little look backwards. . . .

Still Busy!! 

Where does all the time go to.

Anyway, recently been playing my Ibanez RB 650, which is a Killer of a bass!
So, I was searching for the link and during the same period that I did the white one, there was also lots of other interesting stuff.
So, go here and scroll down one post to the Ibanez and if you fancy it. . . . have a browse through the rest of it. :)
Ibanez RB 650 and other stuff. 

Next week, I'll be mostly playing this old fella!

 See here. Peavey Foundation and Roger Glover.

Back soon. . . Honest!!

Cheers. :)  

Sunday, 22 January 2017

2017 - More Basses and More Features. . . .

Hi to all out there - a very belated Happy New Year!! :)

I have been very busy again but now is the time to get the blog rolling again!
Ohhh Yyyesss!!

This week I have been playing my old Hondo Pro and my Fender Japan 62 Jazz.
See here:
Hondo Pro 
Fender Japan 62 Jazz Bass 

Digging out a couple of others for next week!!

So, without delay. . . . I'll be back Real Soon!!

Cheers. :)

PS. Hi to Mr Stingray!!
You know who you are!!! :) :) :)

Friday, 9 December 2016

A visit to Peter Cook - The Axis Returns. . . .

The first time Peter and I met, we spoke at length about all sorts of things - sort of a question and answer session, with other anecdotes thrown in.
 One of the questions I asked him was, "what happened to the designs, templates, ideas, paperwork from the days of "the shed", Ned Callan and the the shop?"
"It's all in the attic". Well, even back then, I had to ask - "Could I have a look at it all, at some point?"
That day arrived, a couple of weeks ago.
Image result for Peter cook Axis 
It coincided with the return of one of his creations, which he made over thirty five years ago.

This is the feature I did on the guitar, some time ago:
Peter Cook Axis Guitar

As I have mentioned before - with everything that he was involved in and everything he made for others, he had nothing of that era, for himself.

So, as well as going through a whole pile of stuff, that was in the attic, the Axis was reunited with it's creator.

Below, you can see a very happy Peter, with the Axis Guitar.

Oh - there is me. . . . as well!!!!

Back next time with "what's in the box?"

Cheers. :)

Thursday, 8 December 2016

Greg Lake, is with us no more.

I don't usually do this sort of thing - I think Gary Moore was the last time that I did, as it was such a shock.

This, to me, is an equal shock.

Greg Lake has left us, aged 69.

A volume of work that any artist would be proud of but at this time of year, I so look forward to hearing this - not only a great song at Christmas but one of my favourite songs!

He left a big impression on me and I'm sure, millions of others, all over the world.

Greg Lake. 1947 - 2016.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Reeve Headless Bass - Finished.

Well, at last. . . . it is done!!

I decided to leave the "set-up" strings on it, for the time being and set the action and intonation.
For the Eagle Eyed, amongst you - yes, it is like that. The G saddle looks like it's in the wrong place but I've had this before - in the position you see it, the fifth fret shows a true C, the seventh, a true D and the twelfth, a true G.

This was done some time ago and then is was a case of finding and nice enough day, at this time of year.
Truth is, I think it was a little bit too nice - too bright, really but waiting for another good day, is not something I wanted to do.

In the new year, I am going to meet Val again and am going to take this bass and the twin, to photograph them in her garden, where Ges took shots of his guitars, a lot of the ones you have already seen on here.

I would like to thank both Val Reeve for her input on this feature and Derrick Taylor (the original owner)  of this bass, for his permission to include him in the post - also to say Hi, to Colin.
Hi Colin!!

So, that's all on Reeve, for the time being.

Next time, more Peter Cook and what we found from the attic!!

Cheers. :)

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Derrick Taylor, Roachford - Reeve!

During my recent visit with Val Reeve, we went through a pile of documents that Val had saved, from all those years ago.
Whilst thumbing through albums and photos, one image suddenly caught my attention!
That was my headless bass! The one that started off the Reeve story - I pointed out to Val and she said, "Oh, I remember him quite well - nice lad"
That was definitely the bass! Underneath the photo, was a name - Derrick Taylor and looking through some of the old notes, it seemed that the order for the custom headless was taken on the 18th October, 1984!

The name rang a bell but as I was looking old Polaroid, it was sort of out of context - quick look on Google and up popped some details.
Derrick Taylor, of Roachford fame! Aha! Looking at the old photo and some more recent ones, it certainly did look like it was the same person.
Derrick and Andy Roachford recorded Cuddly Toy, one of my personal favourites of that period, in 1988 - just four years after the headless was ordered.

He has also worked with Steve Howe and Gabrielle - you can see more details here.

Check out the gallery, with Derrick behind Bryan Ferry - Sweet!

So, was it him? Well, a couple of emails and a phone call, confirmed that it was him. I made Val promise not to mention it to anyone, as I had said to Derrick, that I would let him read the article, before I posted it - she was over the moon, when I told her.

Derrick is still out there, doing the business, some 32 years after Val and Ges met him and started work on the headless bass.

Those of you that have followed the feature on Reeve, may remember that during the strip down of the bass, there was a name under the tuner cover.

Definitely, the very same bass!

Back next time with full shots of the restored Reeve.

Cheers, :)

Friday, 14 October 2016

A visit to Val Reeve. . . .

Well, for those of you out there that remember the heady days of a post at least once a week, if you are still with me - again, sorry for the lack of posts. . . . where does the time go to??

So, quite a few weeks ago, I finally made it to the home of Reeve!

Val was very welcoming and as soon as the kettle had boiled, we were chatting away.

I got to see the area that was the workshop and and talk about the old days, along with Colin, one of Val and Ges' friends, who remembered the old days.

The thing that grabbed me most was the amount of info that Val had still got and albums of pictures, promotional stuff and everything that went with an expanding small business.

It was for me and I'm sure Val, a great day, which got very interesting when we turned over one of the pages in an album - My Headless Bass, that started this feature on Reeve, in the hands of the original owner!

Could it be. . . .??

Back VERY SOON, with the reveal.

Cheers. :)