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.
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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.http://www.sessionbassguitarist.com/session-bass-player

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!
Amazing!

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. :)

 

Friday, 22 July 2016

Reeve Guitar Gallery.

Another big gap in posts! Sorreeeee, so busy these days but I'm back on the case. No pun intended!

Other Reeve owners have been in touch and this is the gallery of the ones I have. There is one missing, a Red Long Horn Strat type, which I'm sure I had the images but can I find them? If you are the person who kindly sent them to me, please send again and I will include them.
Here we go!







 As you can see a varied mix of styles. The bass has the same hardware as mine, although that is a single pick-up, mine is two.
The green Vee shaped guitar, as the owner said, is much played and much modded - unusual shape.
The black LH Strat style, has some interesting switching - all on, all off or any perm you can get! The Burns type scroll was a special request by the customer.
Finally the last one shown has "aged" and again, has some interesting controls.
The position markers and very much in the Hofner style of things.

If anyone else has a Reeve Guitar, please drop me a line.

contactflateric@gmail.com

Next time, the pics of my finished Reeve Headless bass and then I'll move onto something different.

Cheers. :) 

Friday, 13 May 2016

Reeve - Brian May Red Special. . . .

More Reeve!

Bit of a delay - still got lots going on.

Val sent me another picture she had found, showing
that the Brian May Red Special I posted up, was inded
a Reeve, made for Adrian - who Val remebers very well
but has lost touch with him.

Feast your eyes on this Very Accurate replica!!!


 Another absolute Cracker from Reeve.
I would live to know where this is now!

Next time I am going to post up images of Reeve guitars, 
that have been sent to me by readers of this blog.

Any more Reeve owners??

Drop me a line:
contactflateric@gmail.co.uk 

Back soon.

Cheers. :)

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Reeve Guitars - Continued. . . . .

The next instalment from Val Reeve.



































Off we go again!

After the excitement of the eighties, things began to quieten down 

and we settled into a routine of making instruments and also began to 
do a lot of repairs.  
Eventually we were doing all the guitar repairs for a music shop in 
Dunstable.
The recession was beginning to bite and orders began to dry up.  
Our accountant told us it was time now to revert back to 'hobby status'.  
We had tried but it was no longer viable to run Reeve Guitars as a 
business so Ges (the only one who was working full-time in Reeve Guitars) 
had to find a job and we went back to how it had been originally, working 
evenings and weekends.

In the late nineties, my son, Michael wanted a guitar made.  

This was a break through, Michael had always considered that nothing 
could better his Les Paul!!  
The consequent result of a gleaming white guitar was totally superb.  
Michael and Mike had worked closely, Michael explaining exactly what 
he required and with Mike's considerable electronic expertise, 
the guitar could produce every sound that Michael wanted and of course, 
the bodywork created by Ges was second to none.  
The ultimate praise came when Michael said the Reeve Guitar was far 
superior to his Les Paul!





 












More about Reeve next time.

Cheers. :)