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 #132250  by Sparechaynge
 Thu Sep 12, 2013 1:10 pm
WOW. Thanks Rosie! That is the best pic of this bass I have ever seen! I have been trying to determine the evolution of the Alembic-modded active basses, and the control layout of this bass is an essential early example. Plus Bear's carved control plate is incredible.

Sorry for the hijack, I'm just really excited. Hope it gets recovered!! :smile: :smile:
 #132523  by zambiland
 Sun Sep 22, 2013 5:18 pm
I highly recommend Rosie's book. I bought the ebook version, a print of Phil playing feedback from Monterey and just ordered a hard copy, just to have the physical pictures.


Anyway, it would great if we could find this bass. I had assumed it was a mahogany Starfire, but it's interesting to see that it's a maple, just like his other ones. I have a '67 sunburst SII that's in need of some serious refurbishment. Great sounding basses!

It would also be nice to find Phil's EB3. Last seen in Orange County somewhere. It was offered back to Phil but he declined.
 #134485  by Sparechaynge
 Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:15 pm
I just remembered this.

In the January 1990 issue of Stereophile mag there was an article about Dave Holland that stated he own Yggdrasil at that time. I emailed him a few years ago and more recently sent a message to whomever runs his facebook page. The fb message got no reply, and I either didn't get a reply or wasn't told anything through the email. I have since changed addresses and no longer have it on file.
 #134522  by zambiland
 Fri Nov 29, 2013 3:43 pm
Sparechaynge wrote:I just remembered this.

In the January 1990 issue of Stereophile mag there was an article about Dave Holland that stated he own Yggdrasil at that time. I emailed him a few years ago and more recently sent a message to whomever runs his facebook page. The fb message got no reply, and I either didn't get a reply or wasn't told anything through the email. I have since changed addresses and no longer have it on file.

That's crazy! I wonder if he played it out or on recordings. I'd never heard about this.
 #134690  by Thomas Lieber
 Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:17 am
Sparechaynge wrote:I just remembered this.

In the January 1990 issue of Stereophile mag there was an article about Dave Holland that stated he own Yggdrasil at that time. I emailed him a few years ago and more recently sent a message to whomever runs his facebook page. The fb message got no reply, and I either didn't get a reply or wasn't told anything through the email. I have since changed addresses and no longer have it on file.
Thank you for the lead,I contacted Dave, he doesn't have the bass, never did but wishes us all the luck in its retrieval!

Lets keep at it!!
Thomas
 #134694  by Sparechaynge
 Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:49 am
Thanks for clearing that up Thomas! It kind of sounded too good to be true.
 #151352  by GuildBass
 Thu Mar 17, 2016 5:14 am
Via FB group Jefferson Airplane: Come Up The Years and Bless it's Pointed Little Head: the Jack Casady appreciation society, a fellow Casady fan is reporting that this bass has been located and returned to Jack.
The deep brown finish was stripped, but the headstock inlay (by Margareta Kaukonen) and wood carving control plate (by Stanley "Bear" Owsley) give it away.

"Jack's 67 Guild Starfire bass is indeed back in Jack's arms ! It looks different as someone refinished it after it was stolen. It was stolen after a Jefferson Airplane show at the Seattle Center Coliseum October 11th, 1969. In 1979 my dear friend and bass player bought the guitar from a fellow employee. He had no idea of its history. January 5th this year, I saw a post that Jack had written and somebody shared. I took one look at that picture and said that's Leroy's bass ! I called him right away, and asked if he wanted me to contact Jack to get it back to him. Leroy paid $1800 for it in 1979. He said do it. So after a lot of chatting with people that knew Jack, I finally spoke with Jorma. We made a little funny plan , to surprise the hell out of jack. I'm not going to tell the whole story here, because I have written the story already. To wrap this up, I shipped Jack's bass to him about a month ago ! Jack is very happy !"
 #152045  by pablomago
 Sat May 07, 2016 2:34 pm
Sparechaynge wrote:Ok, new links for some more pictures.

http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/jack+casad ... uage=en_US

Not my tumblr, just found it on google.

http://www.flyguitars.com/interviews/ja ... ldBass.php
I thought I knew a lot about Mr. Casady. But after reading that interview from fly guitars, I realized that I didn't know Jack!
 #157674  by eddimac
 Fri Jul 28, 2017 8:20 am
In '68 or '69, The Airplane played at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas. Some friends of mine attended and then ended up at the motel (hotel?) where JA was staying after the concert. While the band was distracted, Jack's bass was quietly removed from his room. The guy who stole it was a bass player himself (sort of). Jack's bass with the complicated electronics was quite a step up for a guy who usually played a little Kalamazoo. I was a bass player in a rival band and was informed that I ought to go to their band practice and check out Jack's bass. I missed the chance because I just didn't want anything to do with the caper, but I'm kinda sorry now that I didn't get to play such a fine instrument. Some other friends convinced the culprit to return the bass after seeing appeals on the local TV news from the Airplane. I think it may have been "no questions asked." The bass was taken to the airport and unceremoniously dropped off (probably put on a baggage rack). If I recall correctly, I think it was announced as having been returned. I don't know if we are talking about the same bass as the one in this thread as I didn't see it. I just remember them talking about the electronics. How many basses did Jack lose?