Chat about Equipment Info
 #145743  by Jon S.
 Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:59 pm
That guitar is amazing!
 #145745  by Searing75
 Mon Apr 06, 2015 4:17 pm
Doesn't appeal to me at all. Love the inlay on the back though!

Good luck man!
 #146184  by Thomas Lieber
 Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:51 am
There were a good number of instruments that came out of Alembic that weren't Alembics, Wolf being one of them. This guitar looks like Bruce Becvar's work. Incredible inlay artist, probably the best at the time!

Now here is a guitar Doug and I did that recently showed up! One of my absolute favorite from those days. The Pendulous Guitar was one of our 4 new designs 75-76
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 #154412  by Old Iron Stones
 Wed Nov 02, 2016 8:10 pm
Hello, new to the forum. Doug Irwin is still alive and kicking. Recently set up shop in Mendocino County. Not sure if shop is producing anything. Sorry about late response, I just came across this thread while looking for info on Mario Martello guitars. Have a chance to get one cheap.
 #154876  by Lumpy
 Sun Dec 11, 2016 11:37 am
I too am new to this site!!
I own a Irwin Bass he made spacifically for me. This all came about one day when I was in Leo's Music store while gigging in the Bay Area. I happened to see a couple guitars for sale Doug Irwin had created. I asked about any basses he might of made and someone gave me the directions to his shop in Santa Rosa.
I took it on myself to take the drive up there and found Doug working on several instruments. I kinda remember that, was when he had one of Garcia's guitars he had done some incredible inlay work on. He also had a couple guitars for a band named "27 dollar snap on face" which were shaped like dollar signs!
Anyway, he showed me what he had to assemble, which made up of two body halfs and a throught the body neck. I said it looked great, paid him, and then the waiting began! Just about a year from that date (I don't remember) a box arrived and the bass was inside!
I still own this bass, even though it wasn't as fancy as some of the other instruments he made I have really enjoyed every note I have played on it!!!
Trying to load photos but they seem to be too big.
 #154878  by lightningbolt
 Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:15 pm
That is a great story and many on this board would love to see pictures of another bonafide Irwin. We have seen some pictures of a Dollar Sign guitar on this site in years past.

You can not load pictures on this site. Load them on a site like Photobucket and post the link here.

Looking forward to seeing your bass.
 #157909  by jmac56
 Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:39 am
bzbz wrote:no pic, doesn't exist
Obviously I don't get around to this forum very often.
Photos are a hassle to upload here. If I find the patience to compress a few to meet the size requirement I will upload.
Since my last visit I've been in touch with Thomas Lieber who provided me a letter regarding the #34 Earthworm, since he was still building guitars with Doug at the time I got this. Thomas indicated he did a good portion of the work on mine.
 #157912  by HeadSpace
 Mon Aug 14, 2017 6:11 am
Interesting. A far more basic/conventional approach than we're used to seeing. And a sunburst finish. Thanks for sharing.
 #162772  by pomaikai
 Wed Oct 03, 2018 1:06 pm
Reviving an old thread. I had an old hippy sandwich guitar that I got from a friend of mine Kristoff Gross (AKA "goose") back in around 1985 in Petaluma, and I'm trying to figure out where it came from. Unfortunately Kristoff is no longer around to ask, and the guitar face planted off a stand and broke the head stock off. I have a sneaking suspicion if it wasn't built by Irwin, it came out of his shop. Unfortunately I don't have any pictures, I gave the guitar to mine friend Mike Gutsch to see if he could fix it 33 years ago and have no idea where it is, and last I talked to him he can't recall either.

I'll describe it as best I can, maybe somebody knows who built it, I've always been curious. The neck through looked EXACTLY like this one pictured (which is why the headstock repair was so daunting);
It had very gibson SG like appointments as far as hardware and pickups, it had a heart shaped omega at the base, walnut wings and a distinctive ebony inlay on the back of a butterfly with devil horns and a pointy tail. Kristoff said he got it from some one who built it in Napa or Sonoma, possibly an apprentice of Irwin if there were any?

Unfortunately I'll have to chalk it up as another one that got away, but I've always been curious all these years.
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