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  • Aluminium sliding pickup guitar?

    Could be a one-off, but can anyone identify the guitar in the clip? - best shot is at 2:04. Looks like a cross between a mini flying V, a Veleno, and a Doug Wilkes 'The Answer' sliding pickup guitar.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7xAw7nnP0G8

  • #2
    I vote for "one-off." I think "Cold Love" was released in the late '70's? I did a search on "Bram Tchaikovsky" and "guitars" and came up blank.

    That sliding pickup reminds me of the 1980's "Westone Rail" bass guitars. It has a sliding pickup, mounted on two rails. I guess the pickup leads were tucked in one of the rails. So the idea of a sliding pickup must have been out there and maybe used by others? The Westone had a short lived lifespan.

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    • #3
      An acquaintance (Doug Wilkes) patented a sliding pickup guitar in the 70s called 'The Answer' The one Dave Gilmour bought sold for $93,750 in 2019. It's a really good system that works well and I'm surprised there aren't more guitars that use sliding pickups.

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      • #4
        Wasn’t Dougie 70 a couple of days ago?
        The Answer http://wilkesguitars.co.uk/instruments/the-answer/
        My band:- http://www.youtube.com/user/RedwingBand

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        • #5
          I didn't know - I've lost touch with a lot of people lately. Haven't seen him for a long time, though.

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          • #6
            This is the first slider I'm aware of. First made in 1972. There was another guitar, Japanese I think, that had a sliding pickup. And there was the Gibson Graber bass, of course (1973).

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            Last edited by Boy Howdy; 10-05-2022, 06:23 PM.

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            • #7
              That's very interesting - very similar to the Wilkes system and much earlier. Here's the Wilkes patent. I'm certain in my own mind that I saw a much earlier guitar of his than the patent filing date - maybe I'm wrong. I had an idea it was late 70s or maybe very early 80s. The reference to other relevant patents turns up some very interesting ideas - particularly Pat. #2964985 - very advanced thinking.

              Wilkes Patent.pdf
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              • #8
                Reading the claims, the Wilkes patent only covers 2 or more independently sliding PU coils.
                So won't apply to a single sliding PU.
                - Own Opinions Only -

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                • #9
                  I understood that from his description - I was thinking how similar the plastic sliding rails idea was, but the Wilkes' setup is much more musically useful, if a little complicated to recall exactly where the pickups were positioned for a certain sound. Nowadays you could use stepper motors and a processor to position the pickups and save the configuration. Just like memory seat adjustments on cars, or motorised faders.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Boy Howdy View Post
                    This is the first slider I'm aware of. First made in 1972. There was another guitar, Japanese I think, that had a sliding pickup. And there was the Gibson Graber bass, of course (1973).​​
                    I image searched "sliding pickup" "guitar" and found this 1959 Framus Hollywood.

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                    • #11
                      Presumably the button slides the pickup. If it does, it appears to be quite performance-oriented.

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