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    Default RIP Phil Kubicki -- a message from Seymour

    via Facebook:

    "Hello friends and family... lost our friend Phil Kubicki yesterday [edit: Monday, the 18th] and sad to hear... We started the K & D Guitar Company in the early 80's when Phil started making Electric guitars in Santa Barbara... Phil worked for Fender in the 60's and built George Harrison's Rosewood Telecaster used on The "Let It Be" recording and video... Phil was such a great guitar builder and developed the "Factor Bass"... Sorry to pass the sad news and he will be missed... Seymour..."
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    Default Re: RIP Phil Kubicki -- a message from Seymour

    R.I.P. sir.

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    RIP Mr. Kubicki... sincere condolences to the family.

    I met Phil back in the 80's when I decided to get a custom bass built to my specs. His shop was on Bond Avenue, the same street that Seymour's company was located on back in the day.

    Phil and his then-wife, Carla, were always very cool people. They weren't really a retail storefront, but there was no problem with me coming in to hang with Geoff Richardson, the sales manager, who helped me spec out my neck and body.

    When my neck got damaged and needed replacement 15 years later, Phil did the work himself. I remember while he was doing some final adjustments, he needed to work on it in a different room; so before he left me alone with a couple of his employees in the big assembly room, he said to go ahead and play with some of the completed basses he had on the racks—Ex-Factors, Factors, and Key Factors, none of which I could ever afford. I plugged into a big Seymour Duncan bass head and 8 speaker cabinet and happily thumped away for 20 minutes until Phil came out to tell me my bass was ready. Good times!

    I still have that Kubicki P-Bass, it's been my number one instrument all these years. Still planning on getting a Factor one day, though.

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    Default Re: RIP Phil Kubicki -- a message from Seymour

    Sad news...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Great_Kazoo View Post
    I still have that Kubicki P-Bass, it's been my number one instrument all these years. Still planning on getting a Factor one day, though.
    Got any pics of it?

    I never knew of Seymour and Phil Kubicki's affiliation. I know his basses though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gearjoneser View Post
    Got any pics of it?

    I never knew of Seymour and Phil Kubicki's affiliation. I know his basses though.
    I posted these on the SD forum a while ago--here it is again:







    I think Phil might have had some of the Fender templates to build these bodies and necks--his
    own ergonomic basses were completely different and not traditional in comparison. If you look
    on eBay, there's usually some of his older Strat necks for sale, and always for big $$.

    Speaking of Seymour and Phil's history together, they both were mentioned in this article
    (LINK) with regard to the white Fender Strat serial #0001 that David Gilmour owns. BTW, the
    first "Phil" (mentioned in the quote) is Phil Taylor, Gilmour's guitar tech.

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    Default Re: RIP Phil Kubicki -- a message from Seymour

    RIP

    Phil built some basses that were used to make some music that defined an era

    gone too soon

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    Default Re: RIP Phil Kubicki -- a message from Seymour

    My frankenstrat has a Kubicki reverse headstock neck. I've had it for years, and I'll never sell it.

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    RIP, good sir.

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    Default Re: RIP Phil Kubicki -- a message from Seymour

    Here's an ad from '83.

    If you play guitar chest-high, you play from your heart.

    If you play guitar waist-high, you play from your guts.

    If you play guitar low, you play from your huevos.

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    I am truly sorry to hear of Phil's passing. I bought Phil and Seymour's very first K&D guitar, a paduak strat that had #1 on the neck plate, in 1978. It was stolen from me about 2 years later. Phil had made another out of the same plank of wood, and it was stamped #11. I still have it. This one had his Vintage Guitars label. Phil showed it at the 1980 NAMM show, and it had three humbuckers in it,on a different pickguard. I called him and told him how bummed I was at having my guitar stolen, and he told me he had made another one just like it. I had him put on a anodized pick guard and three Duncan Vintage pick ups, so it looked just like #1. Seymour will totally remember this guitar. He was really proud of those first guitars, and especially the paduak strat. I still think those guitars were some of the most beautiful guitars Phil ever made. This guitar is the only guitar I have ever owned that I totally babied, and it is still like new.





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