Allan Holdsworth 

 

Allan Holdsworth & Ed Roman 1991

(It's so typical of many pictures with the stupid thumbs up routine!)

I worked with Allan on several of his guitars when I was working at Steinberger.


 

 

Ibanez Allan Holdsworth Model


 

Brief History

Allan Holdsworth is widely regarded by fans and contemporary musicians as one of the 20th Century's most prominent guitarists. He is one of a handful of musicians who has consistently proven himself as an innovator in between and within the worlds of rock and jazz music. Many of music's best-known instrumental masters cite Holdsworth as that rare and shining voice—a legendary player who continues to push the outer limits of instrumental technique and the electric guitar's range of tonal and textural possibilities. Particularly during the 90s, Holdsworth has enjoyed the recognition so many musicians strongly feel he deserves, given that he has developed his career outside the big label mainstream and has consistently produced his own recordings with complete creative control since the mid-80s. Despite the uncompromising nature of Holdsworth's predominantly genre-defying solo projects, he's no stranger to all-star jazz festival line-ups or large venue rock audiences. Musician Magazine placed Holdsworth near the top of their “100 greatest guitarists of all time.” There's never been a shortage of media attention or acclaim for Holdsworth's accomplishments and originality. An inductee of Guitar Player Magazine's Hall of Fame, Holdsworth is a five-time winner in their readers' poll.

 

 

 

Ed Roman's Shop Can Build Any Custom Body Shape

 
Allan's custom made guitar has a baritone upper neck & a standard lower neck.
It is smaller & lighter than the Steinberger version   It's much easier to play for any extended time.
People who play doublenecks guitars.  usually become quickly disenchanted with them !!
Unless they only use them for short periods of time.
Allan of course has been through that ringer and that's why he uses these smaller models.

 

 
AS A LEADER

"VELVET DARKNESS" 1976 CTI/KING/1990 EPIC ASSOCIATED (LP,CD)
"VELVET DARKNESS" 1994 KING-JAPAN/1997 CTI-JAPAN (CD)
"I.O.U." 1982 LUNA CRACK/1985 ENIGMA (LP,CD)
"ROAD GAMES" 1983 WARNER BROS./2001 GNARLY GEEZER (EP,CD)
"METAL FATIGUE" 1985 ENIGMA (LP,CD)
"ATAVACHRON" 1986 ENIGMA (LP,CD)
"SAND" 1987 RELATIVITY (LP,CD)
"SECRETS" 1989 INTIMA (LP,CD)
"WARDENCLYFFE TOWER" 1992 RESTLESS (CD)
"WARDENCLYFFE TOWER +3" 1992 POLYDOR-JAPAN (CD)
"BEST WORKS COLLECTION" (COMPILATION) 1992 JIMCO-JAPAN (CD)
"HARD HAT AREA" 1993 POLYDOR-JAPAN (CD)
"HARD HAT AREA" 1994 RESTLESS (CD)
"NONE TOO SOON" 1996 POLYDOR/VERVE FORECAST(CD)
"I.O.U. LIVE" 1997 PURPLE PYRAMID (CD)
"THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN" 1999 POLYDOR-JAPAN (CD)
"FLAT TIRE-MUSIC FOR A NON-EXISTENT MOVIE" 2001 MEGAZOIDAL (CD)
"ALL NIGHT WRONG" 2002 SONY (CD,SACD)
"THE SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN (SPECIAL EDITION)" 2003 GLOBE MUSIC MEDIA ARTS (CD)
"THEN!" 2003 ALTERNITY/2003 UNIVERSAL-JAPAN (CD)

 


WITH GORDON BECK

"SUNBIRD" 1979 DISQUES JMS (LP,CD)
"THE THINGS YOU SEE" 1980 DISQUES JMS (LP,CD)
"THE THINGS YOU SEE/SUNBIRD" 1994 DISQUES A.G. (CD)
"WITH A HEART IN MY SONG" 1988 DISQUES JMS (LP,CD)
"DREAMS" 1989 DISQUES JMS (CD)
 



WITH JACK BRUCE

"A QUESTION OF TIME" 1989 EPIC (LP,CD)
 


WITH BILL BRUFORD

"FEELS GOOD TO ME" 1977 EDITIONS E.G. (LP,CD)
"ONE OF A KIND" 1979 POLYDOR (LP,CD)
"HELL'S BELLS" 1980 E.G. (EP/45 RPM)
"MASTER STROKES" (COMPILATION) 1986 E.G. (LP,CD)
 


WITH IAN CARR'S NUCLEUS

"BELLADONNA" 1972 VERTIGO/1990 LINE/2003 UNIVERSAL-JAPAN (LP,CD)
"DIRECT HITS" (COMPILATION) 1973 VERTIGO (LP)
 


WITH STANLEY CLARKE

"IF THIS BASS COULD ONLY TALK" 1988 CBS/PORT. (LP,CD)
"THE COLLECTION" 199? CASTLE (CD)
 


WITH COME TOGETHER

"GUITAR TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES" 1993 N.Y.C. (CD)
 


WITH CYMBIOSIS MAGAZINE

"VOLUME 1-#1" 1986 CYMBIOSIS (CASSETTE)
"VOLUME 2-#1" 1988 CYMBIOSIS (CD)
 


WITH ENIGMA VARIATIONS

"ENIGMA VARIATIONS" (COMPILATION) 1985 ENIGMA (CD)
"VOLUME 2" (COMPILATION) 1987 ENIGMA (LP)
 


WITH FRANK GAMBALE

MVP-"TRUTH IN SHREDDING" 1990 LEGATO (CD)
 


WITH PIERRE MOERLEN'S GONG

"GAZEUSE" 1976 VIRGIN (LP,CD)
"EXPRESSO" 1977 VIRGIN (LP)
"EXPRESSO 2" 1978 ARISTA (LP,CD)
"TIME IS THE KEY" 1979 ARISTA/1991 GREAT EXPECTATIONS (LP,CD)
"WINGFUL OF EYES" (COMPILATION) 1986 VIRGIN (CD)
 


WITH GONGZILLA

"SUFFER" 1995 LOLO (CD)
 


WITH GUITAR ON THE EDGE

"VOLUME #1" 1992 GUITAR ON THE EDGE (CD)
"VOLUME #2" 1992 GUITAR ON THE EDGE (CD)
 


WITH GORKY PARK

"STARE" 1996 M.I.R. (CD)
 


WITH GUITAR'S PRACTICING MUSICIANS

A.HOLDSWORTH,J.WATSON-"PLAY THAT FUNKY MUSIC" 1989 GUITAR (CD)
 


WITH STU  HAMM

"RADIO FREE ALBEMUTH" 1988 RELATIVITY (LP,CD)
 


WITH HERBIE HANCOCK

"V.S.O.P.-TOUR NARRATIVE" 1977 COLUMBIA-PROMO (LP)
 


WITH STEVE HUNT

"FROM YOUR HEART AND YOUR SOUL" 1997 SPICE RACK (CD)
 


WITH IGGINBOTTOM

"IGGINBOTTOM'S WRENCH" 1969 DERAM/1988 DERAM-JAPAN (LP,CD)
 


WITH JON ST. JAMES

"TRANS-ATLANTIC" 1984 EMI AMERICA (LP)
"FAST IMPRESSIONS" 1986 ENIGMA (LP,CD)
 


WITH ANDERS JOHANSSON & JENS JOHANSSON

"HEAVY MACHINERY" 1996 HEPTAGON (CD)
 


WITH KROKUS

"CHANGE OF ADDRESS" 1986 ARISTA (LP,CD)
 


WITH LEVEL 42

"GUARANTEED" 1991 RCA (CD)
"GUARANTEED" 1991 RCA (CD-SINGLE)
 


WITH ANDREA MARCELLI

"SILENT WILL" 1990 VERVE/FORECAST (CD)
"ONENESS" 1992 VERVE/FORECAST/1994 LIPSTICK (CD)
 


WITH ALEX MASI

"ATTACK OF THE NEON SHARK" 1989 ENIGMA/METAL BLADE (LP,CD)
 


WITH PAZ

"LOVE IN PEACE (AMOUR EMPAZ)" 1991 MASTER MIX (CD)
 


WITH ESTHER PHILLIPS

"CAPRICORN PRINCESS" 1976 KUDU (LP)
 


WITH JEAN-LUC PONTY

"ENIGMATIC OCEAN" 1977 ATLANTIC (LP,CD)
"INDIVIDUAL CHOICE" 1983 ATLANTIC (LP,CD)
"LE VOYAGE-THE J.L. PONTY ANTHOLOGY" 1996 RHINO (CD)
"THE VERY BEST OF JEAN-LUC PONTY" 2000 RHINO (CD)
 


WITH SOFT MACHINE

"BUNDLES" 1975 HARVEST-E.M.I./1990 SEE FOR MILES (LP,CD)
"TRIPLE ECHO" (COMPILATION) 1977 HARVEST-E.M.I. (LP)
"LAND OF COCKAYNE" 1981 E.M.I./1996 ONE WAY (LP,CD)
"THE UNTOUCHABLE" (COMPILATION) 1990 CASTLE (LP,CD)
"BEST OF THE HARVEST YEARS" 1995 SEE FOR MILES (CD)
"BBC RADIO 1971-1974" 2003 HUX (CD)
 


WITH SOFT WORKS

"ABRACADABRA" 2003 UNIVERSAL-JAPAN (CD)
 


WITH SOMA

"SOMA" 1986 OCCIDENTAL/1992 HEADING WEST (LP,CD)
 


WITH JOHN STEVENS

"TOUCHING ON" 1977 VINYL/1990 KONNEX (LP,CD)
"CONVERSATION PIECE PART 1 & 2" 1980 VIEW/1991 KONNEX (LP,CD)
"RE-TOUCH" 1983 VIEW/1993 KONNEX (LP,CD)
 


WITH STRANGE ADVANCE

"THE DISTANCE BETWEEN" 1988 EMI (LP,CD)
"WORLDS AWAY & BACK" 199? EMI MUSIC CANADA (CD)
 


WITH STEVE TAVAGLIONE

"BLUE TAV" 1990 CREATCHY-JAPAN (CD)
 


WITH TEMPEST

"TEMPEST" 1973 BRONZE/1996 ONE WAY (LP,CD)
"UP & ON/GREY & BLACK" 1973 BRONZE-WARNER BROS.-JAPAN (45 RPM)
 


WITH U.K.

"U.K." 1978 E.G./POLYDOR (LP,CD)
"IN THE DEAD OF NIGHT" 1978 POLYDOR (45 RPM)
"RADIO SPECIAL" 1978 POLYDOR-PROMO (LP)
"U.K./DANGER MONEY/NIGHT AFTER NIGHT" 1999 R & R (2 CD)
 


WITH VARIOUS ARTISTS

"AFFIRMATIVE:YES SOLO FAMILY ALBUM" 1993 CONN. COLLECTION (CD)
"CONTEMPORARY JAZZ MASTERS" (SAMPLER) 1990 COLUMBIA (CD)
"FUSION-DRUM INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FEST. AMSTERDAM" 1990 CBS (CD)
"CMPLER 2" (SAMPLER) 1992 CMP (CD)
"JAZZ FUSION VOLUME 2" 1997 RHINO (CD)
"MELTDOWN" (SAMPLER) 1992 RYKODISC (CD)
"J.WETTON/G.DOWNES/ASIA/U.K. COMPILATION" 1997 RESURGENCE (CD)
"GUITAR ZONE" 1998 TIMES SQUARE (CD)
"FUSION 101" 1999 (CD)
 


WITH THE CARL VERHEYEN GROUP

"NO BORDERS" 1988 CHASE MUSIC GROUP (LP,CD)
"NO BORDERS PLUS" 1994 LEGATO (CD)
 


WITH CHAD WACKERMAN

"FORTY REASONS" 1991 CMP (CD)
"THE VIEW" 1993 CMP (CD)
 


WITH JEFF WATSON

"LONE RANGER" 1992 SHRAPNEL (CD)
 


WITH JOHN WETTON

"KINGS ROAD" (COMPILATION) 1987 EDITIONS E.G. (CD)
 


WITH TONY WILLIAMS NEW LIFETIME

"BELIEVE IT!" 1975 COLUMBIA/2004 COLUMBIA (LP,CD)
"SNAKE OIL/RED ALERT" 1975 COLUMBIA (45 RPM)
"MILLION DOLLAR LEGS" 1976 COLUMBIA/1992 COLUMBIA-JAPAN (LP,CD)
"THE BEST OF TONY WILLIAMS" 1980 COLUMBIA (LP)
"THE COLLECTION" 1992 COLUMBIA/LEGACY (CD)
 


 

 

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