that was a year 1950 Esquire, Dan Dare and Sains­bury’s

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

THE TOWN OF CROY­DON HOSTS the first pur­pose-built Sains­bury’s su­per­mar­ket; the Min­is­ter of Town and Coun­try Plan­ning is asked to ap­prove the Peak District as the first Na­tional Park; work is be­gun on the Sloy-Awe Hy­dro-Elec­tric Power Scheme in Scot­land; Ken­wood pro­duces the Ken­wood Chef, their first food mixer; the Daily Ex­press be­gins The Gam­bols comic strip; and The Ea­gle comic ap­pears fea­tur­ing Dan Dare and Cap­tain Pug­wash. GRETSCH GEARS UP FOR FULL-SCALE pro­duc­tion of the Syn­chro­matic 6030 (Sun­burst) and the 6031 (Nat­u­ral) arch­top acous­tics sched­uled for next year. The pro­to­types of­fer a good look­ing sin­glecut jumbo with bound f-holes, a three-piece maple/ rose­wood neck, block in­lays and a most distin­guished rose­wood stairstep bridge. The tail­piece is gold plated and fea­tures the stylised G cut-out. A cou­ple of years later the Syn­chro­matic name will be dropped in favour of Con­stel­la­tion. THE UKULELE CRAZE is well un­der way with sales in the mil­lions and so be­comes of­fi­cially recog­nised by the Mu­si­cian’s Union in New York; Fen­der in­tro­duces the Esquire solid­body gui­tar; BBC Ra­dio’s Light Pro­gramme de­buts Lis­ten With Mother, The Archers and Ed­u­cat­ing Archie. WITH ITS ELEC­TRIC GUI­TAR busi­ness boom­ing Gibson re­leases the GA-20 am­pli­fier, the first to fea­ture a top mounted, rear fac­ing, con­trol panel. It’s a twin-chan­nel de­sign with in­di­vid­ual vol­ume con­trols and of­fers three in­stru­ment jack in­puts on one and a sep­a­rate mi­cro­phone in­put on the other. There is only one tone con­trol but the am­pli­fier has a 12-inch Jensen speaker and de­liv­ers a cool 14 watts of out­put. THE NORTHAMP­TON­SHIRE VIL­LAGE of Corby is des­ig­nated to be­come the first New Town in cen­tral Eng­land; a tor­nado crosses from Bucks to Nor­folk mak­ing it the long­est track­ing dis­tance recorded; Hori­zon Hol­i­days pro­duces the first pack­age hol­i­day air char­ter flights; Har­well physi­cist Klaus Fuchs is con­victed of sup­ply­ing atomic bomb se­crets to the Soviet Union; and af­ter 36 years in ser­vice the RMS Aqui­tania is scrapped. THE BBC ADOPTS A NEW TV as­pect ra­tio of 4:3 and opens its new stu­dios in Lime Grove. The first live TV pro­gramme from Calais is broad­cast, mark­ing the cen­te­nary of the first mes­sage sent across the chan­nel via the sub­ma­rine tele­graph ca­ble. Andy Pandy is seen for the first time on Bri­tish TV and the gen­eral elec­tion re­sults are tele­vised with Cle­ment At­tlee of the Labour Party be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter. GIBSON UN­VEILS THE ES-140 three-quar­ter arch­top with Floren­tine cut­away andf-holes. The body sports a raised tor­toise­shell guard, ad­justable rose­wood bridge and a trapeze tail­piece. Ma­hogany neck, rose­wood board pearl dots, plus a P-90 with vol­ume and tone con­trols com­plete the pic­ture.

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