Prince & Princess, Rick­en­back­ers & Bea­tles

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

THE BEA­TLES IN­VADE AMER­ICA and hold 14 po­si­tions on the Bill­board Hot 100 chart in­clud­ing the top five! In Aus­tralia they hold the top six places; in Lon­don they ap­pear in wax at Madame Tus­sards’ Mu­seum; their film A Hard Day’s Night is re­leased and John Len­non’s In His Own Write is pub­lished. Scream­ing Lord Sutch broad­casts Ra­dio Sutch trans­mit­ted from the Shiv­er­ing Sands Army Fort in the Thames Es­tu­ary. Soon bored with the project Sutch sells it to his man­ager who up­grades the equip­ment and ex­pands into five of the tow­ers and broad­casts as Ra­dio City. RICK­EN­BACKER RE­LEASES THE 360/12 and it’s cham­pi­oned by Ge­orge Har­ri­son as well as Roger McGuinn of The Byrds. This semi-hol­low 12-string has a neat head­stock de­sign with a good play­ing ac­tion; how­ever the oc­tave strings are on the ‘down side’ of the main strings so to en­sure they speak cleanly many play­ers are adopt­ing a ‘back pick­ing’ ac­tion. Pete Town­shend calls it a chord ma­chine af­ter us­ing it on The Who’s de­but sin­gle, I Can’t Ex­plain. Rick­en­backer also an­nounces the build-it-yourself Astro AS-51 solid­body gui­tar that, while ed­u­ca­tional, is very ba­sic and quite frankly, ugly. THE VIL­LAGE OF MIL­TON KEYNES in North Buck­ing­hamshire is des­ig­nated to be­come one of the new Lon­don over­spill towns; the Daily Herald news­pa­per is axed and re­placed by The Sun; mods and rock­ers con­tinue to fight it out at coastal re­sorts; £10 ban­knotes reap­pear for the first time since World War II; the aver­age weekly wage is £16 and one of the long­est crim­i­nal tri­als in English le­gal his­tory comes to an end as ver­dicts are passed on the Great Train Rob­bers. Harold Wil­son is the new Prime Min­is­ter and The Queen gives birth to Prince Ed­ward, Earl of Wes­sex. GRETSCH PHASES OUT THEIR PRINCESS model af­ter only two years in pro­duc­tion. Avail­able in blue, pink or white with con­trast­ing scratch­plate this diminu­tive solid­body was ob­vi­ously aimed at the ladies. With ma­hogany body and neck, a sin­gle sur­face mounted pickup and the cu­ri­ous Tone Twis­ter vi­brato at­tached to the strings be­tween the tail­piece and the bridge, this pretty lit­tle gui­tar is des­tined to be­come very col­lectable. AS PART OF THIR CON­TIN­U­ING EN­DORSEE MOD­ELS Gibson in­tro­duces the Trini Lopez gui­tar, a hol­low­body with twin hum­buck­ers. The Cus­tom fea­tures a large body with twin Floren­tine cut­aways, di­a­mond ‘f-holes’, ebony finger­board with split di­a­mond in­lays and an el­e­gant six-a-side head­stock. The Stan­dard is a slim­line ver­sion (like the ES-335) but again with all tuners in a row in an upside-down Fire­bird shape. Both mod­els fea­ture a signed plaque on the tail­piece and soon a blue hard­tail Stan­dard also ap­pears.

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