that was the year 1993 Artists, An­niver­saries & Nighthawks

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

PRS GUI­TARS RE­PLACE the Artist Se­ries I with Se­ries II; it has a fig­ured carved maple top and a re­duc­tion of frets from 24 to 22. The neck has a maple-bound rose­wood ‘board with abalone bird in­lays; the pick­ups are PRS Artist Se­ries Hum­buck­ers and the gui­tar fea­tures a wrapover bridge/tail­piece. Op­tions in­clude PRS vi­brato sys­tem,

semi-hol­low body and a quilted maple top. GIBSON IN­TRO­DUCES THE NIGHTHAWK with a rad­i­cal new look. Al­though the ba­sic body shape is sim­i­lar to a Les Paul it has a sharper cut­away, a nipped in waist and through-body string­ing. Avail­able as the Cus­tom, Stan­dard or Spe­cial, (depend­ing on cos­met­ics), all three Nighthawks are fit­ted with two or three pick­ups. The cov­ered mini-hum­bucker at the neck and the slanted open hum­bucker at the bridge are com­mon to all, while the third unit is an NSX sin­gle-coil sit­u­ated be­tween the two.

THE BANK OF ENG­LAND low­ers the in­ter­est rate to 6%, the low­est in 15 years; the un­em­ploy­ment fig­ure has fallen, in­fla­tion is down and with the econ­omy grow­ing by 0.6% the govern­ment de­clares the of­fi­cial end to the re­ces­sion. Hospi­tal wait­ing lists reach one mil­lion for the first time; al­though not fully op­er­a­tional un­til next year the first high-speed train suc­cess­fully trav­els through the Chan­nel Tun­nel from France to Eng­land; Bri­tish Air­ways ad­mits li­a­bil­ity af­ter a ‘dirty tricks’ cam­paign against Vir­gin At­lantic is re­vealed; and the odds on the monar­chy be­ing abol­ished by the year 2000 are short­ened from 100 to 1 to 50 to 1 by book­mak­ers.

CREAM RE­FORMS BRIEFLY to per­form at their Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in­duc­tion cer­e­mony; Depeche Mode reach num­ber one on the Bill­board 200 with their Songs Of Faith And De­vo­tion al­bum; Suede’s epony­mous first LP en­ters the UK charts at num­ber one, the fastest ever for a UK de­but al­bum; a con­cert at the Hol­ly­wood Bowl to cel­e­brate Earth Day is head­lined by Paul McCart­ney and the bill in­cludes Steve Miller, Don Hen­ley and Ringo Starr; Su­sanna Hoffs of The Ban­gles gets mar­ried; and the US Postal Ser­vice in­tro­duces an Elvis Pres­ley stamp. New to the world are Zayn Ma­lik, Liam Payne and Niall Ho­ran - all des­tined to be­come mem­bers One Di­rec­tion.

GRETSCH UN­VEILS THE G6118 An­niver­sary, in glo­ri­ous two-tone green. Orig­i­nally in­tro­duced in 1958 to cel­e­brate 75 years of the Com­pany, the gui­tar is now rein­tro­duced to mark an amaz­ing 110 years of Gretsch in­stru­ments. The green comes from Cadil­lac’s 1958 colours and with a lam­i­nated maple body and neck, mul­ti­ple body bind­ing, a pair of Fil­ter’Tron pick­ups and a ‘G’ Tail­piece, this is one very smart cookie in­deed.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.