that was the year 1993 Artists, Anniversaries & Nighthawks
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.