That Was The Year... 2 012

Lon­don Olympics, Pageants & Gar­den Par­ties

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

THE MET OF­FICE IS­SUES se­vere weather warn­ings as heavy snow falls over much of the UK; then as the year de­vel­ops they re­port that 2012 is the wettest year ever in Eng­land. A me­teor is seen over most of the UK, and the Boat Race is halted mid-race as a man swims into the path of the on-com­ing boats. Af­ter the restart the oars col­lide and Ox­ford breaks a pad­dle so Cam­bridge goes on to win.

THE AL­LAN HOLDSWORTH Sig­na­ture gui­tar is re­leased by Carvin. It’s a cu­ri­ous head­less de­sign with a cham­bered alder body that’s in­flu­enced by the Tele­caster. Avail­able with or with­out vi­brato it fea­tures a pair of Carvin H22 hum­buck­ers, an ebony fret­board and 24 frets be­yond the zero.

OFF TO THAT GREAT GIG IN THE SKY are ses­sion gui­tarist Joe Moretti, Bert Wee­don, Big Jim Sul­li­van, Jon Lord, Robin Gibb, Etta James, Davy Jones, Peter Jones (Crowded House), Whit­ney Hous­ton, Earl Scruggs, Jim King (Fam­ily), Donna Sum­mer, Bob We­ston (Fleet­wood Mac), Scott McKen­zie, Andy Wil­liams, Dave Brubeck, Ravi Shankar and com­posers Hal David and Joel Gold­smith. Oth­ers star bound are as­tro­naut Neil Arm­strong, Sir Bernard Lovell, and Sir Patrick Moore.

BRI­TAIN AT ITS BEST as it cel­e­brates the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee of Queen El­iz­a­beth II with the Thames River Pageant and a mu­si­cal gar­den party out­side Buck­ing­ham Palace. Lon­don hosts the well or­gan­ised 2012 Olympic Games where many medals are won by our sports­men and women. The Shard build­ing in Lon­don is of­fi­cially opened, Chelms­ford, St As­aph and Perth are granted city sta­tus and the Royal Al­bert Hall hosts the pre­miere of the lat­est James Bond film, Sky­fall.

PEAVEY IN­TRO­DUCES THE PXD VI­CIOUS Devin Townsend Sig­na­ture gui­tar. This through-neck seven-string beast fea­tures a V-style body, an ebony finger­board, phos­pho­res­cent side dots and a 12th fret DT logo. It’s a hard­tail with a sin­gle-coil and a hum­buck­ing pickup wired through a three-way se­lec­tor switch with a soli­tary vol­ume con­trol. Nat­u­rally it comes in a cus­tom cof­fin case!

GOVERN­MENT DEBT EX­CEEDS £1 TRIL­LION for the first time and the UK econ­omy continues to shrink. With 2.7mil­lion people with­out jobs in Jan­uary un­em­ploy­ment stands at a 17-year high. A sec­ond Greek debt bailout is agreed by Eu­ro­zone fi­nance min­is­ters and for­mer Royal Bank of Scot­land CEO Fred Good­win loses his knight­hood due to the near col­lapse of the bank back in 2008.

THE NEW COR­NELL PEDALAMP of­fers porta­bil­ity and power in a very com­pact unit. This valve driven, sin­gle chan­nel amp fea­tures a solid state rec­ti­fier, Gain, Bass and Tre­ble con­trols with fre­quency re­sponse ad­just­ment and a six-po­si­tion Mas­ter Level switch. Ro­bust and sport­ing a stain­less steel fin­ish this is one ul­tra smart cookie to take on the road.

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