Tha t Wa s The Ye a r... 2002 Paul, Pais­ley And Peace­maker

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

ONCE AGAIN FEN­DER JA­PAN comes up with the goods with af­ford­able reis­sues of the Blue Flower and Pais­ley Tele­cast­ers. The orig­i­nal US mod­els were in the shops in 1968 and only around for a short time so these are very wel­come in­deed. With all maple necks and reg­u­lar ac­cou­trements and sounds, these are all about the body fin­ishes which still look as fresh as ever!

EMI ofers Ro­bie Wil­liams £80 mil­lion for a six-al­bum deal and he signs; Gra­ham Coxon leaves Blur dur­ing the record­ing of their Think Tank al­bum ses­sions; Kelly Clark­son be­comes the first win­ner of Amer­i­can TV’s Amer­i­can Idol; the Do­min­ion Theatre hosts the Queen mu­si­cal We Will Rock You; and Paul McCart­ney mar­ries Heather Mills. Af­ter ri­ots at Guns N’ Roses con­certs due to the non ar­rival of Axl Rose, the band can­cels the tour.

THOSE SADLY DE­PART­ING the world in­clude John En­twistle, Lon­nie Done­gan, Joe Strum­mer, Peggy Lee, Dee Dee Ra­mone, Ray Con­niff, Rose­mary Clooney, Way­lon Jen­nings, Dud­ley Moore, Lionel Hamp­ton, Randy Castillo (Ozzy Os­bourne & Mot­ley Crue), Layne Sta­ley (Alice In Chains), Lisa (Left Eye) Lopes as well as Princess Mar­garet and The Queen Mother.

GOOD SE­LEC­TION OF AL­BUMS in the shops in­clud­ing Steve Vai – The Il­lu­sive Light & Sound, David Bowie – Hea­then, U2 – 7, Dream The­ater - Six De­grees Of In­ner Tur­bu­lence, Del Amitri – Can You Do Me Good, Yes – In A Word, Korn – Un­touch­ables, Ma­roon 5 – Songs About Jane, Joe Sa­tri­ani – Strange Beau­ti­ful Mu­sic, Mark Knopfler – The Rag­picker’s Dream, Wish­bone Ash – Bona Fide, Bad Com­pany – Mer­chants Of Cool, John Mayer – In­side Wants Out, Bos­ton – Cor­po­rate Amer­ica and Gary Moore – Scars.

ASH­DOWN EN­GI­NEER­ING fi­nally in­cludes a gui­tar range among its im­pres­sive ar­ray of bass am­pli­fi­ca­tion. Some­what iron­i­cally named the Peace­maker 50 head packs a hefty punch when fired in anger and its big­ger brother, the Peace­maker 100, shifts even more air. If you fancy some­thing a lit­tle less pow­er­ful and ex­pen­sive the range also in­cludes a se­ries of combos that are eas­ier on the ears as well as the pocket.

GRAND PUB­LIC OPEN­INGS in­clude Lon­don City Hall on the south bank of the Thames and Manch­ester’s Im­pe­rial War Mu­seum North. The Rochdale Canal is re­opened for re­cre­ation and at the Guild­hall Art Gallery in Lon­don the statue of the for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher is de­cap­i­tated while on dis­play.

SANTA CRUZ RE­LEASES its Vin­tage Jumbo acous­tic with a Sitka spruce topped body with ma­hogany back and sides. This Amer­i­can beauty has a ma­hogany neck with an ebony fret­board and a style more in keep­ing with Gibson’s round-shoul­dered dread­nought than a reg­u­lar jumbo body but it’s a joy to play, the work­man­ship is sublime and the price tag is un­der­stand­ably hefty.

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