That Was The Year... 1987
Lags, Lazers And Lancashire
THE WESTONE CLIPPER CL3012 is just the job if you’re strapped for cash. A Telecaster style body shape but with sharper cutaway, it combines a single-coil Alnico pickup with an Alnico humbucker at the bridge. The humbucker also benefits from three-way on/off/coil-tap switching and the guitar also features a Bend master Deluxe tremolo system. MARGARET THATCHER BEGINS her third term as Prime Minister; US President Ronald Reagan’s fitness comes under scrutiny following prostate surgery, but just a few weeks later he challenges Russian Premier Mikhail Gorbachev to demolish the Berlin Wall; special envoy Terry Waite is kidnapped in Beirut; and New Zealand declares itself a Nuclear Free Zone. FRENCH GUITAR MANUFACTURER LAG introduces the Rockline Lazer which brings an impressive body finish to their popular ‘Super strat’ model. The guitar also features two single-coils and a humbucker from Seymour Duncan along with a Floyd Rose vibrato system and string locking nut. With just Volume and Tone controls and a five-way pickup selector switch its circuitry is considerably simpler than some of the company’s other Rockline models. ALBUM RELEASES INCLUDE Gary Moore – Wild Frontier, Michael Jackson – Bad, Pink Floyd – A Momentary Lapse Of Reason, George Michael – Faith, Deep Purple – The House Of Blue Light, The Smiths – The World Won’t Listen and Louder Than Bombs, Santana – Freedom, Bryan Adams – Into The Fire, Level 42 – Running In The Family and U2’s The Joshua Tree. The single release video for Where The Streets Have No Name is shot on a rooftop in Los Angeles inspired by The Beatles’ rooftop concert of 1969. The Doobie Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd reform. THE EAST LANCASHIRE HERITAGE RAILWAY is opened, running a steam service between Ramsbottom and Bury; racing jockey Lester Piggott is jailed for tax evasion; Microsoft releases Windows 2.0; Star Trek – The Next Generation is syndicated for American TV; and contracts are signed allowing the construction of the Euro Disney Resort outside Paris. JIM MARSHALL CELEBRATES 50 years in music and 25 years of producing amplifiers; Fender opens its Custom Shop for business; Elton John undergoes throat surgery; and inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year are Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison and Bill Haley and at last a woman is included - Miss Aretha Franklin. THE REFERENCE 600 COMBO BY DYNACORD stands out as it sports a handsome Toffee Apple Red lacquer. This two-channel tube amp is built in Germany and has separate controls for each channel, making it ideal for setting up clean and dirty sounds. It possesses huge tonal ability and the 12-inch speaker performs with authority. A rack mount version is also available and the build quality is Teutonically excellent!