Tha t Wa s The Year... 1975 Mar­garet, Rem­brandt & Gabriel

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

FEN­DER DIS­CON­TIN­UES ITS JAGUAR GUITAR! In­tro­duced in 1962, the Fen­der Jaguar is fi­nally dropped from the pro­duc­tion sched­ule in its un­lucky 13th year, due to dis­ap­point­ing sales com­pared to the cheaper Stra­to­cast­ers and Tele­cast­ers. With its twin sin­gle-coil pick­ups and off­set body shape (as first used on the Jazzmas­ter) it’s a sad loss, tem­pered by its in­evitable rise thanks to a new wave of play­ers.

HAND­SHAKES ALL ROUND as an Amer­i­can Apollo space­craft docks with a Soviet Soyuz space­craft in or­bit for the first time; NASA launches Vik­ing 1 as part of its Mars Mis­sion; Rem­brandt’s The Night Watch paint­ing is slashed while on show in Am­s­ter­dam; and the Space Moun­tain at­trac­tion opens at Walt Dis­ney World in Florida.

GUILD IN­TRO­DUCES THE D-40C Blue­grass Ju­bilee Cut­away adding a sharp Florentine cut­away to al­low easy ac­cess to the up­per frets on this pop­u­lar model. This dread­nought sports a solid spruce top, ma­hogany back and sides, bound body and a solid one-piece Hon­duras ma­hogany neck. It has a rose­wood finger­board and the nat­u­ral-fin­ish body is be­stowed with a tor­toise­shell pick­guard.

NEW MU­SI­CAL RE­CRUITS in­clude Jack White, KT Tun­stall, Michael Bublé, En­rique Igle­sias, Natalie Im­bruglia, Jack John­son, Tom Delonge and Spice Girl Mel B. De­mo­bilised are T-Bone Walker, Tim Buck­ley and Pete Ham of Badfin­ger. Ron­nie Wood joins The Rolling Stones; bassist Steve Har­ris forms Iron Maiden; Led Zep­pelin sell out three con­certs at Madi­son Square Gar­den, New York in four hours; Ritchie Black­more leaves Deep Purple and forms Rain­bow; Peter Gabriel leaves Ge­n­e­sis and drum­mer Phil Collins takes on lead vo­cals.

MI­CROSOFT IS FOUNDED by Bill Gates and Paul Allen; Ja­panese moun­tain clim­ber Junko Tabei is the first woman to reach the sum­mit of Mount Ever­est; oceanic ex­plorer Jac­ques Cousteau finds the wreck of HMHS Bri­tan­nic which sank in 1916; and both VHS and Be­ta­max sys­tems com­pete to be­come the ac­cepted video-recorder stan­dard.

FOL­LOW­ING A REF­ER­EN­DUM the UK votes to stay in the Euro­pean Com­mu­nity; the Group of six in­dus­tri­alised na­tions is formed un­der the head­ing of G6; in Scot­land, the first pe­tro­leum pipe­line con­nect­ing Grange­mouth and Cru­den Bay is opened for busi­ness; the price of petrol in­creases by nearly 70 per cent dur­ing the year as in­fla­tion spi­rals; Mar­garet Thatcher is the new Prime Min­is­ter; and the war in Viet­nam fi­nally comes to an end.

A SMALL RUN OF STAR­CASTER gui­tars and even the odd bass slips out of the Fen­der fac­tory. It’s the Big F’s an­swer to Gib­son’s ES-335 with a bound semi-hol­low asym­met­ri­cal dou­ble-cut maple body, arched top and f-holes at­tached to a bolt-on maple neck with a new head­stock shape and a maple finger­board. The elec­tron­ics are OTT, with two vol­ume and two tone con­trols plus a mas­ter vol­ume and three-way selec­tor, all for the twin hum­buck­ing pick­ups.

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