Tha t Wa s The Ye a r... 1995 At­lantis, Ice­man & Gold­eneye

Guitar Techniques - - Intro -

AFTER A SIX-YEAR GAP a new James Bond movie Golden Eye is re­leased with Pierce Bros­nan in the lead roll. Philip Pull­man’s novel North­ern Lights (aka The Golden Com­pass) is pub­lished and the In­de­pen­dent news­pa­per starts The Di­ary Of Brid­get Jones col­umn. THE IBANEZ ICE­MAN RANGE BURSTS into ex­is­tence and fea­tures a strik­ing new de­sign. Part re­verse body and part up­side down Rick­en­backer this bound black beauty is a real sight to be­hold. With four guitars and a bass to choose from there’s a lot on of­fer but the looks and thick meaty sounds will ap­peal mainly to the heavy metal bri­gade. The hard-tailed IC300 fea­tures twin hum­buck­ers and great rock sounds. AS A ROCKET IS LAUNCHED from the space ex­plo­ration cen­tre in Norway it is briefly thought to be an in­com­ing at­tack on Rus­sia. The At­lantis space shut­tle docks with the Rus­sian Mir Space Sta­tion for the first time; all con­tact is lost be­tween NASA and the Pi­o­neer 11 probe; South­east Asia is treated to a to­tal so­lar eclipse; and the Star Trek Voy­ager se­ries is launched on Amer­i­can TV. FEN­DER’S NEW 63 TUBE RE­VERB UNIT brings back some vin­tage tone and style to the company’s ever ex­pand­ing range. Bound in ivory Tolex and fea­tur­ing a front cov­ered in speaker grille cloth this cool re­verb unit not only looks the part but also brings back that nos­tal­gic sound that’s so as­so­ci­ated with the early 60s. It’s a clas­sic spring re­verb de­sign with con­trols for Dwell, Mixer and Tone plus a choice of three dif­fer­ent grille colours to match your Fen­der rig. SIZEWELL B NU­CLEAR POWER STA­TION starts sup­ply­ing en­ergy to the Na­tional Grid; the BBC be­gins reg­u­lar Dig­i­tal Audio Broad­cast­ing (DAB) trans­mis­sion; and a mag­ni­tude 6.8 earth­quake oc­curs near Kobe in Ja­pan, wreak­ing havoc and de­struc­tion over a wide area. FOL­LOW­ING THE IRA AND LOY­AL­IST cease­fires last year Bri­tish sol­diers no longer pa­trol the streets of Belfast; the Queen and The Duke of Ed­in­burgh visit North­ern Ire­land; the Queen also re­turns to Cape Town in South Africa for the first time in almost 50 years; the Queen Mother has a hip re­place­ment op­er­a­tion; and Bri­tain cel­e­brates the 50th an­niver­sary of VE Day. YAMAHA IN­TRO­DUCES A NEW JAZZ GUI­TAR into its range, the AEX 1500. This arch­topped hol­low­body fea­tures twin f-holes and an or­nate tail­piece. But the sin­gle, neck-mounted pickup and sur­face con­trols are de­cep­tive for this has a se­cret weapon; the bridge is fit­ted with a piezo pickup and the con­trols for this are mounded on the up­per­side of the body in elec­tro-acous­tic fash­ion, thus pro­vid­ing a much wider range of sounds with­out los­ing the clas­sic simplicity of cello-style de­sign.

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