That Was The Year ... 1935

Pres­ley, Cre­mona and Kit Kat

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

HAR­MONY’S CRE­MONA ACOUS­TIC RANGE gets a ma­jor over­haul with sev­eral new mod­els be­ing in­tro­duced; from the H1263 Grand Con­cert ver­sion to the top of the range H1307 Cre­mona VII with its dis­tinc­tive Wine Red Shaded carved spruce top, her­ring­bone top trim, flamed maple back and sides. The neck has a soft-V pro­file, pearl in­lays and a rac­ing stripe on the finger­board. Dur­ing wartime the whole range is mod­i­fied with the tuners and tail­piece qual­ity down­graded due to metal short­ages, but it re­mains a great se­ries of gui­tars. IN CEL­E­BRA­TION OF KING GE­ORGE v’s Sil­ver Ju­bilee the Lon­don North Eastern Rail­way in­tro­duces the Sil­ver Ju­bilee stream­liner ser­vice be­tween Kings Cross and New­cas­tle-Upon-Tyne, em­ploy­ing Nigel Gres­ley’s LNER Class A4 steam lo­co­mo­tives. The driv­ing test is made com­pul­sory, pop­u­lated ar­eas are given a 30 mph speed limit for the first time and ‘cat’s eyes’ are in­tro­duced on Bri­tish roads. THE FIRST DEMON­STRA­TION OF RADAR takes place in Daven­try con­ducted by Robert Wat­son-Watt; the new steel­works at Corby be­gins pro­duc­tion; and the Hawker Hur­ri­cane fighter per­forms its maiden flight. De­signed in the In­ter­na­tional style the De La Warr Pav­il­ion opens in Bex­hill-On-Sea; Pen­guin Books pub­lishes pa­per­backs for the first time; and Rown­tree pro­duces its Choco­late Crisp bar soon to be re­named Kit Kat. NEW TAD­POLES IN THE POND in­clude Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alex Har­vey, Gene Vin­cent, Lu­ciano Pavarotti, Barry McGuire, Sonny Bono, Herb Alpert, Dud­ley Moore, Ron­nie Hawkins, Jim Dale, John Phillips (Ma­mas & The Pa­pas), Johnny Mathis, Julie An­drews, tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ter Simon Dee, Rod Hull (and Emu?) and ac­tors Don­ald Suther­land, Woody Allen and Doug McClure. Leav­ing the pond is The Sor­cerer’s Ap­pren­tice com­poser Paul Dukas. GIBSON’S ‘NEW MOD­ELS’ BROCHURE re­veals the new Su­per 400 arch­top gui­tar, and in true Gibson fash­ion it’s named af­ter its sale price of $400. This is a truly stag­ger­ing price dur­ing th­ese times of de­pres­sion. No flat-tops are in­cluded in the brochure but the small L-30 arch­top is now pre­sented with a highly strik­ing all-black fin­ish. BRI­TAIN IS CON­CERNED by the Ger­man re-ar­ma­ment and the coun­try’s in­tro­duc­tion of con­scrip­tion, so the gov­ern­ment re­sponds with plans to in­crease the size of the Royal Air Force. Some­what sur­pris­ingly, Bri­tain comes to an agree­ment with Ger­many that al­lows it to in­crease its navy. EPI­PHONE IN­TRO­DUCES THE MIGHTY EM­PEROR acous­tic arch­top to take on its main ri­val for jazz gui­tar supre­mecy Gibson, over in Kala­ma­zoo. It fea­tures a carved spruce top, maple back and sides, carved back and multi-bound body. The maple neck has a 20-fret bound ebony fret­board, split block pearl in­lays, a bound head­stock with a pearl vine logo in­lay and gold tuners. The gui­tar also has a raised bound tor­toise­shell scratch­plate, an ad­justable ebony bridge and an en­graved trapeze tail­piece. The fin­ish is Cre­mona Brown Sun­burst.

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