That Was The Year 2003 Tor­na­does, To­rana­dos and Tolls

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

FeN­Der iN­rO­DuCeS The AMer­i­CAN DeluXe TOrON­ADO spawned from the first orig­i­nal Fen­der de­sign to orig­i­nate from the firm’s Mex­i­can plant and the Toron­ado’s pop­u­lar­ity has led to a US-built model. The body is like a re­duced Jazzmas­ter loaded with a pair of hum­buck­ing pick­ups with in­di­vid­ual vol­ume and tone con­trols plus a three-way se­lec­tor switch. It has a hard­tail and sep­a­rate bridge and you can have it with two sin­gle-coil pick­ups if you pre­fer but the price is the same. The uS AND Al­lieD FOrCeS in­vade Iraq, take con­trol of Bagh­dad and end the regime of Sad­dam Hus­sein; a record num­ber of tor­na­does de­velop over Amer­ica with 393 re­ported in 19 states; in or­bit the three-month Hub­ble Ul­tra-Deep Field project be­gins con­cen­trat­ing on a small re­gion of space in the Fornax con­stel­la­tion look­ing for an­cient gal­ax­ies; and Con­corde makes its fi­nal com­mer­cial flight. ThiS yeAr’S GlAS­TON­Bury FeS­Ti­vAl in­cludes Pri­mal Scream, Ra­dio­head, Lamb, Doves and Manic Street Preach­ers; Elvis Costello mar­ries Diana Krall at El­ton John’s es­tate; Span­dau Ballet’s Tony Hadley wins ITV’s Re­born In The USA; and Mick Jag­ger is knighted for his ser­vices to mu­sic.

rOBiN GiBB OF The Bee GeeS calls TV in­ter­viewer Gra­ham Nor­ton ‘scum’ af­ter he jokes about Mau­rice Gibb the day af­ter Mau­rice’s death. Oth­ers tak­ing their fi­nal bow are Noel Red­ding, Barry White, Robert Palmer, Hank Bal­lard, Nina Si­mone, Ed­win Starr, Bobby Hat­field (Right­eous Broth­ers), Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, gui­tarist Shawn Lane, com­poser Ron Good­win and record pro­ducer Sam Phillips. NOw iN iTS SeC­OND yeAr JJ Gui­TArS re­leases two new mod­els, the Jewel and the Retro. Both of th­ese twin-cut­away solid­bod­ies fea­ture two hum­buck­ers with mas­ter vol­ume and tone plus a three-way se­lec­tor switch. Each has a hard­tail bridge, 22 frets and ma­hogany body and neck, where they dif­fer is that the Retro body has a maple cap. Both mod­els prove to be great gui­tars to play. The M6 TOll MO­TOr­wAy OPeNS to pro­vide an al­ter­na­tive route avoid­ing the most con­gested part of the cur­rent M6; the use of hand-held mo­bile phones while driv­ing is banned; the Gov­ern­ment re­veal plans for a new run­ways at Stansted and Heathrow Air­ports, to the dis­may of the en­vi­ron­men­tal groups; and the Lon­don con­ges­tion charge is brought into op­er­a­tion. TAKAMiNe ACOuS­TiCS are of­ten the gig­ging choice of many a gui­tarist, and now the com­pany’s new cut­away clas­si­cal model with ny­lon strings will ap­peal to even more play­ers. The EC132SCXBL is fin­ished in black over a solid cedar top and a solid rose­wood back, while the neck is ma­hogany with a rose­wood fret­board. The etched tuners re­tain the clas­si­cal look and the gui­tar is fit­ted with un­der-sad­dle trans­duc­ers wired into a choice of four preamps.

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