That Was The Year... 1960 Doctors, Depths and Drama
cOnSTrUcTIOn BEGInS on the Aswan High Dam in Egypt; Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh board the Bathyscaphe Trieste to descend into the Mariana Trench, the lowest area on Earth; Joseph Kittinger sets world records for high-altitude jump, free-fall; and fastest speed attained by a human being without assistance when he jumps from a balloon at an altitude of 102,800 feet. The CERN particle accelerator begins operations and Theodore Maiman successfully operates the first laser. FEnDEr InTrODUcES ThE SUpEr 30 watt combo loaded with a pair of Jensen 10-inch speakers. This all-valve design features four inputs (two normal and two vibrato) with nine controls on a sloped, brown-faced panel. The unit is finished in brown Tolex with a brown front grille. Dr MIchAEl WOODrUFF carries out the first successful kidney transplant in the UK; Dr. Marten’s AirWair 1460 boots are sold for the first time; Domino’s Pizza is founded; Cassius Clay wins his first professional boxing match; Fairy washing-up liquid and black plastic bin bags are introduced; Prince Andrew is born. hArMOny cOnTInUES ITS rUn OF rOy SMEcK models with the H57, a single-pickup version of their H58 guitar. This sunburst electric archtop features a thin (70mm) auditorium sized maple body with a solid spruce top, truss rod neck and a Gibson P13 pickup (two on the Blonde H58). Harmony bought all the remaining stock of P13s after Gibson introduced their P90 units and used them continuously until the stock ran out. ElVIS prESlEy IS DISchArGED from the US Army and records Are You Lonesome Tonight; Édith Piaf releases Non, Je Ne Regret Rien; and Bo Diddley releases his third studio album, Have Guitar Will Travel, which features his famous rectangular bodied Gretsch guitar on the cover. ThE SpAcE rAcE hots up as America launches Transit I-b for navigation and the first weather satellite TIROS-1, while the Soviet Union launches Sputnik 5 with two dogs (Belka and Strelka) on board plus several mice and rats. All animals are recovered safely on its return to Earth the next day. Jodrell Bank Observatory achieves a new record when it contacts Pioneer 5 some 407,000 miles away! A nEW 13-pArT (!) DrAMA series called Coronation Street begins on ITV; Merryman wins the Grand National on the programme’s TV debut; Princess Margaret marries Antony ArmstrongJones at Westminster Abbey for the first televised royal wedding; television begins broadcasting in New Zealand; and the iconic photograph of Che Guevara is taken by Alberto Korda. GIBSOn EXpAnDS ITS lInE with the Melody Maker-D available as a single or doublecut in Golden Sunburst. The body and neck are mahogany with a small headstock and a rosewood fingerboard adorned with simple pearl dot inlays. It has a wrapover stop tailpiece, a large black scratchplate and a choice of one or two single-coil pickups. The single-pickup option positions the unit towards the bridge with an appropriately modified scratchplate.