That Was The Year... 1960 Doc­tors, Depths and Drama

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

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.

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