That Was The Year...

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

af­TER Two yEaRS aS aN op­TioNal EX­TRa

Martin makes the pick­guard a stan­dard fea­ture on its pop­u­lar 000-28 acous­tic. The guitar fea­tures a solid spruce top, rosewood back and sides and a cedar neck. The fret­board and bridge are ebony and the string pins fea­ture a black dot in the mid­dle. The sound hole has a five-stripe rosette and the body is bound in ivory with her­ring­bone pur­fling. The tuners are brass with ivory but­tons.

the first reg­u­lar do­mes­tic air­mail ser­vice be­tween Kirk­wall and In­ver­ness; the Royal Air Force adds 41 squadrons to its air de­fence pro­gramme; the MacRobert­son Air Race takes place from Lon­don to Mel­bourne and high over Brook­lands Aero­drome, 54-year-old grand­mother Mrs G E Aling­ton sky­dives from 1500 feet to be­come the first woman in Bri­tain to com­plete a para­chute jump.

Otis Rush, Leonard Co­hen, Del Shan­non, Frankie Valli, Pat Boone, Hal and Her­bie Kalin (The Kalin Twins), Ron­nie Drew (The Dublin­ers), Shirley Jones, Earl King, Robert Moog (syn­the­siser in­ven­tor) and Brian Ep­stein (The Bea­tles’ man­ager). Sadly ven­tur­ing way be­yond the plan­ets are com­posers Gus­tav Holst, Ed­ward El­gar and Fred­er­ick Delius.

of the Loch Ness Mon­ster is even­tu­ally ex­posed as a hoax; Colonel Blimp by car­toon­ist David Low de­buts in the Lon­don Evening Stan­dard; Mec­cano Ltd in­tro­duces Dinky Toys; ‘cat’s eyes’ ap­pear on Bri­tish roads; the Queensway Tun­nel be­neath the River Mersey is opened by King Ge­orge V; and the Bri­tish Em­pire Games are held in Lon­don.

arch­top with a carved spruce top, bound f-holes and carved maple back and sides. The fig­ured maple neck has a bound ebony fin­ger­board and split block pearl in­lays. The rosewood bridge is ad­justable and has pearl tri­an­gle in­lays, the trapeze tail­piece and en­graved tuners are gold plated and the scratch­plate is multi-bound tor­toise­shell. This top-of-the-range model is avail­able in Brown Sun­burst or Nat­u­ral fin­ishes. It’s an ex­pen­sive in­stru­ment but beats off ris­ing com­pe­ti­tion from other man­u­fac­tur­ers.

from the De­pres­sion; Adolf Hitler be­comes Führer (head of state) of Ger­many; the RMS Queen Mary liner is launched at Cly­de­bank; Stan­ley Matthews makes his de­but for Eng­land’s na­tional football team; and the mar­riage of Prince Ge­orge, Duke of Kent to Princess Ma­rina of Greece and Den­mark is the first royal wed­ding to be broad­cast live on ra­dio with many lis­ten­ing to it on the new round Bake­lite ra­dio cab­i­nets pro­duced by EKCO.

in­clude the Ro-Pat-In com­pany’s‘Fry­ing Pan’lap steel elec­tric guitar, Do­bro and Na­tional Res­onator Mod­els and Selmer acous­tic gui­tars de­signed and built by John D’An­gelico and Mario Mac­ca­ferri. The Ro-Pat-In Com­pany will be­come known as Rick­en­backer and the Fry­ing Pan is the be­gin­ning of the fully elec­tric guitar.

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