That Was The Year... 1991

Astro­nauts, Airstrikes and Ac­ci­dents

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

CHARVEL RE­LEASES THE ST CUS­TOM, another Strat clone with a mod­ern touch with su­per slim neck, cherry sun­burst body, black hard­ware and a white pearloid scratch­plate mak­ing this in­stantly eye-catch­ing. Although equipped with just vol­ume and tone con­trols it of­fers mul­ti­ple sound op­tions from the three pick­ups by way of the reg­u­lar five-way pickup se­lec­tor plus a three-way mini-tog­gle so all pick­ups can op­er­ate to­gether as well as out of phase.

BRI­TAIN IS HIT BY GALE FORCE WINDS and 27 peo­ple die as a re­sult; the M40 mo­tor­way is fi­nally com­pleted pro­vid­ing a di­rect link through Ox­ford­shire to Lon­don; the gov­ern­ment in­tro­duces Tax-Ex­empt Spe­cial Sav­ings Ac­counts to pro­mote per­sonal sav­ings; and He­len Shar­man be­comes the first Bri­tish as­tro­naut in space as part of the crew of the Soyuz TM-12 mis­sion.

AL­LIED AIR­CRAFT BE­GIN BOMB­ING RAIDS on Iraq as the Gulf War be­gins. The strikes con­tinue un­til a ceasefire is agreed thus halt­ing the ad­vance on Bagh­dad. Fol­low­ing the in­quest into the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter of 1989 a ver­dict of ac­ci­den­tal death on the 95 peo­ple who died is reached, much to the dis­may of the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies. Miss Saigon opens on Broad­way.

RE­LIN­QUISH­ING THE MOR­TAL COIL are Fred­die Mer­cury, Steve Mar­riott, Steve Clark (Def Lep­pard), Miles Davis, Serge Gains­bourg, com­poser Doc Po­mus and leg­endary guitar builder Leo Fen­der. Mean­while Leo’s for­mer com­pany launches the Yng­wie Malm­steen Stan­dard Stra­to­caster, the Jeff Beck Strat and the set-neck Tele­caster. Rick­en­backer cel­e­brates the 60th an­niver­sary of its elec­tric guitar pro­duc­tion with the 650A At­lantis guitar and the Chris Squire Sig­na­ture 4001 bass.

AF­TER THE BUY BACK OF GRETSCH from Bald­win, pro­duc­tion has fi­nally got into full swing with gui­tars ar­riv­ing in the UK at last. So what bet­ter way to start than with the 6128 Duo Jet and the 6131 Fire­bird. Iden­ti­cal in spec the red body sur­face of the Fire­bird has gold hard­ware and scratch­plate while the Duo Jet sports chrome plat­ing. They both look splen­did and, although now man­u­fac­tured in Ja­pan, they still re­tain the mag­nif­i­cence and feel of the orig­i­nals if not to­tally ac­cu­rate reis­sues. It’s good to know that the com­pany is firmly back in the fam­ily.

oNe oF The moST UN­USUal gUiTar de­SigNS ever comes from Steve Klein with a rad­i­cal body shape and a head­less neck. Fin­ished in Black or White the bass­wood body is con­ceived with com­fort in mind for both stand­ing and sit­ting; the neck has a smooth phe­no­lic fin­ger­board and 24 frets. The three pick­ups are by EMG, two SA Hot Strat sin­gle coils and an 85 hum­bucker with coil-split­ting abil­i­ties. The hard­ware is all Stein­berger

and it’s avail­able with stan­dard

trem or Trans-Trem, which al­lows you to set the tun­ing – so if you play a chord and de­press the arm the notes shift to­gether in par­al­lel.

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