That was The Year...
are admitted into the union to become the 49th and 50th states respectively. TV audiences delight to episodes of The Twilight Zone, rawhide and Bonanza (the first ever weekly TV show to be broadcast in colour), Barbie Dolls appear in the toy shops and Boeing puts its 707 airliner into service. production of its Combo 600 and 800 guitars. These single and doublepickup models are struggling against the popular fender and Gibson products in spite of the recent 800 upgrade to a single horseshoe treble pickup and a bar pickup at the neck. The current catalogue shows both models with a ‘cresting wave’ body but none have actually been built. (hank, Bruce, Jet and Tony) play their first performance together at Manchester’s free Trade hall and Cliff had his first number one record with living Doll. richie Sambora, Brian Setzer, Bryan adams, Morrissey and Susanna hoffs are born but Buddy holly, ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper are lost when their plane goes down in a snowstorm over iowa. range of Brownface amplifiers. The 40-watt Concert combo is loaded with four 10-inch Jensen speakers and along with the brown control panel the unit is covered in a pinkish brown Tolex with a light brown (wheat) grille. it has an all-valve, two-channel amplifier plus vibrato and the earliest models from the production line have a centre placed volume control; however this soon shifts to the left of the array. Jury premiere on BBC Television; house prices reach an average of £2,400; and the cost of a family car like the austin 7 is £500 more that a fifth of the price of a house; direct dial payphones are introduced; and Southend Pier Pavilion is destroyed by fire. the Chinese suppress an uprising in Tibet causing the Dalai lama and tens of thousands of Tibetans to seek refuge in india; the St lawrence Seaway is finally completed and opened, linking the Great lakes to the ocean; and the Soviet union successfully send their luna 2 spacecraft crashing into the moon to become the first man-made object to reach the surface. with a centre-mounted P90 single-coil pickup for unique tonal qualities. it has twin f-holes on a thinline, arched hollow maple body with a mahogany neck all bound at the edges. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard sports pearl dot inlays and the guitar has a tune-o-matic bridge, a trapeze tailpiece and a floating scratchplate. it’s offered in
cherry, natural or sunburst finishes.
Gibson eS-330T Guitar We start with a slow acoustic guitar-infused jam in A minor. A minor Pentatonic (A-C-D-E-G) works throughout the track. In terms of seven-note scales, I’d use A Natural minor (A-B-C-D-E-F-G) for the ‘verse’ sections and A Dorian mode (A-B-C-D-E-F#-G) for the ‘chorus’ sections (where the chord sequence goes: C-D-Am). Here we have a fun, acid-jazz style funk track. Harmonically speaking there are two sections. The main section is based on an E7#9 (aka the ‘Hendrix’ chord) and the B section is an A9 (IV9). E minor Pentatonic (E-G-A-B-D) works great throughout. To get more jazzy colours, use the E Half-whole tone scale (E-F-G-G#-A#-B-C#-D) on E7#9 and A Mixolydian mode (A-B-C#-D-E-F#-G) on A9. Essentially, this is a simple minor blues progression, but with a reggae feel to it. Use A minor Pentatonic scale (A-C-D-E-G), A minor Blues (A-C-D-D#-E-G) or A Natural minor; (A-B-C-D-E-F-G). Knowing the 7th arpeggios will also come in handy. They are: Am7 (A-C-E-G); Dm7 (D-F-A-C) and Em7 (E-G-B-D). Here’s a fun odd-metre curveball – a groovy G minor blues in 3/4. For
(G-A-BbC-D-E-F) soloing, G Dorian mode works throughout. As
(G-Bb-Cdoes G minor Pentatonic D-F). You can also find some cool colours playing around with the
(G-Bb-D-F), 7th arpeggios: Gm7 C7 (C-E-G-Bb)
and Dm7 (D-F-A-C). Happy jamming! a recently-discovered David Mead interview with the great man, and Neville chats to Gary’s long-time assistant Graham Lilley about life with Gary and his gear, and the forthcoming sale of guitars, amps, pedals and more. Don’t miss Guitarist issue 403 – out now!