That Was The Year... 1970 Al­li­ga­tors, Rocs and Jum­bos

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

GRETSCH EX­PANDS ITS ROC JET

range of gui­tars with the 7610 fea­tur­ing an arched, bound ma­hogany body and Floren­tine cut­away. The ma­hogany neck has a bound rose­wood fret­board, 22 frets and pearloid thumb­nail in­lays. The two ex­posed pick­ups have chrome sur­rounds, in­di­vid­ual vol­ume and tone con­trols plus the usual Gretsch mas­ter vol­ume on the cut­away bout plus a three-way selec­tor switch.

THE NU­CLEAR NON-PRO­LIF­ER­A­TION

Treaty is rat­i­fied by the United Na­tions and comes into ef­fect. Its aim is to pre­vent the fur­ther spread of nu­clear weapons around the world, work to­wards dis­ar­ma­ment and co­op­er­ate for the safe de­vel­op­ment of nu­clear en­ergy. The Boe­ing 747 Jumbo Jet makes its first com­mer­cial pas­sen­ger flight to Lon­don for Pan-Am car­ry­ing 332 pas­sen­gers and 18 crew. Con­corde makes its first su­per­sonic flight and Ed­ward Heath be­comes Prime Min­is­ter.

GRA­HAM NASH GIVES JERRY GAR­CIA A

Fender Strat made up of com­po­nents from dif­fer­ent years. Jerry hands it over to the Alem­bic en­gi­neers to al­ter it dra­mat­i­cally. The tremolo cav­ity is filled, brass hard­ware is added plus a host of elec­tron­ics to change the sound. With stickers on the body and a new tail­piece the re­sult is the Al­li­ga­tor, a gui­tar that would con­tinue to morph.

JA­PAN JOINS THE SOVIET UNION

the United States and France to be­come the fourth space power fol­low­ing the launch of its first satel­lite Ōsumi. The Apollo 13 crew calmly an­nounces to Cap­Com: “Hous­ton, we have a prob­lem,” af­ter one of their main oxy­gen tanks ex­plodes on the way to the Moon, but against all the odds the crew re­turn safely to Earth. The Soviet Union’s Ven­era 7 space­craft suc­cess­fully lands on the sur­face of Venus and trans­mits in­for­ma­tion for about 23 min­utes.

ERIC CLAP­TON BE­GINS HIS SOLO CA­REER,

The Bea­tles dis­band and Paul McCart­ney re­leases his first solo al­bum aptly ti­tled McCart­ney. Jethro Tull, the Doors and Jimi Hen­drix play the Isle of Wight Fes­ti­val but sadly Jimi dies from chok­ing in his sleep later in the year. New fruits from the tree of life in­clude Ja­son Or­ange, John Fr­us­ciante, Sharon Corr, Mariah Carey and Aled Jones.

JA­PANESE MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS ARE COPY­ING

Amer­i­can gui­tars and one of the first is the Emperador made by the Ka­suga Com­pany. While ob­vi­ously in­flu­enced by Gib­son’s SG gui­tar the body sur­face con­tour­ing is much more dra­matic. In­ter­est­ingly, the hard­ware and elec­tron­ics are pre­dom­i­nantly Guy­a­tone man­u­fac­ture as that com­pany is strug­gling to sur­vive, but the build qual­ity is good and the al­nico pick­ups are force­ful with a great sound. The Emperador name was sug­gested by the Cana­dian im­porter where the gui­tars are prov­ing very pop­u­lar.

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