That Was The Year... 1986

Lib­erty, Hal­ley, Duffy And shorty

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

WITH MANY OF ITs GUI­TARs

now be­ing man­u­fac­tured out­side the UsA, Fender of­fi­cially de­vel­ops the Amer­i­can stan­dard stra­to­caster as the all-Amer­i­can built model. Although the main deal­ers are fully aware of the strat­egy the gui­tar it­self (in all its vin­tage look­ing glory) will not be un­veiled to the pub­lic un­til the Jan­uary 1987 NAMM trade show.

HAL­LEY’s COMET RE­TURNs

and reaches its clos­est ap­proach to sun (Per­i­he­lion) and also makes its clos­est ap­proach to Earth. in hot pur­suit are three probes, the UssR’s Vega 1 probe and Ja­pan’s su­i­sei and saki­gake. soyuz T-15 trans­ports two cos­mo­nauts to the newly launched soviet space sta­tion, Mir. The space shut­tle chal­lenger trag­i­cally ex­plodes soon af­ter take off.

IN­TER­NA­TIONAL PEACE YEAR BE­GINs

The Pope and Mother Teresa meet in cal­cutta; spain and Por­tu­gal join the Euro­pean Eco­nomic com­mu­nity,;ac­tor clint East­wood is elected as mayor of carmel in cal­i­for­nia; a gal­lon of petrol costs £1.89; the GcE ‘O’ level and csE ex­ams are re­place by the new GcsE course.

TAKAMINE IN­TRO­DUCEs ITs

‘Natural’ se­ries start­ing with the EN-10 dread­nought model with a solid cedar top and ma­hogany back, sides and neck. Along with an un­adorned rose­wood fin­ger­board and bridge it fea­tures a crys­tal pickup fit­ted be­neath the bridge and a three-band EQ mounted on the up­per body edge.

THE sTATUE OF LIB­ERTY Is RE­OPENED

by Nancy Rea­gan af­ter be­ing fully re­fur­bished; two days later the a soviet TV news pro­gramme an­nounces a nu­clear ac­ci­dent at ch­er­nobyl power sta­tion; Bri­tish Gas is floated on the stock Ex­change and the bank of Eng­land de­clares the year end in­ter­est rate at 10.8%.

ENG­LAND Is KNOCKED OUT OF

the World cup by Argentina and Maradona’s ‘hand of God’ in­ci­dent; the big­gest turn­around in TV his­tory sees Bobby Ewing (Pa­trick Duffy) re­turn­ing from the dead on Dal­las; Dis­ney­land opens its liv­ing seas at­trac­tion; and video­tapes are re­leased show­ing the sunken wreck of the Ti­tanic.

QUEEN’s MAGIC TOUR BE­COMEs

their most suc­cess­ful to date but sadly it will be their last with the orig­i­nal mem­bers; Jerry Gar­cia (Grate­ful Dead) is re­leased from hos­pi­tal af­ter be­ing in a coma for three weeks; Rock Me Amadeus by Falco and chicken song by spit­ting im­age both reach No 1 on the Uk pop chart in con­sec­u­tive weeks ;and Gef­fen Records signs Guns N’ Roses to the la­bel.

HOFNER Is NO LONGER THINK­ING

small as it phases out both the 180 and the 181 shorty gui­tars. in­tro­duced in 1980 th­ese full-scale ‘travel gui­tars’ had tiny bod­ies and were of­fered in a range of fin­ishes and fea­tur­ing a cool shadow hum­buck­ing pickup. Amaz­ingly, in spite of its diminu­tive pro­por­tions the 181 shorty su­per even had a built-in amp and speaker!

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