That Was The Year... 1932

D’an­gelico, Deco And De­pres­sion

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

GIB­SON LAUNCHES THE L-50

– an early dread­nought-shaped arched spruce top with a bound body and maple back and sides. It’s man­u­fac­tured with a reg­u­lar sound­hole and pearl dot in­lays in the ebony fin­ger­board but soon the body evolves into a reg­u­lar dread­nought shape with f-holes and trape­zoid shaped in­lays. All are fin­ished in dark ma­hogany sun­burst with the scratch­plate glued to the arched sur­face.

THE RA­DIO CITY MU­SIC HALL

(in all its Art Deco glory) is opened in New York al­low­ing the pub­lic to see high-qual­ity en­ter­tain­ment in beau­ti­ful sur­round­ings. Best-sell­ing records in­clude All Of Me by Louis Arm­strong and (ap­pro­pri­ate for the time) Brother Can You Spare A Dime by Bing Crosby. Buck Rogers of the 25th Cen­tury makes its de­but on US Ra­dio and in the UK the BBC be­gins a reg­u­lar tele­vi­sion ser­vice us­ing the John Lo­gie Baird sys­tem.

THE GREAT DE­PRES­SION IS AT ITS HEIGHT

and af­fect­ing the whole world. In the UK un­em­ploy­ment reaches nearly three mil­lion and a se­ries of Na­tional Hunger Marches take place. The largest is in­ter­cepted by a 70,000 strong Po­lice pres­ence to dis­perse the de­mon­stra­tors. Soup kitchens be­come a way of life and 200,000 un­em­ployed men are sent to work camps. In the USA 13 mil­lion are un­em­ployed and shanty towns (termed Hoovervilles in dis­re­spect to Pres­i­dent Her­bert Hoover) ap­pear around the coun­try. Amer­i­can loans to Ger­many to help re­build their econ­omy are ter­mi­nated.

NEWLY BORNS IN­CLUDE LIT­TLE RICHARD,

Pe­tula Clark, Johnny Cash, Deb­bie Reynolds, Char­lie Rich, Patsy Cline, Tiny Tim, Miriam Makeba, Loretta Lynn, Keely Smith, com­poser John Wil­liams and Star Trek’s Lt Uhura, Nichelle Ni­chols.

SYD­NEY HAR­BOUR BRIDGE

opens in Aus­tralia; Amelia Earhart be­comes the first woman to fly solo across the At­lantic Ocean; Al Capone is con­victed for Tax Eva­sion; and Ma­hatma Gandhi is ar­rested and in­terned. Months later he goes on hunger strike in protest against Bri­tain’s new Caste Sep­a­ra­tion Laws.

MARTIN IN­TRO­DUCES THE TOP OF THE

range C-3 acous­tic with a carved spruce top, two-stripe bound body and rosette plus rose­wood back and sides, in a lac­quered fin­ish. It has a bound head­stock and neck with an ebony fin­ger­board fea­tur­ing pearl snowflake in­lay. The bridge is also ebony and the tail­piece and in­di­vid­ual tuners are gold plated.

LUTHIER JOHN D’AN­GELICO BE­GINS

mak­ing and sell­ing classy look­ing (and sound­ing) arch­top gui­tars with a very high qual­ity of man­u­fac­ture. De­signed in the im­age of Gib­son’s L-5 model, D’An­gelico uses a uniquely shaped scratch­plate, fine curv­ing at the body end of the fin­ger­board, mother-of-pearl block in­lays and a more sub­stan­tial trapeze tail­piece. All met­al­work is gold plated and the guitar is fully bound with the ex­cep­tion of the two f-holes. It’s a real eye-catcher.

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