That Was The Year... 1969 Way­far­ers, Rebels And Out­worlders

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

AF­TER A SIX-YEAR PRO­DUC­TION RUN

Guild pulls the plug on its Duane Eddy 400 model. This sin­gle-cut­away arch­top is loaded with two cov­ered hum­buck­ers with in­di­vid­ual vol­ume and tone con­trols, a mix con­trol and a three-way se­lec­tor switch. It has an ad­justable metal bridge, a Guild style Bigsby vi­brato and a black stepped scratch­plate with the Duane Eddy sig­na­ture and Guild Star logo. Pre­dom­i­nantly maple, the gui­tar has a ma­hogany neck, rose­wood fin­ger­board and peal block in­lays.

THE BEA­TLES PER­FORM ON THE ROOFTOP

of Ap­ple Records in Lon­don, their last ever pub­lic per­for­mance. New bands emerg­ing in­clude Yes, King Crim­son and Led Zep­pelin. Cream break up and re­lease their fi­nal al­bum, Good­bye, a mix­ture of live record­ings and three new stu­dio tracks. Jimi Hen­drix is the head­line act at the Wood­stock Fes­ti­val in the USA.

THE MCA COR­PO­RA­TION AN­NOUNCES THE

end of Dan­elec­tro gui­tars pro­duc­tion af­ter pur­chas­ing the com­pany in 1967. It’s a se­vere blow to the lovers of the dis­tinc­tive styling of th­ese in­stru­ments and bud­get prices, but as cat­a­logue sales have fallen (where most of their gui­tars are sold) it’s no longer seen as a vi­able con­cern. It marks the end of a re­mark­able era that started in 1954.

GRETSCH IN­TRO­DUCES THE WAY­FARER

Jumbo 6008 acous­tic gui­tar. In spite of the name it has dread­nought styling with a spruce top, red maple for the back, sides and neck and a rose­wood fret­board The round sound­hole is bound with three stripes and the lucite scratch­plate has a row of sail­boats en­graved into the sur­face. The head­stock is black faced and fea­tures a logo in­lay and Grover tuners. The gui­tar is avail­able as nat­u­ral fin­ish only.

THE PORSCHE 917 RAC­ING CAR

is pro­duced; the Boe­ing 747 and Con­corde have maiden flights; the Har­rier jump-jet takes to the air; the Queen opens the new Vic­to­ria Line of the Lon­don Un­der­ground; Apollo 11 lands on the moon; the Queen El­iz­a­beth II ocean liner starts her maiden voy­age; and BBC1 and ITV be­gin broad­cast­ing in colour.

STU­DENTS PROTEST AGAINST THE

clo­sure of the Lon­don School of Eco­nom­ics; Paul Mc­Cart­ney mar­ries Linda East­man and John Len­non mar­ries Yoko Ono. The Kray twins are sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment; Sikh bus­men in Wolver­hamp­ton win the right to wear tur­bans on duty and Swansea is given city sta­tus.

IT’S THE ERA OF HAR­MONY’S

Rebel gui­tars, the sin­gle pickup H81 and the H82 with twin DeAr­mond pick­ups. It’s a classy dual cut­away arch­top with a Rick­en­backer like out­line to the bound body that fea­tures a stylised f-hole. The pickup(s) are sup­ported by slider con­trols and switches mounted on the scratch­plate. There is an ad­justable bridge and a top-loaded vi­brato unit. The head­stock has a six-in-a-row tuner con­fig­u­ra­tion and the rose­wood board has white dot in­lays.

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