That Was The Year... 2006 Trussart, Thames and Twitter
LAUNCH FOR THE JACKSON
Ke3 guitar with an explorer/destroyer styled alder body, a pointed headstock and a monster sound from the two seymour duncan pickups. to be precise there’s a tB-4 JB at the bridge and an sh-2 at the neck with just a three-way selector switch and a master volume control! the rosewood board features sharkfin inlays and there’s a Floyd Rose doublelocking vibrato unit. offered in a variety of colours including transparents, swirls and skulls.
PAUL McCARTNEY FINALLY REACHES 64
years of age having written When i’m sixty-Four many years ago. all saints, Genesis and take that get back together again; Paul Rodgers joins forces with Brian may and Roger taylor to work on an album together. sadly Buck owens, arthur Lee (Love), syd Barrett and Freddy Fender all play their final chords, while a new form of social media is launched under the name of twitter.
NASA IS EXCEPTIONALLY BUSY.
its stardust probe successfully returns to earth with dust from a comet; the mars Reconnaissance orbiter reaches its destination and as the Cassini–huygens spacecraft encounters saturn’s moon enceladus it discovers geysers of liquid shooting from the surface, which could indicate the presence of water. the new horizons spacecraft is sent on a nine-year journey to Pluto just as the international astronomical Union demotes Pluto to the status of ‘dwarf planet’.
THE MUCH-LOVED CLASSIC GUITAR SHAPES
have been ‘borrowed’ many times by various manufacturers over the years but never in such an unusual way as with the trussart holey Rusty steelcaster! essentially, it’s a tele-styled guitar with a steel body with mesh front and back. there’s a ‘gator’ engraving to the scratchplate and control plate and a heavily patterned inlay at the headstock. Curiously, with all this metal around, the Kluson tuners sport plastic buttons but it plays great and sounds superb.
HYSHOT III IS SUCCESSFULLY TESTED
at Woomera in south australia. it’s a scramjet engine that’s designed to create flying speeds up to seven times the speed of sound! the last chromosome sequence for the human Genome Project is published; the Qinghai-tibet Railway begins trial operations; the anglo-american post war loan from 1946 is finally paid off; a whale is seen swimming in the River thames; and Russia cuts the supply of natural gas to Ukraine following a dispute over the price.
THE DANELECTRO LONGHORN
guitar retains the company’s distinct small-bodied shape and recent hardware upgrades, which do nothing to distract the eye from this iconic instrument. the latest presentation features three danelectro Lipstick Case single-coil pickups, a five-way pickup selector plus mater volume and tone controls. Colour options include Blackburst and Beatnik Burgundy.