That Was The Year... 1953

Eyes, com­mu­nists Cat’s Grail and the Holy

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

HOFNER IS WORK­ING ON ITS

462/S acous­tic arch­top, af­fec­tion­ately known as the ‘Cat’s-Eye’ model due to its el­lip­ti­cal sound­holes. This sin­gle-cut­away, fully bound beauty fea­tures a strik­ing flamed maple body, se­lected cedar top, split trapeze tail­piece plus a pearloid scratch­plate and two-tone head­stock face.

THE CORONATION OF QUEEN EL­IZ­A­BETH II

at West­min­ster Abbey sparks a buy­ing frenzy on tele­vi­sion sets and it‘s es­ti­mated that a quar­ter of Bri­tish house­holds are now in pos­ses­sion of one. The BBC airs the first edi­tion of Panorama, a still-go­ing cur­rent af­fairs pro­gramme, along with va­ri­ety show The Good Old Days and sci-fi thriller The Qu­ater­mass Ex­per­i­ment.

BILL HA­LEY GIVES THE FIRST PER­FOR­MANCE

of Rock Around The Clock in Amer­ica and rock and roll is born. We take a while to catch on – when the Queen was crowned, Frankie Laine’s I Be­lieve was num­ber one in the charts. Dizzy Gille­spie’s trum­pet’s bell was ac­ci­den­tally bent up­wards at Snookie’s in Man­hat­tan, but he liked the sound so much that he had a spe­cial trum­pet made with a raised bell. It be­comes his trade­mark.

POP­PING INTO EX­IS­TENCE ARE

Tom Petty, Midge Ure, Andy Par­tridge, Ian Bairn­son (Alan Par­sons Project), Mal­colm Young, Mike Old­field, Chaka Khan, Mer­rill Os­mond, Alex Life­son, Cyndi Lau­per, Geddy Lee, Robert Cray, Pat Be­natar, Kevin Row­lands (Dexy’s), Lucinda Wil­liams and Michael Bolton. Step­ping out are Django Rein­hardt and Hank Wil­liams.

AMER­ICA’S FEAR OF THE COM­MU­NIST THREAT

is height­ened as Moscow an­nounces the suc­cess­ful ex­plo­sion of an RDS-6 hy­dro­gen bomb. Al­leged com­mu­nist Char­lie Chap­lin leaves Amer­ica; and the armistice is signed by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the United Na­tions, Korea and China fi­nally bring­ing the three-year long Korean War to an end.

MORE THAN 1,800 PEO­PLE LOSE THEIR

lives as a pow­er­ful storm breaches sea dikes in the Nether­lands. It rages upon Eng­land’s east coast too, caus­ing mass­ing flood­ing and a loss of over 300 lives. Our new Queen ex­ten­sively tours the stricken ar­eas lend­ing sup­port to the sur­vivors and help­ing to boost morale.

GUILD GUI­TARS BE­GINS PRO­DUC­TION AT

its new premises in Pearl Street, New York. Dur­ing this first year of pro­duc­tion the com­pany con­cen­trates on full-depth hol­low­body elec­tric gui­tars re­flect­ing Al Dronge’s pas­sion for jazz! Mean­while, Gib­son deems it’s time to pull the plug on its ES-300 model.

IN­AD­VER­TENTLY FENDER PRO­DUCES WHAT

be­comes the most sought-af­ter Tele­caster in years to come. A 1953 ‘black­guard’ Tele is Holy Grail to col­lec­tors. The en­su­ing three years in which to per­fect the model added up to this ex­cep­tional Tele­caster. Even then it had a list price of $189.50.

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