That Was The Year... 1979 Chet, Michael and Dean

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

ALONG WITH OPEN­ING ITS CUS­TOM

shop di­vi­sion Martin pro­duces solid-body elec­tric gui­tars! the e-18 and eM-18 are al­most iden­ti­cal with the e-18 hav­ing two cov­ered DiMarzio hum­buck­ers while the eM-18 has ex­posed coils and tweaked wiring. the body is a nine sec­tion multi-lam­i­nate of walnut, maple and rose­wood with a nat­u­ral fin­ish. the rose­wood fret­board has sim­ple pearl dot in­lays but the head­stock has a rose­wood ve­neer.

1979 IS DE­CLARED AS THE IN­TER­NA­TIONAL

year of the child; sony in­tro­duces the Walk­man; the vil­lage peo­ple’s YMCA tops the Uk charts sell­ing over 150,000 copies a day; Queen are singing Don’t stop Me now and Michael Jack­son re­leases off the Wall, his fifth stu­dio al­bum, fol­low­ing his theatri­cal per­for­mance in the Wiz. Af­ter a suc­cess­ful run on ra­dio 4 Dou­glas Adams’ first book of the Hitch­hiker’s guide to the galaxy se­ries is pub­lished.

FOL­LOW­ING THE DEATH OF FRED GRETSCH JR

Chet Atkins with­draws his long­stand­ing en­dorse­ment of gretsch gui­tars due to what he feels is a gen­eral de­cline in build qual­ity and par­ent com­pany Bald­win’s un­will­ing­ness to pur­sue his idea of a ny­lon­stringed elec­tric gui­tar. ear­lier in the 70s, the fac­tory suf­fered se­ri­ous prob­lems fol­low­ing a ma­jor fire and gretsch pro­duc­tion would cease in 1981 as a re­sult. gib­son went on to make Chet’s ny­lon-string elec­tric.

AS PLUTO CON­TIN­UES ITS OFF-SET OR­BIT

and moves closer to the sun, for a while nep­tune has be­come the out­er­most planet in the so­lar sys­tem. voy­ager I passes Jupiter and pi­o­neer II ap­proaches saturn. NASA’s sky­lab be­gins its re­turn to earth, af­ter be­ing in or­bit for over six years.

UN­DER THE GOOSE­BERRY BUSH WE FIND

Will Young, so­phie el­lis-Bex­tor, pete Do­herty, Jamie Cul­lum, Adam levine (Ma­roon 5), Daniel Bed­ing­field, si­mon neil (Biffy Clyro), pink and no­rah Jones. sadly, re­turn­ing to the soil are sid vi­cious, low­ell ge­orge (lit­tle Feat), Jimmy McCul­loch of Wings and thun­der­clap new­man, Donny Hath­away, gra­cie Fields and bassist Charles Min­gus.

FANS ARE DE­LIGHTED AS STAR TREK:

the Mo­tion pic­ture is fi­nally re­leased. More sci-fi with Alien, an­other huge box of­fice hit, and pro­duc­tion be­gins on the em­pire strikes Back and raiders of the lost Ark.

DEAN GUI­TARS IN­TRO­DUCES THE

Cadil­lac six-string with a dis­tinc­tive sloped top cut­away and an ex­tended lower body horn. Both the bound body and neck are ma­hogany and the ebony fin­ger­board sports 22 frets and pearl block in­lays. the three hum­buck­ing pick­ups are se­lected by a three­way switch but with just a pair of tone and vol­ume con­trols. It has a tune-o-Matic bridge, stop tail­piece and three-a-side tuners on the black­faced head­stock. All hard­ware is gold plated in­clud­ing the pickup cov­ers.

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