That was The Year... 1988 Twins at last, and Red Nose Day and un­em­ploy­ment down

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

G&L DE­CIDES TO PULL THE PLUG

on its In­vader gui­tars. This off­set dou­ble-cut­away model is loaded with a hum­buck­ing pickup in the bridge po­si­tion and two sin­gle-coils. Each pickup has its own mi­cro switch and there are mas­ter vol­ume and tone con­trols. But sales are be­low par and sadly it has to go.

PRIME MIN­IS­TER MAR­GARET THATCHER

an­nounces a £3 billion re­gen­er­a­tion scheme to im­prove in­ner-city ar­eas. She be­comes the long­est serv­ing Bri­tish prime min­is­ter of the 20th cen­tury, hav­ing served for well over eight years! Un­em­ploy­ment is also at its low­est level for al­most eight years. David Steel de­cides not to stand for the lead­er­ship of the new So­cial and Lib­eral Demo­cratic Party but Arthur Scargill’s nar­row ma­jor­ity means he is re-elected as leader of the Na­tional Union of Minework­ers.

BRI­TISH COM­PANY PETER­SON PRO­DUCES

an am­pli­fier to ri­val those built in the States! The Gui­tar Spe­cial 100 is an amaz­ing piece of com­pact elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer­ing and is ob­vi­ously com­pet­ing against the mighty Mesa Boo­gie com­bos. From the front it’s pretty con­ven­tional but turn it around and you get the full im­pact of what’s on of­fer. The two chan­nels work in­de­pen­dently or you can mix them to­gether with the aide of a footswitch. The Elec­tro-Voice speaker is rated at 600 watts so it’s not sur­pris­ing that this is one of the loud­est qual­ity com­bos ever made!

THOU­SANDS OF NURSES AND CO-WORK­ERS

form picket lines out­side Bri­tish hos­pi­tals as they strike for higher pay and more fund­ing for the Na­tional Health Ser­vice. In re­sponse the gov­ern­ment an­nounces a 15% pay rise for nurses at a cost of £794 mil­lion to be funded by the Trea­sury. Ac­tor Rowan Atkin­son launches the Comic Re­lief char­ity ap­peal and the sub­se­quent BBC Red Nose Day raises £15 mil­lion. The £1 note ceases to be le­gal ten­der, the av­er­age price of a house in Bri­tain reaches £60,000.

AFTER WIN­NING THE EURO­PEAN CAR OF THE

Year award Peu­geot’s 405 sa­loon goes on sale in Bri­tain, Vaux­hall re­leases the third gen­er­a­tion of its Cava­lier hatch­back but the Ford Es­cort is de­clared Bri­tain’s best sell­ing car for the sixth year in a row.

THE FIRST DE­LIV­ERY OF FEN­DER’S

‘The Twin’ am­pli­fiers, re­leased in the States last year, fi­nally reaches Bri­tish shores and this twist on an old clas­sic de­sign is wel­comed. The fea­tured red knobs on the front panel give it a strik­ingly dif­fer­ent ap­pear­ance al­though stan­dard black knobs will soon re­turn. Cu­ri­ously all four in­put sock­ets are lo­cated be­tween the con­trols of the two chan­nels but it’s also one of the first Fen­der amps to of­fer an out­put drop switch from 100 down to 25 watts.

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