That Was The Year... 1940

Al­nico, Cel­lu­loid And Plated Bronze

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

MARTIN FI­NALLY IN­TRO­DUCES

the 0-15 acous­tic, five years af­ter the orig­i­nal pro­to­types were made. it’s an af­ford­able, less glossy gui­tar sell­ing for just $25. it’s a nicely pro­por­tioned 14-fret in­stru­ment with sim­pler iv­o­roid dots on the fin­ger­board plus white plas­tic tuner but­tons and an­chor pins. The ma­hogany body and neck are un­bound and the fret­board and bridge are rose­wood. both the scratch­plate and the un­usual head­stock over­lay are made of tor­toise­shell cel­lu­loid.

WAR­TIME BABY BOOM SEES THE AR­RIVAL OF

ricky Nel­son, Cliff richard, Tom Jones, David gates, John Len­non, Johnny Nash, billy Fury, Tony sheri­dan, Jonathan Cook, ringo starr, roberta Flack, smokey robin­son, adam Faith, al Jar­reau, gene Pit­ney, Dionne Warwick, Fred­die gar­rity, Frank Zappa, Nancy si­na­tra, Tim hardin, bruce Chan­nel, Dr John, Percy sledge, her­bie han­cock, Joe south, Joey Dee, and bobby hat­field and bill Med­ley of The right­eous brothers.

BIG YEAR FOR WALT DIS­NEY STU­DIOS

with the re­lease of their sec­ond full-length an­i­mated film, Pinoc­chio as well as Fan­ta­sia which fea­tures vi­su­al­i­sa­tions of pop­u­lar clas­si­cal pieces con­ducted by Leopold stokowski. bill­board mag­a­zine pub­lishes its first Mu­sic Pop­u­lar­ity Chart; Doris Day joins Les brown’s band at just 16 years of age; and the first Cap­tain amer­ica comic book is pub­lished in the us.

HAR­MONY RE­LEASES THE SILVERTONE

Pa­tri­cian, an acous­tic arch­top gui­tar with a deep, rich tone and a great play­ing ac­tion. The top fea­tures ma­hogany or nat­u­ral spruce with a broad cen­tral panel of con­trast­ing wood with a pol­ished nat­u­ral fin­ish, bound edges and block de­sign mar­quetry. all met­al­work is plated bronze and there is a float­ing tor­toise­shell scratch­plate. The hand-shaped ma­hogany neck is steel re­in­forced and fit­ted with in­di­vid­ual Tuner­ite keys. how­ever the mod­els with a maple stripe in the cen­tre of the rose­wood fin­ger­board make the rec­tan­gu­lar in­lays rather hard to dis­tin­guish.

BLITZKRIEG AS SEV­ERAL CITIES ARE

bom­barded in the UK. as well as 57 con­sec­u­tive nights on Lon­don, other tar­gets in­clude Cardiff, birm­ing­ham, Coven­try, southampton, bris­tol, sh­effield, Liver­pool and Manch­ester. bri­tain re­tal­i­ates, hit­ting ber­lin for the first time. Three ocean lin­ers are put into ser­vice as troop car­ri­ers: The Mau­ri­ta­nia, The Queen Mary and The Queen el­iz­a­beth.

WAL­TER FULLER OF GIB­SON IN­TRO­DUCES

a new pickup us­ing al­nico mag­nets. it’s a 6 3/4 inch long P90 with ad­justable pole pieces and is set at an acute an­gle stretch­ing be­tween the neck and bridge. Fit­ted into a gib­son es300 gui­tar it’s de­signed to of­fer a full tonal range that’s as close as pos­si­ble to an acous­tic gui­tar. how­ever their new es100 and es150 gui­tars are fit­ted with more

conventional sized ver­sion of the P90 po­si­tioned ini­tially near the bridge for a bet­ter ‘lead’ tone.

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