That Was The Year... 1967
Green Bay, Grand Mac Prix and Uncle
WORKING AT HENRI’S MUSIC SHOP
in Green Bay Wisconsin, Dan Helland develops one of the strangest solidbody guitar designs ever! He builds the La Baye 2x4 and as the name suggests the body was manufactured from a piece of two-by-four-inch wood. The body face is fitted with a pair of pickups, a Tune-o-Matic bridge and a surface mounted Bigsby vibrato unit. The controls are on the top edge. Very few were actually built and there was no definitive configuration. Championed later by rock band Devo a signature model is produced and distributed by Eastwood Guitars.
THE RMS QUEEN ELIZABETH 2 (THE QE2)
is launched at Clydebank by the Queen and just a week later the majestic RMS Queen Mary arrives in Southampton after her last commercial transatlantic crossing. Fortunately she is bought and is sailed to Long Beach in California as a tourist attraction.
THE MARINE OFFENCES ACT COMES INTO
action forcing the closure of the off-shore pirate radio stations. Many of their most famous DJs are employed by the BBC for their new-look radio structure that dispenses with the Light Programme and the Home Service and introduces Radio One, Two, Three and Four. BBC Radio Leicester becomes the first of many local radio stations to broadcast.
ITALIAN MANUFACTURER GALANTI
produces the Grand Prix guitar with an off-set body shape something like an edgy Fender Jaguar. Offered with two or three pickups the most striking aspect is the Art Deco influenced white angular scratchplate. Body and neck are mahogany and the rosewood fretboard features large white dot inlays. Volume and tone rotary controls are mounted on the scratchplate with a selection of push-on push-off buttons for pickup selection and mute. The guitar features a vibrato unit and the adjustable bridge is similar to that of a Rickenbacker.
TAKING A FIRST BREATH ARE KURT COBAIN,
Tina Arena, Noel Gallagher, Steven Wilson, Faith Hill, Dave Matthews, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw, Sharleen Spiteri and Mark Lamarr, plus John Petrucci, Mike Portnoy and John Myung of Dream Theater. Sadly, breathing their last are producer Joe Meek, Woody Guthrie, Otis Redding, Brian Epstein, conductor Malcolm Sargent and Derek McCulloch, better known as Uncle Mac, of BBC Radio’s Children’s Favourites.
BILL GRUGGETT OF HALLMARK DESIGNS
the Stradette, a hollow-body violin-shaped guitar with an arched maple body, twin cutaways and a pair of quirky shaped f-holes. The construction features a solid centre block supporting the pickups, adjustable bridge and surface mounted vibrato unit. Separate volume and tone controls are supplied for both of the High-Fidelity pickups plus selectors. The maple set-neck features a rosewood fretboard with double dot inlays.