That Was The Year... 1967

Green Bay, Grand Mac Prix and Un­cle

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

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.

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