That Was The Year... 1931 Coali­tion, Cal­tech and Catas­tro­phe

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

MARTIN GUITARS IN­TRO­DUCES

a sim­ple bor­der of straight lines on its arch­top range in stark con­trast to the tra­di­tional ‘her­ring­bone’ pur­fling that has been used since the 1850s. it’s a bold move but def­i­nitely serves to give their mod­els a more modern per­sona and of course the ex­cel­lence in de­sign and build re­mains con­stant. how­ever the her­ring­bone is re­tained on the new D-28 which fea­tures a solid spruce top, rose­wood back and sides and an ebony fin­ger­board with pearl di­a­mond shaped in­lays.

BOLDLY AR­RIV­ING INTO THE WORLD ARE

sam cooke, lon­nie Done­gan, skeeter Davis, ike Turner, Jim Nes­bitt along with ac­tors James Dean, Diana Dors, les Daw­son, lionel Blair and star Trek stars Wil­liam shat­ner and leonard Ni­moy.

ASTRONOMER ED­WIN HUB­BLE AND AL­BERT

einstein be­gin do­ing re­search at the cal­i­for­nia in­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy (cal­tech) where einstein also gives lec­tures at the De­part­ment of Physics. chemist harold clay­ton urey dis­cov­ers heavy hy­dro­gen (deu­terium) and ernest lawrence in­vents the cy­clotron that ac­cel­er­ates par­ti­cles, help­ing in the study of nu­clear physics.

GE­ORGE BEAUCHAMP AND RICK­EN­BACKER ELEC­TRO

pro­duce the pro­to­type a-22, the first elec­tric lap steel guitar in ex­is­tence. The round body and long neck soon earn it the nick­name of the ‘Fry­ing Pan’ and while this pro­to­type is made of maple the pro­duc­tion model will be cast alu­minium. The pickup is a cu­ri­ous af­fair that fea­tures a pair of op­pos­ing horse­shoe mag­nets that arch over the strings but this pow­er­ful and ef­fec­tive de­sign soon be­comes a rick­en­backer trade­mark and the pickup is still used on some of their guitars and basses to this day.

VI­O­LENT WEATHER WITH THE WORST HUR­RI­CANE

in Bri­tish hon­duras ever recorded kills around 1,500 peo­ple; the cities of Napier and hast­ings in New Zealand are de­stroyed in an earth­quake mea­sur­ing 7.9 on the richter scale; the Panama canal is closed due to earth­quake dam­age; and hor­ren­dous floods in china are con­sid­ered to be the dead­li­est nat­u­ral dis­as­ter yet recorded.

PO­LIT­I­CAL AND ECO­NOMIC CRI­SIS fOL­LOWS

a run on the Bri­tish pound; the uk aban­dons the gold stan­dard; ram­say Mac­Don­ald’s labour Party re­signs and the gen­eral elec­tion results in vic­tory for the Na­tional Gov­ern­ment (coali­tion) of peo­ple drawn from all par­ties. it’s the coun­try’s great­est ever elec­toral land­slide.

GIB­SON RE­LEASES ITS L-10 ARCH­TOP

with a 16-inch bound body, f-holes and a raised, dark tor­toise­shell scratch­plate. The top is hand carved, book­matched solid spruce with carved maple back and sides. The maple neck has a bound ebony fin­ger­board with mother-of-pearl dot in­lays. The head­stock fea­tures an in­laid pearl Gib­son logo and is black faced to match the liv­ery of the body and neck. The tuners and the wrapover trapeze tailpiece are nickel.

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