That Was The Year... 1971

Dec­i­mal­i­sa­tion, Law­suits & Sleighrides

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

JEAN LARRIVÉE MOVES AWAY FROM

mak­ing clas­si­cal gui­tars and builds his first small steel-string dread­noughts from his new com­mer­cial premises. These early mod­els fea­ture X-brac­ing, dis­tinc­tive shap­ing and maple leaf style in­lays, but it was his re­solve to use his knowl­edge on suc­cess­ful clas­si­cal gui­tar brac­ing that was to be­come the ma­jor break­through for dis­tinc­tive sounds. He de­clares it was “suc­cess through ig­no­rance.”

WEL­COME TO THE WORLD TO

Ricky Martin, Dido, Gary Barlow, Paul McGuigan (Oa­sis), Mary J. Blige, Alison Krauss, Richard Ashcroft, Lisa Lopes, Nathan Mor­ris & Michael McCary (Boyz II Men), Missy El­liott, Kevin Scott Richard­son (Back­street Boys), Dolores O’Rior­dan, Kid Rock, Chris Shi­flett (Foo Fight­ers) and Jonathan Davis (Korn). Leav­ing the planet are Jim Mor­ri­son, Duane All­man, Louis Arm­strong and Igor Stravin­sky.

THE OLD GREY WHIS­TLE TEST, HOSTED bY

Bob Harris, de­buts on BBC2 and neatly opens the door for pre­dom­i­nantly al­bum based bands. Per­fect tim­ing then for Yes with The Yes Al­bum, Fo­cus - Mov­ing Waves, Moun­tain - Nan­tucket Sleighride, Car­a­van - In The Land Of Grey And Pink, Jethro Tull - Aqualung and Led Zep­pelin with their fourth al­bum. Prog rules the air­waves!

GRETSCH DE­CIDES TO DIS­CON­TINUE ITS

Duo-Jet 6128. In­tro­duced way back in 1953 this pleas­ing sin­gle­cut body de­sign has sadly fi­nally fallen out of fash­ion. It’s the loss of a truly clas­sic gui­tar with its bound maple topped ma­hogany body, ma­hogany neck with rose­wood fin­ger­board and pearloid block in­lays. The two ex­posed DeAr­mond pick­ups were con­trolled by the usual Gretsch elec­tron­ics and master vol­ume. Avail­able in black or sparkle (aka Sil­ver-Jet) fin­ishes.

THE UK AND IRE­LAND SWITCH TO DEC­I­MAL

cur­rency; the Open Univer­sity broad­casts be­gin on BBC TV and on Blue Peter a time cap­sule is buried, des­tined to be opened dur­ing the show’s first episode of 2000. Green­peace is born out of the ‘Don’t Make A Wave Com­mit­tee’ and ne­go­ti­a­tions for Bri­tain’s EEC mem­ber­ship fi­nally get un­der way.

NEW bANDS IN­CLUDE ROXY MU­SIC,

The Ea­gles, and New York Dolls; Robert Moog pro­duces the amaz­ing MiniMoog; Lon­don hosts the first Hard Rock Cafe; Ge­orge Har­ri­son reaches num­ber one with My Sweet Lord but is taken to the high court for pla­gia­rism against the Chif­fons’ He’s So Fine.

IbANEZ EN­TERS ITS ‘FAITH­FUL

re­pro­duc­tions’ era’(aka the Law­suit years) man­u­fac­tur­ing clones of pop­u­lar Fender, Gib­son and Rick­en­backer solid elec­tric mod­els. But while this year’s cat­a­logue is stuffed with well known de­signs the firm’s 1910 model ac­tu­ally dis­plays a lit­tle orig­i­nal­ity. This twin­cut semi of­fers un­usual cut­away shap­ing with a dis­tinc­tive vi­brato tail­piece and scratch­plate.

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