That Was The Year... 1990 Su­per ‘S’, Mr Bean and a Rum Deal

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

IN THE NEVER END­ING QUEST

for the ‘Su­per S-style’ PRS in­tro­duces the EG3. With ex­tra con­tour­ing to the body horns and the dis­tinc­tive head­stock shape, edge mounted jack socket and with all the sin­gle-coil pick­ups an­gled, PRS have claimed this de­sign as their own. Some things re­main like the alder body, maple neck and rose­wood fin­ger­board with dot in­lays and spring loaded trem. The elec­tron­ics are conventional too; it’s the neck joint that sin­gles this out as it runs un­der the scratch­plate to al­low eas­ier ac­cess to the up­per­most frets.

PRIME MIN­IS­TER MARGARET THATCHER

re­signs from power and John Ma­jor steps into the top job as Labour leader Neil Kin­nock watches ex­pec­tantly. East and West Ger­many re­unify and Check­point Char­lie is dis­man­tled; the daily rum ra­tion in the Royal New Zealand Navy is discontinued; and af­ter 27 years be­hind bars Nel­son Man­dela is fi­nally re­leased. THE STRATOCASTER USED BY JIMI HEN­DRIX at Wood­stock sells for $295.000 at auc­tion; while trav­el­ling on a train from Manch­ester to Eus­ton, Joanne Rowl­ing con­ceives the idea for Harry Pot­ter; Rowan Atkin­son in­tro­duces Mr Bean on Thames Tele­vi­sion; and the first McDon­alds is opened in Moscow. NEW DECADE, NEW TAKAMINE ELEC­TRO-ACOUS­TIC, the ap­pro­pri­ately named LTD-90. This tra­di­tion­ally-pro­por­tioned dread­nought fea­tures a cut­away all koa body with ma­hogany neck and a rose­wood fret­board. Body and neck are fully bound and the fret­board fea­tures white snowflake in­lays. The bridge is rose­wood and the tuners are gold-plated Grover style. The elec­tron­ics are set into the up­per bout and fea­ture a ro­tary vol­ume con­trol and four EQ slid­ers that work para­met­ri­cally. Glossy fin­ish with that dis­tinc­tive Takamine sound. IN RE­SPONSE TO IRAQ’S IN­VA­SION of Kuwait the United Na­tions Se­cu­rity Coun­cil in­tro­duces a global trade em­bargo; the Lean­ing Tower of Pisa closes to the public due to safety con­cerns; the English and French workers tun­nelling from op­po­site sides be­neath the Chan­nel fi­nally meet; and Glas­gow be­comes the Cul­ture Cap­i­tal of Europe for 1990. FOL­LOW­ING THE SUC­CESS OF THE NY­lON-- strung CE model, Gib­son now in­tro­duces the Chet Atkins SST, a cham­bered solid­body gui­tar that looks and sounds like a steel-strung acous­tic when am­pli­fied. Gib­son have re­verted to a solid head­stock and a cam­bered fret­board for ease of play­ing. The sur­ro­gate sound­hole re­mains on this all-ma­hogany sin­gle­cut body; the neck is also ma­hogany but the ‘board is ebony with dot in­lays. The vol­ume and dual con­cen­tric tre­ble and bass con­trols sit neatly on the body sur­face. Looks and plays like a dream.

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