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