That Was The Year... 1956

Bar­bican, Suez and Vi­olins

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

HOFNER DRAWS UPON iTS YEARS OF CLAS­Si­CAL

ex­per­tise to pro­duce their first violin shaped body for the guitar fam­ily. The 500/1 bass makes its de­but at the frank­furt Mu­sic fair with an arched spruce top and maple back and sides, with two black pick­ups at bridge and neck po­si­tions, each with a vol­ume and tone con­trol set on an oval plate. it’s des­tined to be­come one of the most iconic in­stru­ments of all time and al­though guitar ver­sions were soon in­tro­duced, it’s this full sound­ing bass that cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion.

PETROL RA­TiONiNG iN­TRO­DUCED DUE TO

Mid­dle eastern sup­ply block­ades dur­ing the suez cri­sis; chew Val­ley lake in som­er­set is inau­gu­rated by the Queen as a reser­voir to serve Bris­tol; the rAf re­tires its last lan­caster bomber; the Gower Penin­sula of Wales is first in the Bri­tish isles to be des­ig­nated an Area of out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty; and the pos­ses­sion of heroin be­comes un­law­ful.

PLANS ARE AN­NOUNCED FOR THOU­SANDS OF

new homes in lon­don’s Bar­bican area dev­as­tated by the luft­waffe dur­ing the sec­ond World War; first show­ing of doc­u­men­tary films at the Na­tional film The­atre in lon­don; chan­cel­lor of the ex­che­quer, Harold Macmil­lan, an­nounces the launch of Pre­mium Bonds with a £1,000 prize avail­able from the first draw; and french Premier Guy Mol­let pro­poses a merger of france and the Uk but the idea is re­jected by PM An­thony eden.

RiCKENBACKER iN­TRO­DUCES A ‘STU­DENT’

model guitar, des­ig­nated the combo 400. it features a new through body de­sign with a tulip styled maple body and a maple neck. The 21fret rose­wood fin­ger­board features white dots and the sin­gle cov­ered pickup is lo­cated in the neck po­si­tion. con­trols are vol­ume and tone with a two-way tone se­lec­tor switch. With a stylish gold scratch­plate it’s of­fered in Jet Black, Blue Green or Gold fin­ish.

PG TiPS LAUNCHES iTS CHiM­PANZEES’ TEA PARTY

ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign (voices by Peter sell­ers); Manch­ester based Granada Tele­vi­sion be­gins trans­mis­sion; lugano in switzer­land hosts the first eu­ro­vi­sion song con­test; the first Berni inn steak­house opens in Bris­tol; and pop­u­lar new books in­clude Ger­ald Dur­rell’s My fam­ily And other An­i­mals, Agatha christie’s Dead Man’s folly, and ian flem­ing’s 0007 thriller, Di­a­monds Are for­ever.

GiB­SON LAUNCHES THE ES-140T 3/4 GUiTAR

with a sin­gle sharp cut­away down­sized body and a much thin­ner depth than its usual mod­els. With a pair of f-holes cut into the bound arched maple body, a sim­ple trapeze tailpiece and float­ing tor­toise­shell scratch­plate it offers very clean lines in­deed. The sin­gle P90 pickup is sup­ported by sur­face mounted tone and vol­ume con­trols and the ad­justable bridge is rose­wood. The maple neck is un­bound with a rose­wood board and pearl dot in­lays and it’s over­all pro­por­tions are

both el­e­gant and beau­ti­ful.

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