That Was The Year... 1964 Cor­sairs, Vik­ings and Rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

GRETSCH IN­TRO­DUCES THE 6187

Vik­ing model with a sun­burst dou­ble-cut­away, hol­low, bound maple body and two f-holes. The bound ebony fin­ger­board fea­tures pearl thumb­nail in­lays up to the 12th fret then off­set dots above. It’s loaded with two cov­ered rail hum­buck­ers, a mas­ter vol­ume, two more vol­ume con­trols, a pickup se­lec­tor and more switches; add to that a string mute, a roller bridge assem­bly, a Bigsby vi­brato tail­piece and a leatherette back pad and there’s not much wood to see!

IN­TRO­DUC­ING THE BEA­TLES IS THE

first Bea­tles al­bum re­leased in the USA and the fab four get their first us chart top­per with I Want To hold Your hand. It stays in the num­ber one po­si­tion for seven weeks and the group lands at JFK air­port for its first Amer­i­can tour. The UK flies over half a ton of Bea­tles wigs to sup­port the tour!

FORD’S CON­SUL CORSAIR IS

now avail­able to pur­chase. A mid-sized car, sa­loon or es­tate along the lines of the 61/62 ford Thun­der­bird. There is also a con­vert­ible ver­sion built by Cray­ford.

AF­TER PRO­TO­TYPES, GUILD FI­NALLY LAUNCHES

its Ge­orge Barnes Acousti-Lec­tric jazz-bod­ied gui­tar with a carved spruce top and carved curly maple body; the rock maple neck has a bound ebony fin­ger­board and block pearl in­lays. Its most un­usual fea­ture is the lon­gi­tu­di­nal brace bar in­side the body on to which the twin hum­buck­ing pick­ups are mounted. The top has two cor­re­spond­ing aper­tures al­low­ing the pick­ups to pass through. As the con­trols are mounted on the scratch­plate with only the pickup se­lec­tor on the body, the nat­u­ral acous­tic res­o­nance of the in­stru­ment re­mains. It comes in blonde or sun­burst.

PLANS FOR THE WORLD TRADE CEN­TRE IN

New York City are an­nounced; boxer Cas­sius Clay con­verts to Is­lam and changes his name to Muham­mad Ali and beats sonny Lis­ton to be­come the new heavy­weight cham­pion of the world. The Rolling stones be­gin their first Amer­i­can tour as the head­line act with The Ronettes as a sup­port. A sprin­kling of births in­cludes Duff McKa­gan (Guns N’ Roses), Tommy scott (space), Neneh Cherry, Andy Bell (era­sure), Diana Krall and Wynonna Judd.

IN JA­PAN KAWAI RE­LEASES ITS REV­O­LU­TION­ARY

Amp In Gui­tar solid­body model! More tra­di­tion­ally it also in­tro­duces the sT3W gui­tar, a three-pickup de­sign with sep­a­rate rocker switches for each pickup. Th­ese and the ro­tary con­trols are all mounted on a large scratch­plate and there’s a vi­brato unit and a crude bridge. The rose­wood ‘board has abalone coin-slot in­lays and the head­stock pre­cedes the en­larged strat shape used by fen­der in the 70s.

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