That Was The Year... 2008 Coils, Co­bras and Cus­toms

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

PAUL REED SMITH RELEASES THE

PRS Starla, a sin­gle­cut ma­hogany body with ma­hogany neck and rose­wood board with dot in­lays. Unique in the his­tory of PRS it’s fit­ted with a Bigsby vi­brato, Grover tune-o-matic bridge, vin­tage styled tulip tuners and a pair of chromed cus­tom-voiced pick­ups. With vol­ume, tone, built-in coil-tap­ping and a three-way se­lec­tor switch it’s great for both sin­gle-coil and over­driven sounds with a retro look and feel.

SPACE EXPLORATION IS IN TOP GEAR AS THE

Au­to­mated Trans­fer Ve­hi­cle is launched from Guiana Space Cen­tre tak­ing cargo to the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion; NASA’s Phoenix space­craft lands on the north­ern po­lar re­gion of Mars; the Mes­sen­ger space probe makes its clos­est flyby of Mer­cury; the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Te­le­scope is launched; Iran sends a rocket into space from its newly-opened space cen­tre; and the SpaceX Fal­con 1 be­comes the world’s first pri­vately de­vel­oped space launch ve­hi­cle to make or­bit suc­cess­fully.

THE KING COBRA IS THE LAT­EST

edi­tion to the im­pres­sive range of Match­less am­pli­fiers, boast­ing a 35-watt, twin-EL34 power stage with added re­verb and tremolo. Hand-wired point-to­point cir­cuitry, top-dol­lar ma­te­ri­als through­out and qual­ity of build in­sures an im­pres­sive and pow­er­ful de­liv­ery from this weighty combo. Nat­u­rally the price tag is also hefty but an ex­cep­tional dy­namic range and re­spon­sive­ness cou­pled to bril­liant tones and pro­jec­tion gives this Cobra plenty of bite.

RAGE AGAINST THE MA­CHINE PLAY THEIR

first shows out­side the States since re­form­ing, head­lin­ing in Aus­tralia and New Zealand. Michael Jack­son’s Thriller 25 cel­e­brates the 25th an­niver­sary of the big­gest sell­ing al­bum of all time with Jack­son as ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer; and Sys­tem Of A Down gui­tarist Daron Malakian, tells MTV that he is con­cen­trat­ing on his new project, Scars On Broad­way, so the band is un­likely to re­form.

FEARS OF A FI­NAN­CIAL RECESSION IN THE USA.

Stock mar­kets around the world plunge and the UK loses con­fi­dence in the bank­ing sys­tem af­ter un­safe in­vest­ments are an­nounced by many ma­jor high­street banks. North­ern Rock is the first in trou­ble and is quickly na­tion­alised by the gov­ern­ment. But things only get worse.

THE GIB­SON CUS­TOM SHOP RELEASES

a limited run for their 50th An­niver­sary 1958 ES-335. The orig­i­nal con­cept was for a gui­tar with the warmth of a hol­low­body com­bined with the power and sus­tain of a solid, and it passed with fly­ing colours. This model is equipped with Clas­sic ‘57 hum­buck­ers plus the orig­i­nal rounded neck and dot mark­ers, full bind­ing to body and neck, nick­elplated hard­ware, tune-o-matic bridge, stop­bar tail­piece, vol­ume and tone con­trols plus a three-way switch and vin­tage tulip tuners all gently aged in Vin­tage Orig­i­nal Spec (VOS).

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