That Was The Year... 1977 Hotel New York City, California & Monteleone
AFTER JUST THREE YEARS IN
existence Burns uK calls it a day. Formed in 1974 to continue Jim Burns’ legacy of guitar building, sadly only one model has made any impact on the market. originally to be called the chonchorde, the renamed Flyte was warmly received. The Burns Mirage followed and this year the lJ24 was introduced and features a pair of Mach Two pickups but it’s unable to save the company.
TWO PIVOTAL ALBUMS ARE RELEASED,
The eagles - hotel california and Fleetwood Mac - rumours and they will go on to become two of the greatest selling albums of all time. lynyrd skynyrd lose three members of the band in a plane crash and without cassie Gaines, steve Gaines and ronnie Van Zant they disband. Marc Bolan also dies along with veterans elvis Presley and Bing crosby.
AS PART OF ITS 100-WATT, MARK II RANGE
Marshall Amplification reveals the 2159 JMP super lead, a combo version of the popular 1959 head. This classic black levant covered combo has two 12-inch speakers, a twin-channel amp, four inputs and an all-valve chassis with the standard four el34’s in the power stage. The gold front panel offers presence, bass, middle and treble tone and two volume controls. With great tone and impressive sound projection it’s yet another fine addition to the company’s ever expanding range.
AS THE FIRST APPLE II COMPUTERS
go on sale and the company commissions a new multi striped logo. star Wars is showing at cinemas everywhere and although it is the first of many films its full title becomes star Wars episode iV: A new hope. The silmarillion is published. it’s the first collection of Jrr Tolkien’s mythopoeic works edited by his son christopher. stephen King publishes The shining.
FOLLOWING THREE LIGHTNING STRIKES
a substation, a nuclear power plant, transmission lines and the biggest generator in new york city failed and caused a citywide blackout lasting for 25 hours. looting and disorder followed in certain neighbourhoods. Laguardia and Kennedy airports are closed for eight hours and four thousand people are evacuated from the subway system. After the event additional protocols are initiated to prevent such a complete system failure happening again.
LUTHIER JOHN MONTELEONE INTRODUCES
the hexaphone flat-top acoustic guitar. With a spruce top, rosewood back and sides, oval soundhole, rosewood neck and bound ebony fingerboard, its design inspiration is the marriage of a Gibson J-200 and a Martin oM-45. The former for its iconic looks and the latter for its clear and balanced sound. The name originates from Monteleone thinking of it more as a six-string speaker cabinet and curiously the prototype features banjo style tuners. All in all it’s a striking guitar with fantastic sound and projection.