That Was The Year... 2012 Bri­tan­nica, Her­itage and En­deav­our

Guitar Techniques - - IN­TRO -

CORT’S NEW SUNSET I SEMI-HOL­LOW,

sin­gle­cut gui­tar is a real at­ten­tion grab­ber! This set-neck model has a maple top on a cham­bered ma­hogany body and the ma­hogany neck fea­tures off­set rec­tan­gu­lar white pearl in­lays on a rose­wood board. The TV Jones clas­sic and clas­sic Plus pick­ups of­fer a choice of tra­di­tional tones or a more mod­ern edge. chrome hard­ware in­cludes Grover tuners, a roller bridge and a Bigsby B50 tail­piece.

AFTER 25 MIS­SIONS THE SpACE SHUT­TLE

en­deav­our takes its fi­nal flight on the back of a mod­i­fied 747; a North korean earth ob­ser­va­tion satel­lite ex­plodes shortly after launch, much to the con­cern of the united Na­tions se­cu­rity coun­cil; earth ob­serves the tran­sit of Venus across the face of the sun, and the next one won’t take place un­til De­cem­ber 2117, over 100 years hence.

AMpEG RE­LEASES ITS NEW HER­ITAGE R-12R

Re­ver­be­rocket, an all-valve combo based on the orig­i­nal 1961 model that bears the same name. hand-wired and as­sem­bled in Amer­ica it is built us­ing pre­mium com­po­nents and of­fers au­then­tic tube-driven re­verb and tremolo that made the orig­i­nal combo so pop­u­lar. With a choice of 15 or 30-watts out­put, through the pre­mium ce­lestion 12-inch Al­nico Gold speaker, the chrome-plated chas­sis and black di­a­mond Tolex liv­ery com­plete the her­itage look for this lim­ited run of just 100 units.

THE 21ST CEN­TURY CULL CON­TIN­UES

Away go ‘Bee Gee’ Robin Gibb, blues singer etta James, The Mon­kees’ Davy Jones, ‘50s Bri­tish gui­tarists Joe Moretti, Bert Wee­don and Big Jim sul­li­van; Jon lord, Whit­ney hous­ton, earl scruggs, Donna sum­mer, scott Mcken­zie, Andy Wil­liams, Dave Brubeck and Ravi shankar!

BASE JUMpER FELIX BAUM­GART­NER

be­comes the first per­son to break the sound bar­rier with­out me­chan­i­cal as­sis­tance when he jumps from a he­lium bal­loon in the strato­sphere. Neil Arm­strong, the first man on the moon, dies at 82.

THE MAYAN CAL­EN­DAR COMES TO ITS END

and some be­lieve the end of the world is nigh, but noth­ing un­usual oc­curs. Bri­tain hosts the 2012 Olympic Games and cel­e­brates the Di­a­mond Ju­bilee of Queen el­iz­a­beth ii; Rus­sia fi­nally lifts its ban on Bri­tish beef and lamb that was in­tro­duced after the ini­tial Bse (Mad cow Dis­ease) out­break 26 years ago; and the en­cy­clopae­dia Bri­tan­nica ceases to be printed 246 years after its first pub­li­ca­tion.

FENDER GOES RETRO CRAZY WITH THE LAUNCH

of the new Pawn shop am­pli­fiers. These hi-tech de­signs, cased in clas­si­cally styled cab­i­nets, of­fer grace, beauty and fan­tas­tic sounds. The 13-watt ex­cel­sior is valve driven, has three in­puts, a tremolo cir­cuit and a 15inch speaker. The two-watt Greta has a ‘vin­tage ta­ble ra­dio’ look with a four­inch speaker and an iPod con­nec­tor. it can also be used as a tube preamp with a larger am­pli­fier.

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