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