That Was The Year... 1995 700 WTO, DVD, X and P*U*L*S*E

Guitar Techniques - - INTRO -

A FIRST FOR EGGLE GUI­TARS

is the sig­na­ture Tony Iommi Artist model that nat­u­rally draws its in­spi­ra­tion from Tony’s fa­mous Gib­son SG. Al­though the body shape is slightly off­set and the trade­mark Eggle head­stock is em­ployed this black beast of a guitar re­ally looks the part. Whether you go for the stan­dard dot­ted ebony fret­board or the ‘cross’ in­laid ver­sion (at ex­tra cost) the weight of the Brazil­ian ma­hogany neck and body makes it feel a very sub­stan­tial ‘beast’.

THE BBC BE­GINS REG­U­LAR Dig­i­tal Au­dio

Broad­cast­ing (DAB); the Dig­i­tal Ver­sa­tile Disc (DVD) for­mat is an­nounced; Sizewell B Nu­clear Power Sta­tion is now sup­ply­ing en­ergy to the Na­tional Grid; Ya­hoo! is founded; eBay comes into ex­is­tence and Win­dows 95 is re­leased by Mi­crosoft.

IN THE MIDST OF THE BRITPOP REV­O­LU­TION

with Oasis and Blur vy­ing for dom­i­na­tion in both the sin­gles and al­bum charts, the am­bas­sador of pop, Cliff Richard is knighted and gui­tarist Richey Ed­wards of the Manic Street Preach­ers dis­ap­pears from a ho­tel in Bayswa­ter. New al­bums in­clude Paul Weller – Stan­ley Road, Queen – Made In Heaven, Take That – No­body Else, Sim­ply Red – Life and P*U*L*S*E from Pink Floyd.

THE CON­TROL PANEL OF LANEY’S NEW VC50

combo pos­i­tively bris­tles with chicken-head knobs but mul­ti­ple op­tions are what you need to bring out the best of this two-chan­nel, 50-watt amp. It’s de­signed to sup­ply both Bri­tish and Amer­i­can sonic abil­i­ties from a pair of 12-inch HH Pre­miere Vin­tage 60 speak­ers, and it cer­tainly lives up to the prom­ise. The chan­nels are in­de­pen­dent yet both of­fer ef­fects loop, switch­able boost, pres­ence and res­o­nance con­trols. There’s an aw­ful lot of sounds here just wait­ing to be un­leashed.

US PRES­I­DENT BILL CLIN­TON

ex­tends a $20 bil­lion loan to help Mex­ico avert fi­nan­cial col­lapse; Bri­tish forces are sent to the war in Bos­nia and Herze­gov­ina to help re­lieve the siege of Sara­jevo; the World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WTO) is es­tab­lished; and Swe­den, Aus­tria and Fin­land join the Euro­pean Union.

AC­KNOWL­EDG­ING ITS HER­ITAGE, GUILD

in­tro­duces the X700 arch­top jazz guitar in all its glitzy glory with a bound, solid hand-carved spruce top, curly maple back and sides and maple neck. In con­trast the bound fin­ger­board is ebony with at­trac­tive pearl block and abalone wedge in­lays. The hard­ware is gold plated in­clud­ing the pair of Guild hum­buck­ers and Grover tuners. The vol­ume and tone con­trols are en­hanced by a pickup se­lec­tor switch and, un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally, an ad­di­tional master vol­ume fit­ted with a down­sized knob. Sun­burst and blonde fin­ishes are avail­able.

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