The Great SRV

 Clearly, when great guitarists talk about other great guitarists (and those that influenced them), Stevie Ray Vaughan’s name comes up quickly. A little research — including a video chat with a guy who has written three books about him — shows that Vaughan was respected. He also was liked as a person. Please check out the interview above with Craig Hopkins, …

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Introducing The Internet Music Mapping Project

YouTube is massive and indispensable. It is our collective memory. That goes for everything, including music. As dominant as it is, there is a rich online music world beyond YouTube. Some of these millions of music sites are well known, others are obscure. Some are sleek commercial undertakings, others are clunky products of an individual’s love of a particular performer or genre. …

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Les Paul was a Giant

 Les Paul is a giant both for his guitar playing and his contribution to music technology. Paul–Lester William Polsfuss–was born in Wisconsin in 1915. His Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bio points to his invention of overdubbing, multi-tracking and other techniques. His “crowning achievement,” the bio says, is the guitar that bears his name: As he told writer Jim O’Donnell, …

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Finding the Best Phono Preamp for Your Stereo System

Finding the best phono preamp for your music setup is not necessarily difficult. It also doesn’t have to be too expensive. It’s ironic that one of the trickiest elements of dealing with phono preamps is simply deciding if you need one. The functionality can be located in several places and could simply be an element of something you already own. Click here …

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Be a Show Off: Display Tech that Makes Your Great Albums Look Great

Album cover display products, while very inexpensive, are vital to a task many vinyl aficionados feel strongly about: Displaying covers with which they have an emotional attachment. Think about it for a moment: Today, a person’s entire music universe can fit in his or her pocket. The ability to squeeze transistors so closely together that functionality fits into devices that can fit …

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Thanks for (Digitizing) the Memories: How and Why to Transfer from Analog to Digital

Perhaps you are one of the many people who are interested in the reborn world of vinyl. You  have crates of old records that you love. For many years — between the time that vinyl gave way to digital and when it made its surprising and welcome comeback — you considered throwing them all away.  But you resisted. They are not just …

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