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November 14 2019
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There seems to be widespread agreement that something special was lost in the rushed-to-market move from physical media to digital streaming.

We have come to admit that some older musical technologies cannot be improved upon. Musicians, producers, engineers spend thousands to replicate the sound of older analog recording technology, with all its quirky, inconsistent operation. And fans buy record players and vinyl records in surprisingly increasing numbers to hear the warm and fuzzy character of their sound.

Neil Young has dismissed the resurgence of the LP as a "fashion statement" given that most new albums released on vinyl are digital masters. But buyers come to vinyl with expectations of a wonderfully tactile experience.

When we stare at our screens for the majority of our days, it's nice to look at art that doesn't glow and isn't the size of my hand. And yes, vinyl can feel and look as good as it sounds when properly engineered.

While shiny, digitally mastered vinyl releases pop up in big box stores everywhere, the real musical wealth lies in the past-in thousands upon thousands of LPs, 45s, 78s-relics of the only consumer playback format we have that's fully analog and fully lossless.  
Few institutions can afford to store thousands of physical albums, and many rarities and oddities exist in vanishingly fewer copies. Their crackle and hiss may be forever lost without the intervention of digital preservationists like the Internet Archive.
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Two weeks ago, Dave Mustaine announced that he was selling nearly 150 guitars, amps, pedals and other pieces of gear from his personal collection on reverb.com. As one might expect, once the sale was live, the gear went very quickly. So quickly that many began to speculate who had snapped up the guitars. Now, the mystery buyer has revealed himself.     

Tonally, you might think the only difference between the P and J would be accounted for by the neck pickups - the Precision should sound a little more thorough, with a meatier tone, while the Jazz should be tighter and more refined. Plugging in challenges these assumptions, however...

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Nathan East is one of the most sought-after bass players in the history of music - with an impressive 2,000+ recordings under his belt including everyone from Michael Jackson to Daft Punk - East certainly knows a thing or two about the topic. "I don't care how many notes you know," he comments. "If you don't feel good to play with, all of that is not going to make any difference at all."        
Guitar Body Size

Most acoustic players are familiar with a few body sizes but remain foggy about the many options available. This Frets column aims to provide clarity, not with a big chart you could find using a Google search but with some real-world examples that reveal the positives and negatives inherent to each size category, and a bit of history that explains how we got to where we are today.
Charles "Bud" Ross built his fame on the Kustom amps he began creating in the mid 1960s. In the 1970s, he went on to launch the Ross Electronics stompbox company, and today his name is perhaps most famous for the number of clones that the company's delectable gray Compressor inspired. Although Ross's stompboxes were arguably B-list boxes behind the likes of MXR and Electro-Harmonix, many guitarists belatedly discovered how magical the unassuming two-knob Compressor could sound.
Joe Beck is seriously underrated! Born in Philadelphia, Beck moved to Manhattan in his teens, playing six nights a week in a trio setting, which gave him an opportunity to meet various people working in the thriving New York music scene. By the time he was 18, Stan Getz hired him to record jingles, and in 1967 he recorded with Miles Davis. By 1968, at age 22, he was a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra.  
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