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The Coyote Hole

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“What the guitar does not produce cannot be supplemented electrically.” – Yasuhiko Iwanade, The Beauty of the Burst Given a choice, nearly every guitar player we know would prefer to own and play those rare instruments that seem mysteriously endowed with the seductive character and extraordinary resonant vocal qualities we so admire and crave. And who wouldn’t? Well, Rayford maybe… …

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The Robben Ford Interview

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Part 1 TQR:  How were you initially exposed to music, Robben? I was so open to music that it seemed I liked almost everything. My parents bought a record player, joined a record club, and received a stack of records that I remember included Ravel’s Bolero and some kind of big band percussion record, among other things. My father also …

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Wild Things

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“The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware… joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely, aware” — Henry Miller It’s a rare day when we fail to receive a request for enlightenment, guidance, or affirmation of someone’s chosen path in the quest for tone. Handwringers like, “Do chambered guitars sound ‘better ‘than solid ones?” Or, “Have you …

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My Obsession — Peter Frampton

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Every once in a while we receive a call or an email from Peter Frampton. Ever the cheerful soul who always leaves us feeling likewise, we usually discuss some type of gear or another, but one day last year Peter asked if he might write something for us— this from a man who talked for 90 minutes during his TQR …

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The Truth About Cables With Evidence Audio’s Tony Farinella

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Along with guitar pickups, no other topic of discussion is potentially more confusing or steeped in fog and hype than the subject of audio cables. We asked Evidence Audio founder Tony Farinella to lift the veil from this grossly misunderstood topic, and he succeeded brilliantly. You’ll also notice that he scrupulously avoided any temptation to shamelessly hump his own work, …

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Checking In With Matchless and Star Amplifiers Founder Mark Sampson & 1993 Matchless DC30 Review With Commentary From Sonny Landreth and Gordon Kennedy

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Mark Sampson and Rick Perotta founded Matchless Amplifiers in 1989, initially building prototypes for friends and professional contacts in Southern California. Sampson had previously been involved in importing and repairing original JMI Vox amps for resale, as well as working as an on call repair tech for some of the top recording studios in and around Los Angeles. The fledgling …

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Turning Coils Jason Lollar

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To everything, turn, turn, turn, There is a season, turn, turn, turn, And a time to every purpose under heaven — Pete Seeger In simpler times, players played the pickups that came in their guitars and that was the end of it. Hispanic women wound coils in Fullerton, Latvian women wound ‘em in Kalamazoo, and less celebrated workers of undetermined …

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Celestion Heritage Speakers

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Celestion first began on the Thames River in Hampton Wick, England in 1924, producing loudspeakers designed by founder Cyril French and Eric Mackintosh for ‘wireless’radio sets. In 1927 the Celestion Radio Company and Celestion Limited were formed, and by the 1950’s, loudspeaker production had reached 30,000 per week with a staff of 400 employees. The development of the famous G12 …

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The David Lindley Interview!

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“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.” —Miles Davis “You do not merely want to be considered just the best of the best. You want to be considered the only ones who do what you do.” —Jerry Garcia Turkish ‘ud— The Turkish version of the ‘ud, with a slightly smaller body and a very resonant sound. Turkish saz— One of …