Entries by Richard Cleaver

The Day MP3 Died

On April 23, 2017, Technicolor’s mp3 licensing program for certain mp3 related patents and software of Technicolor and Fraunhofer IIS terminated. News release here. Although I cut most of my CD library in AAC — somewhat redundant now that I rarely even see a CD anymore — I still cut mp3s when working on studio projects. […]

Strongest Strings Known To Man

It happened a couple of weeks ago. During rehearsal. I broke a string. The B string. And I think it broke at or near the saddle. Now I happen to be a bit meticulous about my guitar strings. Okay, I happen to be a bit meticulous about more than just my guitar strings. But in […]

Fender Ensenada Factory

That is basically where Fender started. Circa 1959. Fullerton, California. My friends at Cosmo Music sent me a video about their recent tour to the Fender Ensenada factory in Mexico. They produce about 500 guitars a day from that plant. Quite a lot has changed in terms of the production of these instruments. I would […]

Ears to Hear

But in actuality, the difference is very difficult to discern. Couple that with a range in the quality of soundcards and speakers, and it’s almost impossible for the average listener to pick which is which. Can you tell the difference? Spotify has a test for you to tell the difference between lossy and lossless audio. […]

New Amp(s) Day

We got the call yesterday during one of the worst snowstorms of the winter. “Your Kemper is in” was all that I needed to hear. Time to brave the snowstorm. It wasn’t easy, but we made the drive to the guitar shop and sure enough, there it was. My new Kemper Profiler and remote. I […]

Collings 360 LT M

  Sure. Keep sending me emails about your new guitars. But really, Collings Guitars, I’d rather you stop sending me the emails and send me just the new guitars. Unfortunately I can only afford a couple of them. I received an email update from Collings on the new 360 LT M. I almost bought the original […]

Viva Las Vegas

I hit 60 years of age last week. Not quite sure how I feel about that marker. Seems old. My wife thought I needed some cheering up and so she planned a special birthday getaway for the two of us. Off to Las Vegas. Well, not quite Las Vegas. A little bit outside of Las […]

Larry Coryell

Sad news. One of my guitar heroes from my youth has passed away at age 73. Larry Coryell led the charge in pioneering the jazz fusion guitar. He was an amazing player.