Entries by Richard Cleaver

Product Photography Guitars

I have been culling my guitar collection. Releasing a few instruments that I rarely play these days. As part of that process, I needed to take some pictures of my guitars. And, being a relatively handy person with a camera, I decided to improve my product photography skills as it relates to guitars. I found […]

Sonos Play 1

I picked up a pair of these Sonos Play 1 wireless speakers for our Class A diesel pusher motorhome. And, I have to admit, they really sound great. Better as a stereo pair than as a single speaker in my opinion. Surprisingly good bass response when in stereo. Setup was a snap. I had them […]

Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree

I have been cutting some videos from a concert I did back in December of 2016. And yes, I know that it is June. Better late than never I suppose. This was from 2016: And this was from 2014: Interesting for me to see the differences between the two events. Aside from being a couple […]

Designated Survivor

I came across this article on Keifer Sutherland saving the world with his guitar: Kiefer Sutherland has built a notable career as an actor whose work includes his critically acclaimed stint as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer on the TV series 24. But Sutherland has recently stepped onto a different stage as a roots-rocking singer-songwriter. I’m […]

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. […]