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Mac Randall

Mac Randall

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Mac Randall, editor of JazzTimes magazine, has been writing about music and related subjects for more than two decades. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Musician, The New York Observer, Guitar Aficionado, Billboard, Acoustic Guitar, Mojo, and many other publications. Mac is also a guitarist and composer, as well as the author of the book "Exit Music: The Radiohead Story" and the e-book "101 Great Playlists: Songs for Every Listener." He lives in New York City.

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In Part 1 of this article, we looked at some popular alternatives to standard guitar tuning, including such favorites as drop D, double drop D, D-A-D-G-A-D, and a couple of open tunings (which produce

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The best acoustic guitars are made out of wood. This remains as much a truism in the 21st century as it was in the 18th, despite huge recent advances in the development of alternative guitar materials (particularly carbon-fiber). There

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The recent resurgence in popularity of vinyl records should really come as no surprise. Why? Because, as anyone who’s had the pleasure knows, playing records is fun: a visual, aural, and tactile experience like

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Amplifying an acoustic guitar? Not that hard. But amplifying an acoustic guitar in a way that actually makes it sound like an acoustic guitar? That’s an assignment that’s challenged design engineers for nearly a century. Microphones or Pickups? Up until now, the

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Imagine for a moment that you’re an astronaut. You wouldn’t go up into space without having complete confidence in mission control, right? Well, the same is true for those who wish to explore the ever-expanding universe of audiovisual entertainment

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