Shadow MIDI Guitar Synthesis in the 1980s

Bob Leggitt | Friday, 24 April 2015 |

Boasting 21st century technology as early as the 1980s, the German company Shadow powerfully marketed a range of guitar-related products through the era of spandex and headbands. With a range running from a well-established assortment of innovative guitar pickups, right up to complete guitars like the SHP-01 (electric solid with acoustic sound), and the SH1 (Superstrat with both passive and active capabilities), Shadow made big noises in the ’eighties. But it was the brand’s very high-profile venture into guitar synthesis that perhaps proved most interesting.

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Tumblr Now Accepting Large Images in Text Posts – Kind Of…

Bob Leggitt | Sunday, 19 April 2015 |



If you’ve used Tumblr recently, you may have noticed that when you upload an image to a Text Post, the picture ‘stretches’ to the full width of the post container in the Dashboard. Technically, what’s happening is that instead of displaying at the old width of 500px across, images in Text Posts gain an extra 40 pixels of width and now display at 540px.
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The Guys Who Sell Rolls-Royces For Next To Nothing

Bob Leggitt | Wednesday, 25 March 2015 |

Okay, so the title is a metaphor, but this is an issue which needs a lot more attention than a conventional title would likely bring. I’m using a motor vehicle analogy, but this is really a piece about the Internet, and the people who are slowly strangling it. It’s a piece about legitimised theft, and the impact that legitimised theft has on our long-term experience of the Web.

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Why Stock Guitar Pickups Could Be Best

Bob Leggitt | Tuesday, 24 March 2015 |

If the title of this piece was based purely on anecdotal evidence, I wouldn’t need to write another word. The number of guitarists who’ve switched a full set of stock pickups for expensive replacements, then sheepishly pulled out the replacements and replaced them with the originals, is staggering.

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A Brief Guide To 1950s Stratocasters

Bob Leggitt | Friday, 20 March 2015 |

The Fender Stratocaster is the world’s most popular guitar design, but how did it all begin? This piece looks, in a broad sense, at the Stratocaster of the 1950s. It’s not meant to document every minute detail. Rather, it’s an overview for anyone unfamiliar with this early period in the Strat’s life.


Above: This type of black, maple-necked Stratocaster is now perhaps best associated with Eric Clapton, whose (former) predominantly 1950s partscaster ‘Blackie’ is additionally cool because it has an early custom colour body. But Gene Vincent’s band used factory original Strats in non-standard colours during the 1950s, including an even earlier black model than Clapton’s.
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