Steve Ripley, Inventor of the Ripley Stereo Guitar, Dead at 69

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Steve Ripley, leader of the country-rock band The Tractors and inventor of the Ripley Stereo Guitar, has died at the age of 69. Ripley died peacefully at his home in Pawnee, Oklahoma after a year-long battle with cancer, his publicist said. 

A mainstay of the small-but-vibrant music scene in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ripley played guitar with Bob Dylan and JJ Cale, and produced records by the likes of Roy Clark and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, in addition to his critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated work with The Tractors. 

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.