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Ask The Amp Guy: Why do some UK/EU editions of US tube amps seem...

In the latest instalment of his amp-advice column, Rift Amps mainman Chris Fantana tackles transatlantic noise issues.
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Ask The Amp Guy: What is impedance, and how does it affect a guitar...

An oft-misunderstood subject, explained in simple terms.
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Ask The Amp Guy: When should I replace the tubes in my amp?

A quick guide on how to gauge when the tubes in your amp are in need of swapping out.
steve grindrod

Legendary Marshall and Vox amp designer Steve Grindrod’s lifelong quest to craft the perfect...

We talk to one of the industry’s most experienced engineers to find out what life was like at the cutting edge of British valve amplification – and what he plans to do next.
Filipe Pampuri

Filipe Pampuri of Beetronics FX explains the buzz about his pedals

With stunning scuzzy sounds and equally stunning enclosures and build quality, Beetronics has become one of the hottest brands in the effects world. We chatted to the Los Angeles company’s affable head honcho, Filipe Pampuri.
Michael Swart of Swart Amplification

“We’ve always been about less-is-more”: Michael Swart’s amps are retro-modern works of art

The amp maker has earned a reputation for creating hand-made guitar amplifiers of style and substance. Find out more about the origins of the brand from the man himself.
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“I don’t want to become an endangered species”: Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy is a living legend of blues guitar, but despite his myriad plaudits and awards over the years, he remains a guitarist’s guitarist who only really cares about preserving and furthering the music he l oves.

Nik Azam of Ceriatone Amplification is not afraid of ruffling feathers

Britain and the US might traditionally be the homes of overdriven thermionics, but one maker in Malaysia has been satisfying countless guitarists’ quests for high-quality, hand-wired tone for a solid decade and a half. We talk to CeriaTone founder and proprietor Nik Azam to find out how it’s done…
dr z mike zaite

Paging the good Dr. Z, amp guru to Brad Paisley and Joe Walsh

Mike Zaite, the celebrated boutique-amp designer behind the fabled Dr. Z brand, talks 30 years of hand-wired creations, build quality and endorsements from star players.
Eric Gales

Interview: Eric Gales, more than just a blues guy

Since he was anointed the ‘next great bluesman’ while still a teenager, things have been far from smooth sailing for Eric Gales. At one point, it seemed as though drug and legal problems would derail his career but in 2017, he returned in stunning form, reminding listeners everywhere that he remains one of the most devastating blues guitarists on the planet. Now, refreshed and reinvigorated, Gales has decided it’s time to show the world how broad his horizons can be…
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