Chris Fantana

Amp FAQ: Fender black-panel Bassman refurb

Rift Amps head honcho Chris Fantana gives a neglected classic some much-needed love.

Amp FAQ: What is a cap job and what do filter caps do?

Over time, many tube amplifiers end up suffering from bulging, leaky capacitors and it can make them noisy or unusable.

Amp FAQ: How do I build a Gibson EH-185 clone from scratch? (Part Four)

Rift main man Chris Fantana’s EH-185 clone project draws to a close. Time to fire it up…

Amp FAQ: How do I build a Gibson EH-185 clone from scratch? (Part Three)

The Gibson EH-185 clone build inches closer to completion in part three of our attempt at tackling this pre-war circuit.

Amp FAQ: How do I build a Gibson EH-185 clone from scratch? (Part Two)

Chris Fantana’s Gibson EH-185 clone build progresses to the chassis.

Amp FAQ: How do I build a Gibson EH-185 clone from scratch?

This month, a reader’s question about a pre-war Gibson amp gives Chris Fantana an excuse to get out his soldering iron.

Amp FAQ: What are tube amplifier classes?

A working class hero is something to be, but a working knowledge of amplifier classes is not be sniffed at either. Rift head honcho Chris Fantana gets technical.

Amp FAQ: Can vintage guitar amps be dangerous?

Can vintage guitar amps be dangerous? Rift main-man Chris Fantana explains what needs to be done to make old tube amps safe.

Amp FAQ: How do Leslie cabinets work?

This month: the head-spinning world of rotating speaker cabinets explained.

Amplifier FAQ: Can you recommend an affordable solid-state amp for home use?

Rift main man Chris Fantana checks out a cheap and cheerful 1980s solid-state amp that may be ideal for the modern era.
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