Opinion

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.

“Guitars are back,” declares The New York Times – but did they ever leave?

Another entry into the “is the guitar dying?” saga.

How to get the Stevie Ray Vaughan tone on any budget

With the help of SRV expert and Peach Guitars head honcho John Priest, we’ve compiled the ultimate signal chain to get you sounding like SRV – whether you’re splashing the cash or keeping it tight.

Amplifier 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.

How a box-set binge turned me into a guitar detective

Like many of us, Michael James Adams found himself watching a lot of TV in the last few months – and one episode of Veronica Mars inspired him to become our very own guitar Columbo.

Why earplugs matter and a guide to getting a pair of your own

The best ways to protect a musician's most valuable assets: your ears.

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.

How listening to jazz trumpets improved my guitar improvisation

It’s easy to get stuck into well-worn clichés and patterns when we improvise, but listening to things that aren’t the guitar can help you break free.

Major Keys: The other things I learned because I learned guitar

The Aquabats! guitarist Ian Fowles on why there’s a lot more to playing guitar than just playing guitar.

Please stop telling me how cool it is when ‘chicks’ play guitar

Negative assumptions and stereotypes about female guitar players still persist in guitar culture. And we all have a responsibility to make these harmful and alienating attitudes a thing of the past.
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