Opinion

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.

Why Kraftwerk and Florian Schneider matter to all guitarists – no, really

In subtle ways, Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking synthpop wormed its way into guitar culture and tastes. With the passing of Florian Schneider, is it finally time to accept that the German band can be as important as Howlin’ Wolf in your playlist?

Amplifier FAQ: What is the difference between gain, overdrive, and distortion?

This month, Rift Amplification head honcho Chris Fantana explains the difference between gain, overdrive and distortion.

Major Keys: The eternal struggle between guitarist and sound engineer

In his latest column, guitarist Ian Fowles tells guitar players that they shouldn’t be afraid of turning it up loud – even if it causes a few conflicts.

Amplifier FAQ: When should I get my amplifier serviced?

In the latest instalment of his column, Rift Amplification’s Chris Fantana tackles the thorny issue of amp servicing.

Major Keys: Why being a good guitarist isn’t always enough

In his latest column for Guitar.com, Aquabats guitarist Ian Fowles shares his thoughts on why all the sweep-picking in the world can’t compete with a solid song.

Amp FAQ: What will I need to run an amplifier made in America into UK 240v mains supply?

This month, Rift’s head honcho Chris Fantana tackles the potentially explosive issue of international mains voltage variances.

Amp FAQ: What is speaker efficiency?

In the latest instalment of his amp advice column, Rift’s Chris Fantana turns his attention to speaker efficiency. Pardon?

Major Keys: The case for buying cheap, used and classic effects pedals

Aquabats! guitarist Ian Fowles argues that before you splurge on that fancy new boutique pedal you’ve been saving up for, maybe you should try something a little more humble.
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