Opinion

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.

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.
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