Opinion

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.

What it takes to make it as a guitar player in Nashville

Swedish guitarist David Henriksson explains how he managed to work his way to the heart of Nashville's notoriously competitive scene and the lessons he learned along the way.

Amplifier FAQ: Will I damage my tube amp by not using the standby switch?

Rift’s Chris Fantana tackles one of the most misunderstood switches in all of guitardom.

Amplifier FAQ: Is it safe to plug 6L6 valves into a 6V6-powered circuit?

In the latest instalment of his amp-advice column, Rift mainman Chris Fantana deals with the hot topic of bottle swapping.

Major Keys: Why you should always play guitar while watching TV

In the first edition of his new column for Guitar.com, The Aquabats! guitarist Ian Fowles makes the case for why being a couch-potato can be a great thing for practice and inspiration.
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