Ryan 'Fluff' Bruce talks Riffs, Beards & Gear's YouTube success, Dragged Under and the marginal difference between mid-level and boutique gear

Ryan "Fluff" Bruce of Riffs, Beards & Gear
(Image credit: Steffan Frisque)

With hundreds of thousands of subscribers and followers on YouTube and Instagram driving millions of views per video, it wouldn’t be unreasonable to call Ryan ‘Fluff’ Bruce a modern-day guitar star. 

The Seattle-based host of Riffs, Beards & Gear has demoing equipment for the last decade or so and with great success, combining his knowledge of all things guitar-related with high production values and - perhaps most importantly of all - a good sense of humor...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).