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In The Style Of Ritchie Blackmore's Machine Head

We have already dedicated an exhaustive article to Ritchie Blackmore on the occasion of his birthday but this guy is so great we could dedicate one each and every day of the year.     This time we’re going to focus our effort on more than talking about his guitars, but knowing what kind of things were going on in the mind of the...

Top 10 progressive guitarists

Today we celebrate some of the world’s most remarkable progressive guitar players and the gear with which they reached the peak. We’ve chosen 10 masters at their craft, listed in no special order, it’s subjective afterall. But first, let’s define ‘progressive rock’. It is “a style of rock music popular especially in the 1970s and...

In The Style Of Carl Perkins

It was not too many weeks ago, when we were talking about the electric sound of Johnny Cash, that we took a brief look at today’s protagonist, Carl Perkins, an artist who although he accompanied the man in black on many occasions, deserves his own space among our list of legends as one of the pioneers of the style that upturned the XX...

The main figures in Chicago blues

Chicago is to blues what Brazil is to football, perhaps they didn’t invent it, but that’s where they best practised it. In the Chicago case their main figures were black emigrants from the South who went North to escape racial discrimination and lack of opportunities in what was known as the Great Migration. This is where the Delta blues was...

In The Style Of Warren Haynes

This week we focus on Warren Haynes and that means we are going to talk about tons of equipment used in each concert and specifically a lot of that tonnage is going to carry the logo of a certain brand that starts with 'G' and ends with 'Ibson'. Both in the Allman Brothers and in Gov't Mule Haynes mainly employs two Gibson Les Paul Standards...

Eric Clapton’s eight most famous guitars

The history of the electric guitar has many marked dates in its evolution and there may be no other guitarist who has starred more than our protagonist today, Eric Clapton. Since his appearance in the Yardbirds Clapton became the beacon of light for many subsequent British guitar players, but his enormous influence in the USA should not be ignored...

In the style of the 1986 Guns N’ Roses

The year 1986 was going to be a crucial year in the career of one of the most recent great rock bands in history, Guns N' Roses, a band that was the direct heirs of the giants of the previous decade, the golden times of the genre, and was responsible for carrying that torch until it was picked up by the ‘90s grunge generation. In 1986 Guns...

In The Style Of Paul Kossoff

The sound is in the hands. How many times have you heard someone say that? A lot of times right? Well, it's true. Only in some cases it is much more obvious than in others and, as could not be otherwise, our protagonist today is one of those who made it even more evident, since he belongs to that lineage of guitarists who seem to do nothing out...

David Gilmour’s best collaborations

David Gilmour is best known for his career in Pink Floyd but his wonderful guitar has appeared on countless songs by many other artists, from studio albums to live performances. From Guitars Exchange we would like to celebrate his 73th birthday by highlighting ten of the most interesting.   Syd Barrett - Baby Lemonade...

In The Style Of Lou Reed

Not everything in our lives has to be ‘guitar heros’ my friends; we also have to talk about immeasurable artists who, without being virtuoso guitarists, have changed our lives through the genius of their songs with a guitar on their backs downloading chords, melodies, and in the case of today’s protagonist, authentic nocturnal, bohemian and...

The most traumatic firings in rock history

Pete Best of the Beatles Popular wisdom often gives Ringo Starr the role of the luckiest man on planet Earth, which makes Pete Best one of the unluckiest, the man who stayed behind the doors of glory and saw his band members become the most famous band of all time. His entry into the band came by chance, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George...

The Electric Sound of Johnny Cash

The musical career of Johnny Cash is undoubtedly marked by his writing talent and his voice as deep as an ocean, but we all know, including himself, that without Luther Perkins at his side and his unmistakable rhythm pattern when it comes to playing country, his career may not have been as successful as it was....

Johnny Winter - Some of his best licks

The “Texas Tornado” Johnny Winter did to rock/blues what bees do to honey; make it dripping delicious. In a career that started in 1968, releasing almost twenty studio albums, and nine live copies, he played up until the very end of his life, in 2014, on tour in Zurich, where he was found dead in his hotel room, it was thought to have been a...

In The Style Of Tony Iommi

We delve this week into the sound of one of the key guitarists in the history of our favourite instrument, a guy who led the way for an entire generation and laid the foundations to what would be the new way to play hard rock in the 70s; an artist who became a vending machine of riffs, each more ingenious than the other, which were played not...

Do You Remember Rock'n'roll Radio?

The history of rock & roll cannot be told without its biggest ally, the radio. It was from its airwaves it got its name and where the public listened to Elvis and Chuck Berry, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for the first time. Radio was the propagator of the rock pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu, causing, for the first time, to break...

In The Style Of Brian Robertson

At Guitars Exchange we have realised that it is time to introduce, little by little, those guitarists who, maybe because of their name, we fail to identify at first but deserve a spot on our special altar of the electric guitar. Many of them are as big as the biggest names and as good as the best but, perhaps their fleeting time in successful bands...

In The Style Of Gary Moore

Sooner or later in this article we are going to end up talking about the most famous 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard of all time, which we have already talked about at length in Guitars Exchange, so let's say that right away so we can talk about some other guitars first. Gary Moore was fortunate to be recognized by Peter Green as his successor...

Special 60th anniversary of the ‘day the music died’

“A long long time ago I can still remember how That music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they'd be happy for a while But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step I can't remember if I cried When I...

Eddie Van Halen: A Treasure of Solos

Dutch/American rock giant Edward Lodewijk Van Halen or Eddie was the force behind his band Van Halen, together with his brother Alex on drums, bassman Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth. On their self-titled debut album Van Halen (1978) Eddie newly codified electric guitar playing with his amazing blend of tone, technique and unnatural...