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Outstanding Canadian Rock Bands

The Canadian rock music scene has been thriving over the last few decades but gets scant recognition due to all that noise south of the border, and from across the Atlantic with our British cousins. Today we will lift the hood and see what the Great White North has to offer rockwise and bandwise, to match already internationally famous solo acts...

70s Vs. 80s

The differences in sound that we can find and highlight in this article are endless, since the 70s and 80s, even if they are consecutive, in our wonderful world of the electric guitar they seem decades opposed to each other. If the passage from the 60s to the 70s had been mainly characterised by the technological development in the sound studio,...

Walter Trout - Live In Madrid

Beginnings, tremors, ecstasies, crazy solos without end, portents of tragedy, respect between voice and instruments, shouts, and even the structure of what is sung. When arthritis should be playing its role, the one who plays is Walter Trout.   On Wednesday, November 7, in the Mon room in Madrid, an old dude from New Jersey...

The 10 Greatest Female Guitarists

Which do you think it is easier for a music reviewer to do: try and independently choose the top 10 female guitarists in history or… throw themselves straight into a shark-infested pool?   Really, it is not so easy to decide between these two options, so this reviewer has decided to throw caution to the wind and use female...

In The Style Of Glenn Frey

The musical career of Glenn Frey was marked from the beginning by his objective to form a band similar to his idols Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, but the Eagles, who were the result of that obsession, didn’t end up sounding much like their heros, nonetheless what they did was to create one of the most successful American bands in history, and...

Ten great psychedelic solos to melt your brain

Light a little incense and prepare to melt your brain, at Guitars Exchange we have prepared a special in which you will enjoy some of the best examples of psychedelia, with ingredients like fuzz, wah, indian music, John Coltrane and LSD. We will focus on its classic period of splendor, from 1966-1969, here are ten technicolour trips in the...

In The Style Of Brad Paisley

We focus this week on the figure of a true ‘king of the record sales’ as far as this century goes, especially in his country of origin, the United States, which is mainly where they are still selling records at this stage of the game. Besides that commercial merit he has an added merit related to our wonderful world of the six strings, and...

Great guitarists under a pseudonym

Jimmy Page (appears as S. Flavius Mercurius) For too long Roy Harper was simply a footnote in rock history, his name was mentioned as a curiosity when they talked about how Led Zeppelin had dedicated him a song, Hats Off To (Roy) Harper, or how he recorded the lead vocal for Have a Cigar by Pink Floyd. But an album like Stormcock, released in...

In The Style Of Steve Lukather

Today we meet on the road a man who would be legendary simply because of the fact that he has played live with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo, and Aretha Franklin, for having recorded guitar work on the best records of Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones and Donna Summer, or for having cut and shared phrasing with some of his 6-string friends like...

The 10 Chuck Berry intros that every guitar player should learn

Chuck Berry's guitar is to rock & roll what Louis Armstrong's trumpet is to jazz; the load wall of the whole building, the fundamental piece on which everything else was built. There is no one, with a minimum of curiosity, who has not wanted to pick up a guitar and jump to emulate Berry, duck step included. His riffs and licks are the...

In The Style Of Bob Weir

We have to talk today about the dead, specifically one very alive, Bob Weir, the man who played 'the other' guitar of the Grateful Dead. Jerry Garcia had all the fame, and his death in 1995 made him forever a legend, while Bob Weir took all the girls (it seems an honor that no one in the band can argue with him). Weir has carried the legacy of...

The best moments of John Lennon on guitar

John Lennon said that if Harrison was the forgotten singer of the Beatles then he was the forgotten guitarist. In a certain way that it’s correct, when we think of the Beatles as musicians, there are always words for Harrison's creativity on guitar, for McCartney's fantastic bass lines (and for his celebrated guitar solos, such as on Taxman...

In The Style Of Sister Rosetta Tharpe

When in the year 2012 Brittany Howard introduced herself to the world leading her own band, the Alabama Shakes, with her Gibson SG hanging off her shoulder, her image caused a big impact among ordinary mortals. She was a robust black American woman who played guitar and sang her own songs that captured the attention onstage of a band that was far...

10 great acoustic guitarists

Taking advantage of the upcoming birthday of our beloved Bert Jansch, we are going to make a short list of great acoustic guitarists. We will choose guitarists whose main instrument was/is the acoustic, so we will leave aside people as apt as Jimmy Page and Richard Thompson, who are related or close to the world of rock or similar genres (blues,...

Old Fender Vs New Fender

Taking advantage of the fact that we are celebrating the birthday of Stevie Ray Vaughan, one of the greatest legends in the history of the electric guitar, more specifically the Fender Stratocaster model, and one of the main people responsible for the revaluation of the Strats in the 1960s, we are going to try to throw a little light for the...

Luthier Guitar Show

Being dedicated to the world of guitars over the last few years, one of the great efforts made at Guitars Exchange has been to try to cover not only massive fairs like NAMM in Los Angeles, but also to take a closer look at initiatives and fairs that are smaller, and ‘more human’, with special attention - and affection - to those events where...

The 10 best Led Zeppelin songs

Trying to sum up a career as gigantic as that of Led Zeppelin in just 10 songs is, besides being impossible, really painful. Leaving out monuments on which hard rock was once built like Black Dog, and Good Times Bad Times, songs so complex and marvelous such as The Rain Song and Over The Hills and Far Away, epics like In My Time of Dying and Since...

In The Style Of Roy Buchanan

We focus this week on what was probably the most argued about absence on our 'Masters of the Telecaster' list: Roy Buchanan. You asked for it, you demanded it, some of you might have even got pissed off about it ... and we feel it a lot. Consequently, we promised you an 'In the style of', not to seek forgiveness for our profanity but at least...

Nuno Bettencourt's pedalboard

We are going to focus this article on the pedals of one of the most acclaimed guitarists in the last 30 years. We’re talking about a guy idolised by the masses, but we want to emphasise especially the name he’s made for himself among his kind, which is to say, he is one of the most supported guitarists among the egos of guitar heroes in the...