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The best 10 solos by Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield is one of the best guitarists in history. Although his name doesn’t resonate as much as others, his contribution is fundamental when it comes to uniting blues and rock, being one of the few white guitarists who could play alongside the original bluesmen in the juke joints of Chicago. Yet, Bloomfield never was satisfied with merely...

Gary Moore: the songs, the solos, the style

Gary Moore (4 April 1952 - 6 February 2011), the Irish rocker/bluesman had a career that spanned over 4 decades, playing with such heavies as Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, and Colosseum II, and collaborating with greats such as B.B. King, Albert King, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins, George Harrison and Greg Lake, to name but a few. Ironically he...

Jazz: the best guitarists

Jazz has often been described as America's ‘classical’ music, having originated in New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it grew out of blues and ragtime roots, became a major form of musical expression, characterised by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythm and improvisation. Our interest here is normally...

The Fathers of the Blues

Lead Belly (20 January, 1888 - 6 December,1949) The gigantic shadow that Lead Belly, born Huddie William Ledbetter January 20, 1888, left on 20th century music is as big as his own legend. From Tom Waits to Jack White, from Pete Seeger to John Fogerty, from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain (who, just before committing suicide, declared he was his...

Rockabilly Guitarists

Since January 19 is the 20th anniversary of Carl Perkins’ death, we here at Guitars Exchange would like to take the opportunity to talk about our favourite rockabilly guitarists, from the original poker hand of greats from the 50s, Perkins himself, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, and James Burton; to the man who completed the four aces and a wild...

David Bowie and his guitarists

Now that 2 years have passed since David Bowie passed away, we at Guitars Exchange would like to pay homage to this rock god through some of the most important guitarists in his career, from fundamental Mick Ronson, to experimental Robert Fripp, and on to the blues flavour of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Mick Ronson Mick Ronson is not only the most...

The best solos of Thin Lizzy

Irish hard rockers Thin Lizzy put together 12 studio albums between 1971 and 1983. Their straightforward pounding style of rock influenced a generation of rockers such as Metallica, Alice in Chains, Mastodon, and Testament. They were one of the first bands to enlist 2 lead guitars and used the harmonized guitar style as their signature expression....

Our guitarists of the year 2017

2017 has finished and from Guitars Exchange we would like to say our farewells to the year by talking about what we like most; guitarists. We are going to focus on three who we have most enjoyed: a giant who has left us; one who still walks among us, and; one who aspires to carry the flame of rock music in these challenging times....

10 great valve combo guitar amps

There comes a time in the life of both amateur and professional guitarists, when after loading and unloading your gear for the millionth time, your back starts to beg you to shove your vintage 30 kilo head and ‘70s 4x12 cabinet where the sun doesn’t shine, and start to consider the health of your neck, spine and the rest...It is then that small...

Fender Blues Jr III

We have been asked to do the most difficult task of recommending a unique gift for this Christmas among the whole range of material that this marvelous world of electric guitars and bass guitars have to offer us. Anyway, the answer wasn’t as hard to find as first thought.   We recommend you the Fender Blues Jr. III:   We...

10 great alternative guitarists

We would like to take advantage of Tom Verlaine’s birthday to talk about various alternative guitarists. Specifically, about those upon whom was constructed the sound of alternative rock that ended up dominating the charts during the 90s. For that reason we have made a list with the 10 guitarists (to whom we have added another 10 below the...

Fender beyond the Strat/Tele duo

We are perhaps talking about the most famous brand of guitars and instruments in history and it’s quite tedious that within pop culture and the world of professional guitarists as well, just 2 of their models are the most seen, over and over again in advertisements, movies, rehearsal halls in your area, and in massive concerts. So today...

The Best Rhythm Guitarists

At first, when I thought about doing this special on rhythm guitarists, I thought about making a list of the top 10 (or rather, my 10 favourites) but it was impossible to narrow the list to just 10 names. In the end I pulled it off (now that I’ve already started, here they are:  Pete Townshend, Keith Richards, Tony Iommi, Nile Rodgers,...

10 Gibson’s under 1,000 euros

Gibson SG Fusion   A mahogany body and a maple neck on one of the cheapest Gibson’s that we can find on the market. It is part of the Gibson series S, at a price that has never been seen before. We still have not been able to try out the new pickups on it, the Double Slugs D, but for that price it makes you want to buy the guitar...

The 10 most amazing supergroups

The supergroups as such - a meeting of famous musicians - was something that began to be fashionable at the end of the 60s when in England those who believed they were the best guitarist, bassist and drummer of blues rock in the country came together, and gave themselves the name Cream. Clapton, Baker and Bruce decided that they were ‘the...

10 historic guitars under 1,000 euros

It is not only the expensive guitars that have marked six-strings’ world history. For that reason we wanted to offer you, in this list, the names of 10 guitars that are priced below a top limit of 1,000 euros (some of them well below) and that, for one reason or another, are deserving of the ‘historic’ adjective - either because of the...

The Top 10 Duane Allman Collaborations

I have always thought that when we speak of best guitarists, Hendrix is out of the conversation, he’s the best and the most important guitarist who ever lived, a kind of off-planet alien or mythical God who is one level above the others. But when I get asked who then is my favourite among the rest of the mortals, without a doubt, Duane Allman....

The 10 best solos of Neil Young

Neil Young is one of the greatest iconoclasts of the rock guitar, someone who has achieved his own sound that is far removed from conventionalism and traditional technique. If we focus only on technique we would have to say that he is a very limited guitarist but, thank God, music is much more than technique, and Young covers any deficiencies...

The 10 best Southern Rock bands

Rock and roll was born of mixed-race in the American South at the start of the 50s, and its main architects were southerners who mixed local sauce with blues, country or rhythm & blues, so that when at the start of the 70s people began to speak of Southern Rock, one of its main protaganists, Gregg Allman, said that to speak of it was...