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The 10 bands with the best guitarists in history

Guitars Exchange would like to make a brief review of bands that have had the most and best guitarists. For that purpose we have made a few small rules, with bands that had a minimum of three guitarists, who were permanent members, and who were not only guests or session musicians.     10. Steely Dan   We...

Chuck Berry and his disciples

Chuck Berry was a pioneer of rock and roll that left a heavy fingerprint on everything he touched. He developed R&B into the elements that make rock rock, with lyrics aimed at the youth of the 50s, describing teen dances, high school life, fast cars and a consumer culture. Leonard Cohen once quipped, “All of us are footnotes to the words of...

5 Indispensable Classics

Ibanez Tubescreamer TS9 An authentic classic of the overdrives, used by an endless number of guitarists for decades. The perfect travel companion to “piss off” that clean sound of your amp. Specifically the one in the video has been modified as you can see a TS9, but with the legendary JRC 4558 chip used in the original TS-808, and also with...

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin died from a drug overdose 47 years ago this week, at 27, joining a long list of musicians who also died of some ‘misadventure’ at the same age, forming the infamous  27 Club, including people like Jim Morrison, Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones and Kurt Cobain. Joplin was an often misunderstood artist, a troubled...

The marvellous and mad world of acoustic guitars

This week we are going to focus on the marvellous and mad world of acoustic guitars. Marvellous because without doubt it is fascinating to see so clearly (without electronics in the way) how the woods, components and the way the guitars are manufactured give a particular character to the chords and notes that we play on them; and mad because...

The 10 greatest Telecaster guitarists

The Fender Telecaster is one of the biggest selling legendary guitars in history. The importance of its sound stretches from the most primitive blues of the 50s to indie, which reigns today, passing through each and every one of the styles that have arisen. It has also been represented in the majority of the great ‘references’ of...

The 10 best Jimi Hendrix covers

On September 18, 1970, Jimi Hendrix was found dead by drowning in his own vomit in the Hotel Samarkand, at 22 Lansdowne Crescent, in Notting Hill. The man who had a leading role in the ‘big bang’ of the electric guitar and had become the definitive rock star had died. In little over three years of a career as a soloist, he turned the rock world...

B.B. King's best collaborations

B.B. King - had it all, did it all, loved by all Riley B. King, (September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015), known as the Beale Street Blues Boy, then Blues Boy and then simply B.B., brought the Delta Mississippi blues into the light over a rough but glorious career, from the “dirt floor, smoke in the air” juke joints of the South to the concert...

Queen at Live Aid 1985

On July 13, 1985 the world witnessed the biggest satellite-broadcast musical event of all time with Live Aid, a dual venue benefit concert staged in London’s Wembley Stadium, 72,000 in attendance, and John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia with 100,000 people. The aim was to help raise funds for the famine in Ethiopia. It was organised by Bob...

Pat Metheny - Live in Madrid 2017

Question and Answer is what one of Pat Metheny’s songs recites and that is precisely what the guitarist seems to do along with his wonderful drummer Antonio Sanchez for many parts of the concert, asking and answering almost telepathically, having a high flying musical conversation as though they were talking Einstein’s relativity theory....

The Holy Grail Guitar Show (2016)

A few days have passed since the 3rd edition of The Holy Grail Guitar Show that took place in Berlin the weekend of the 8-9 of October, and we're still feeling the 'intoxication' left over only after a great party. Whereas in the first edition, back in 2014, one could feel the tension of the opening, and in last year’s there was more...

The NAMM Show 2016

Report's coming soon...

Six-String Legends

“What I would always look for on a Strat was a maple neck that had been worn out. It was like a restaurant: if it has lots of people in there, it’s got to be good food”- Eric Clapton   The word is round, just like the well-played notes on a fine guitar. The world is round and paradoxical, full of nooks and crannies where...

Meet & Jam

One of our favorite heroes, Joe Walsh, repeats the same advice whenever he can: plug in your guitar and play! Perhaps the problem is just this one: to find the perfect musicians to jam with. But with 'whom' is not the only problem...there comes the 'when', 'where', etc. Surfing the web, we discovered Meet&Jam, a British startup that...

The Holy Grail Guitar Show

In November 1989, East Berlin marched through the Brandenburg Gate, legitimately re-joining its sinful other half in the west. During the silver wedding anniversary of this coming together, we find ourselves in the spectacular Hotel Estrel, the temple that is to play host to the Holy Grail Guitar Show, the first meeting organized by the...

International Guitar Fair (Malaga, Spain)

Malaga, Spain, in mid-September is a real poem: its climate, vegetation, carriages through the streets of downtown... On the roof of the hotel next to the cathedral you can have a couple of gin tonics -actually a delicious characterization of liquid art expression- looking at the horizon, at the endless sea.The...

A walk in the wood

Any guitarist will tell you that wood is alive. That even the best examples go out of tune with a change in weather, even by just lying in its case, that a body gets hotter with the passing of time. Its grain more tactile, its curves easier on the hands. Anyone knows that wood is alive, but how much life it has to give is something that nobody...