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Christmas Special

Christmas is now being smelled, felt and even celebrated around us, so at Guitars Exchange we have made a list of juicy gifts for you to give to someone else, or to keep for yourself, because we know that this year you have all behaved marvellously well; at least those of you who are part of our family of more than 61,000 crazy devotees of the...

In The Style of Frank Zappa

This week we delve into one of the most brilliant creative minds the 21st century has ever seen; a guy so above the average he had to take everything around him with a little humour to be able to cope. It may even be that he was so great that he ended up being excessive, but both things can coexist, in fact they did in good old Frank Zappa. Go ask...

George Harrison’s best solos with the Beatles

George Harrison was always known as the shy, or the quiet, Beatle; but he never was when it came to the guitar. As a child he had a real obsession with the instrument and used to happily draw Gretschs in his notebook while the teacher gave the lesson. When he was 14 years old Paul McCartney introduced him to John Lennon, who was three years...

Special 50th anniversary of the White Album

The Beatles had been on top of the world since 1963, having been at the head of all the pop music revolutions in recent years. Sgt. Pepper’s had been the coup de grace. The whole world admired them and paid homage to them but one fact was going to change their destiny forever. While visiting Wales to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi they got word that...

In The Style of Joe Walsh

If a couple of weeks ago we entered into the acoustic sound of the Eagles to talk about Glenn Frey’s guitars this week we have to talk about the electric sound of that band and celebrate with these lines the birthday of the guy who gave them the ‘rocker punch’ that the Angelenos needed to finally take over the charts. The one in charge...

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,...