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Steve Vai, The solos of a genius

In the electric guitar world there are few who wouldn’t consider Steve Vai as the pre-eminent virtuoso of our times; a walking legend consumed by an internal force of creativity and skill that only few mortals enjoy. At 12 he was learning technique from one Joe Satriani, at 20 was accepted into madman/genius Frank Zappa’s band where he became a...

In The Style Of Bo Diddley

This week we have to talk about one of the most interesting figures in the history of primitive Rock and Roll and, consequently, Rock in general. He is a special and unique artist due to two marked signs of distinction in his music since his beginnings. The first of them is that rhythm of five accents that has accompanied us since he released...

Britpop's fundamental guitar players

If we had to draw a robot portrait of a ‘Britpop' guitarist it would end up looking something like a mix between a mod and a football hooligan, have a Gibson ES-335 or a 355 painted with the Union Jack around its neck, be playing some power chords taken from the notebook of some legendary British band like the Kinks, the Small Faces or the...

In The Style Of John Fogerty

If last week we were talking about Mr. Pete Townshend and made a summary of his most outstanding gear, this week it’s time to put an opponent at this level in the other corner of this boxing ring called Rock and Roll that we like so much. So ladies and gentlemen, with jeans, checkered shirt and a voice that is a sound in itself, let's give a big...

In The Style Of Pete Townshend

We focus this week on one of the key figures upon which the hegemony of the electric guitar has been forged in popular music from the early 60s to the end of the 20th century: Pete Townshend.   For the person who writes these lines he is the most important guitarist in the history of rock music if we leave solos aside or, to put it...

The Amazing Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp, King Crimson’s headliner, had a tone-deaf ear when he started playing at age 11, which has served him well, for he is famous for his cross-picking, with roots in avant-garde jazz and classical veins. He has amassed over 700 releases over 40 years, including contributions on classic progressive rock albums such as David Bowie’s...

In The Style Of Mike Oldfield

Mike Oldfield covers so many decades, styles and sounds that making a list of the gear he has used or that has been characteristic to his discography is a hard nut to crack for this piece… but we’ll give it our best shot. We’re going to ignore his basses, keyboards, synthesisers, and all the wind instruments that don’t fit with our...

Rock stars behind bars

On May 3, 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested as soon as he arrived at Toronto airport, in his suitcase there was found heroin and hashish. The biggest guitarist of all time was released two days later after posting bail of $ 10,000 and declaring, a few minutes before giving a concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens, that he did not know how the drug...

In The Style Of Dave Mason

Let’s get into his background before proceeding with today’s subject because there may be some who don’t really know who Dave Mason is...so take note.       We could simply say that he was the original guitarist for Traffic, that band from the late 60s where together with one Steve Winwood, Mason gave us...

In The Style Of Otis Rush

If last week we told you that Albert King was a lefty who played a right-handed guitar by simply turning it around to accommodate it so his right hand was used to slide down the neck which made him unique, I think it is fair to say that today’s protagonist, Otis Rush is exactly the same, making him equally exceptional.   And obviously, if...

Mick Ronson’s 10 best solos

Mick Ronson is remembered as David Bowie’s right hand man in his period of 'Glam' splendor, which is understandable if we consider that his guitar can be heard on masterpieces of the caliber of Hunky Dory or The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars; but Ronson is much more than that. He is, quite simply, one of the most...

In The Style Of Albert King

It may be that Mr. B.B. King gets world fame and deservedly so, recognised as the greatest bluesman of all time; and it may be that if you're going to buy just one blues record in your life, it’s a wise choice to get something by B.B. King. But if the blues comes calling at your door for a second time, if you feel the slightest interest in this...

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...