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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...

The 10 best studio solos of Jimi Hendrix

Guerrita the bullfighter, with his usual lack of modesty, explained the ranking of the bullfighting world at the end of the 19th century, "I the first, and after me, nobody", he ended the sentence with a "and after nobody, Fuentes". If Jimi Hendrix resuscitated in 2018 with the arrogance of the bullfighter he could endorse the phrase among...

A brief introduction to the Gibson ES series

In 1936 Gibson launched the ES-150 model on the market, and thus the ES Gibson series was born more than ¾ of a century ago, it’s probably the reason why Gibson means what it does today, and by the way, it is likely the series that brings together the most beautiful electric guitars ever created.   Those initials, ES, stand for Electric...

Bargains and Remnants

Here you will find a selection of bargains, remnants, phase-out models and returned items from Thomann current catalogue. Each week Guitars Exchange will select a dozen products for you among those that most attract our attention; all, of course, covered by the Thomann guarantee. There will be instruments for all pockets...

Aerosmith’s 10 best riffs

Aerosmith is the American hard rock band that has sold the most albums in the world; above bands like Metallica, Bon Jovi, Guns N 'Roses, Kiss and Van Halen. Steven Tyler’s band were formed in 1971 and reached a peak in the mid-70s with records like Toys In The Attic and Rocks. Their sound is a kind of mix between the dirty swagger of the...

In The Style Of Joe Perry

Do you recall our article on guitarists who use just one guitar? Well, we didn’t mention Joe Perry there, that’s for sure, and for obvious reasons. There aren’t enough trucks on the planet to load all his guitars and amps that he takes on the road with Aerosmith. He’s definitely not good at choosing; he wants them all, and he has them...

PRS John Mayer Silver Sky

As many of you will know the relationship between John Mayer and the Fender company has not been the best in recent years. In this period we have seen the guitarist flirting with many different guitar brands to his once inseparable companion Fender Stratocaster. The main reason for these ‘dalliances’ may have to do with the guitarist's...

Vila Custom Guitars & Basses

SIX-STRINGS...       1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up (or begin) being a luthier? DIEGO VILA: Many years ago my bass guitar broke and I thought about trying to repair it. The process got me more and more into the details, studying, and finally I came across a luthier whom I still have a relationship with...

In The Style Of Freddie King

We’re back from vacation with an authentic giant, in every sense of the word, the most visceral blues ever created and which, in case you hadn’t guessed yet, it’s the only blues we like. And we like Freddie King... a lot. There are many guitarists from the 60s who took him as their unknown teacher, starting with Mr. Eric Clapton, followed by...

Best Slash solos

Between all those pointed and flashy guitars, ​​between enough lacquer to destroy the ozone layer and so much artificial pose, in the 80s Slash and Guns'N'Roses appeared to return to the best essence of classic hard rock once more. With his top hat and a tuft of hair that made it impossible to see the features of his face, Slash was a kind...

A World without Gibson is not a Better World

With everything that is going on in 2018, the big news from the electric guitar industry has been this whopper: Gibson is on the brink of bankruptcy. Others have delivered that message in an  even more apocalyptic version and have announced the end of the company, mentally flirting with their demise etc...The press generally likes the hype. We...

In The Style Of Buddy Guy

Today, ladies and gentlemen, we give you a guy who has played with Junior Wells, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Sonny Boy Williamson and Little Walter, among many other real blues legends and has been one of the main or the main influence for Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix. Are we exaggerating? Not at all, we are talking...