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Johnny Winter - Some of his best licks

The “Texas Tornado” Johnny Winter did to rock/blues what bees do to honey; make it dripping delicious. In a career that started in 1968, releasing almost twenty studio albums, and nine live copies, he played up until the very end of his life, in 2014, on tour in Zurich, where he was found dead in his hotel room, it was thought to have been a...

In The Style Of Tony Iommi

We delve this week into the sound of one of the key guitarists in the history of our favourite instrument, a guy who led the way for an entire generation and laid the foundations to what would be the new way to play hard rock in the 70s; an artist who became a vending machine of riffs, each more ingenious than the other, which were played not...

Do You Remember Rock'n'roll Radio?

The history of rock & roll cannot be told without its biggest ally, the radio. It was from its airwaves it got its name and where the public listened to Elvis and Chuck Berry, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for the first time. Radio was the propagator of the rock pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu, causing, for the first time, to break...

In The Style Of Brian Robertson

At Guitars Exchange we have realised that it is time to introduce, little by little, those guitarists who, maybe because of their name, we fail to identify at first but deserve a spot on our special altar of the electric guitar. Many of them are as big as the biggest names and as good as the best but, perhaps their fleeting time in successful bands...

In The Style Of Gary Moore

Sooner or later in this article we are going to end up talking about the most famous 1959 Gibson Les Paul Standard of all time, which we have already talked about at length in Guitars Exchange, so let's say that right away so we can talk about some other guitars first. Gary Moore was fortunate to be recognized by Peter Green as his successor...

Special 60th anniversary of the ‘day the music died’

“A long long time ago I can still remember how That music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they'd be happy for a while But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step I can't remember if I cried When I...

Eddie Van Halen: A Treasure of Solos

Dutch/American rock giant Edward Lodewijk Van Halen or Eddie was the force behind his band Van Halen, together with his brother Alex on drums, bassman Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth. On their self-titled debut album Van Halen (1978) Eddie newly codified electric guitar playing with his amazing blend of tone, technique and unnatural...

The Beatles on the Rooftop

This week instead of focussing on the long career of an artist, we’re going to turn our attention to some very concrete temporal space coordinates: those of the morning of January 30, 1969 on the roof of #3 Avile Road in London. This would be where the Beatles would play their first gig in years, and even more significant, the last of their...

In The Style Of Luis Alberto Spinetta

In the nation of football gods the most unbridled passions for artists also occur, there are those who praise them and those who bury them in life. Our hero today is unanimously praised for his figure and his work...which isn’t easy being a staunch supporter of River Plate in a nation, Argentina, and a city Buenos Aires, divided by the eternal...

Mick Taylor’s best solos

Mick Taylor was technically the best guitarist who passed through the Rolling Stones - doing solos that Keith Richards, Brian Jones and Ron Wood could only dream of - but his personality did not suit the band, and eventually that led to his departure. However, few would argue that his years in the Stones (1969-74) coincided with the band’s...

In The Style Of 'Fast' Eddie Clarke

There are two bands that principally marked the career of 'Fast' Eddie Clarke - Motörhead and Fastway - and there are two guitars that are also key in both bands’ discography.    The first, and perhaps the most important guitar in his life, is the 1972 Gibson Les Paul Deluxe that he bought new in that same year for just...

Fender buys Bigsby

The red hot news in the electric guitar industry this week has been led by the American giant Fender and one of the most recognized and recognizable component brands in the world, the - also American - Bigsby.    The first question that came to mind at Guitars Exchange was: but didn’t Fender already own this brand (that is...

Ozzy Osbourne’s Iconic Axemen

Ozzy Osbourne had incredible persuasive talents and the good fortune to attract some very fine guitar players to join his lineup in his solo career after Black Sabbath. Here we will put together a list of some of the shredders he employed and had an impact on his work. (in no particular order) Randy Rhoads Rhoads was a giant force in...

The guitars in Elvis Presley’s music

As we enter the world of who without any doubt is the best singer in the history of modern music (Author's note: I am looking forward to reading your comments on this statement), it is necessary to talk about three people who have to be mentioned from 1954, when Elvis joins Sun Studio in Memphis for the first time, until his death in...

Top 10 bass players in history

Ladies and gentlemen, we here at Guitars Exchange are going into a predicament which is likely difficult to sort. Why? Because we have decided to launch on the web our list of top 10 bass players in history. This list, like all lists, relates to a very special time frame, which correspond to the present, the time when this piece is written; it’s...

KD Guitars & Basses

SIX STRINGS...   1. GUITARS EXCHANGE: How did you end up becoming, or starting out as, a luthier?   KOSTADIN DIMITROV: Since I was a kid I loved to do things with my hands. I remember the wooden spoon I crafted long before I started learning how to ride a bicycle, the dog house I built with my uncle... It seems somehow I...

That's a guitar collection!

At Guitars Exchange we have been lucky to have been invited to the home that has one of the largest private guitar collections in Spain, and also have been able to take advantage of the kindness of the owner of this treasure, as he has allowed us to play with (rather than test) some of them.   The ambience was one of old...

In The Style Of Alvin Lee

1969. Woodstock. A guy named Alvin Lee climbs up on stage with his band Ten Years After and a Gibson ES-335 modified with a single coil pickup between his two PAFs on the stage of the most iconic concert in the history of humanity to give 400,000 people a Rock and Roll lesson in passion and devilish technique. A year later, in 1970, the film...

Keith Richards’ 10 Best Riffs

Keith Richards is the heart of the Rolling Stones and, besides being the architect of their sound, defined by some of the best riffs in history. If in other bands one follows the drummer - in the Stones, according to Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, one follows the guitar of Keith Richards. ‘Keef’ has always placed a well...