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The 10 best solos of Neil Young

Neil Young is one of the greatest iconoclasts of the rock guitar, someone who has achieved his own sound that is far removed from conventionalism and traditional technique. If we focus only on technique we would have to say that he is a very limited guitarist but, thank God, music is much more than technique, and Young covers any deficiencies...

The 10 best Southern Rock bands

Rock and roll was born of mixed-race in the American South at the start of the 50s, and its main architects were southerners who mixed local sauce with blues, country or rhythm & blues, so that when at the start of the 70s people began to speak of Southern Rock, one of its main protaganists, Gregg Allman, said that to speak of it was...

The Axe Factory

The Guitars Exchange adventure started almost 3 years ago. A project borne out of the passion for guitars and with the vocation to keep the love alive for an object created to give us joy. From the moment we participated as spectators at the Holy Grail Guitar Show, not yet having launched our webpage, and getting in touch with many master luthiers,...

Impossible Collaborations

Water and oil, cat and mouse, or Rutger Hauer and Michelle Pffeifer in 'Ladyhawke'...there are certain things that are either made to go together, or not; but human beings, demonstrating their infinite capacity to go that one bit further, end up putting them together to see what results come up - even though the outcome is usually quite...

The 10 best solos in the career of Lou Reed

Lou Reed died four years ago, on 27 October 2013, but we can never forget one of the most important careers in the history of rock. As a small tribute, Guitars Exchange would like to revive some of the best guitar moments from his vast work. To that end, we have self-imposed a small rule, which is that we can only choose one solo per...

The 10 most legendary pedals in history and their reissue

Throughout the history of rock music and the electric guitar specifically, there have been certain sounds so incredibly ground breaking that any self respecting guitarist who has been hypnotized by them, knows the spell is not broken until he has managed to have that sound in his own pedalboard. We have tried to gather here ten of those pedals that...

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...