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Brian May’s 10 Best Solos

There are many guitarists with unique guitars created for them but there are far fewer who built those guitars themselves (aided by their father) long before they came to fame. It is also not very common to use a sixpenny coin as a plectrum and the list is reduced to a minimum if we are talking about guitarists capable of understanding what a...

10 ways to continue playing during your holidays

From Guitars Exchange we would like to offer you 10 ways for you to continue with your hobby of playing guitar and not ‘split temporarily’ because of the small amount of space in your suitcase.      We are going to give you five ways to plug your instrument in and five ways for your instrument to fit into your suitcase...

The 15 best slide solos

From the moment that Sylvester Weaver recorded for the first time with a slide in 1923, the technique of using a metallic object to press the strings of a guitar has gradually been perfected. These are some of the best examples of its use throughout history, in a list that is ordered chronologically.    Dark Was the Night, Cold...

The best moments of Jeff Beck on guitar

Jeff Beck is the guitarist’s guitarist. You only need to hear about him from giants like Clapton, Page (his predecessor and antecessor in the Yardbirds) or Steve Cropper to understand the incredible importance of Beck, possibly the most innovative guitarist in history (well, if we exclude that extraterrestrial who responds to the name of...

Rory Gallagher's finest moments

William Rory Gallagher (March 2, 1948 - June 14, 1995) was an Irish blues/rock multi instrumentalist and producer who reached the stars with his stellar style and energy, recognised the world over as one of the best guitarists ever to shred one. Through his time with Taste and to his solo albums in the 70s and 80s, he amassed over 30 million...

The 10 best Prince Solos

Prince did it all, and did it well, he could compose, produce, arrange, sing and play just about every instrument, and play them in the best possible way. As Sheryl Crow said, he could play the piano like Chick Corea or Herbie Hancock, pick up a bass and play like Larry Graham, and of course play the guitar like Jimi Hendrix or Buddy Guy. Possibly...

Noches del Botánico

Madrid summer nights are back to being a little less stifling thanks to the Noches del Botánico which present their 3rd edition in the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanic Garden from the Complutense University of Madrid between the 21st of June to the 29th of July. The lineup is once again a luxury with several unmissable gigs for electric guitar...

Roger Waters at the Madrid WiZink Center

A giant projection of a woman sitting facing the sea is our introduction to an unforgettable concert. It is a gig in which Roger Waters prepares to reclaim his legacy as one of the leading artists that rock has given us in the last 50 years. The image of the woman is prolonged for several minutes - hypnotic and relaxing at the same time. In...

Top 10 Rock Drummers - Keeping the beat with the best

What makes a great drummer? Dedication, discipline, a well crafted sense of time and meter, stamina, big ears, big arms, and great hair? Well, all of the above actually, especially when we talk about rock drummers, which is what we will do here in Guitars Exchange today. We have endeavoured to put a list of top 10 players, some obvious, some our...

Mad Cool Festival 2018

Mad Cool is an indie, rock, and electronic festival that began in Madrid in 2016 and is now a top annual fixture in Spain for music lovers.   Here Guitars Exchange takes a look at which top guitar bands to watch out for in the 12, 13 and 14 July 2018 edition, and why.   Few electric guitar lovers would pass up a chance...

The Most Important Guitarists of Bob Dylan’s Career

Today we want to pay tribute to possibly the most important figure in popular music of the 20th century, Bob Dylan. We will do so by concentrating on the most significant guitarists who played with him, mind you, putting together a short list proved almost impossible (almost all the big names have played with him) so we will focus on those who have...

The 10 Most Important Reggae Guitarists

This list should actually be called the most important guitarists of Jamaican music because there wouldn’t be reggae without the two styles that preceded it on the island: ska and rocksteady. Two styles that, like reggae, don’t centre on the guitar as the main piece in the band, but with the weight focussed on the rhythm section, especially the...

The Most Expensive Guitars in History

1. Fender Stratocaster 'Reach Out to Asia' Price: $2,700,000 The most expensive guitar in history doesn’t have much of a history behind it, it didn't appear in any special event in rock history, nor did it belong to any of the rock ‘Gods’, but we can give thanks to it being the most expensive for the worthiest of causes, to raise funds for...

The 10 Best songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival

John Fogerty is one of the best songwriters in the history of rock, he brought back the energy, simplicity, and straightforwardness of early rock & roll to a world that was beginning to stray from its origins due to the excesses of psychedelia. He was the frontman for Creedence Clearwater Revival for four of the most fertile years in the...

We Want The Funk: the 10 funkiest guitarists

“We want the funk, we need the funk” was sung by Parliament and George Clinton at the end of the70s, something like that is what happened to the world of music, it  witnessed a genre become the main reference to black American music from the end of the 60s to the start of the 80s, when hip-hop, built on its own  base, took its place...

Guitarists true to one guitar

Most of our idols, having lived at a time when music was a gigantic multi-millionaire business, ended up very rich, and some of us can ponder that having all that cash, allowing them  access to the finest guitars ever made, each of their collections would grow too big to fit in their mansions, right? Well many of them did just that, but...

The best moments of Eric Clapton as invited guest

No one doubts that Eric Clapton is one of the best and most important guitarists in history. The mark left by the Englishman through his time with the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos or alone has been felt by most rock guitarists in history. You just have to have a quick look at Guitars Exchange to see he...

The most fabled guitars that have changed hands

The Gibson Super 400: Scotty Moore (Scotty Moore / Elvis Presley / Reggie Young) Scotty Moore’s first Gibson Super 400, a model from 1956, arrived in January !957. With it, he would record the soundtracks from Elvis Presley best movies, like Jailhouse Rock and King Creole. This series of the Gibson would be what he used for the rest of his...

Ry Cooder as a session player: Top 10 moments

Ry Cooder is one of the best slide guitarists of all time. His unique, inimitable style makes him, arguably one of the four absolute pillars of this style together with Blind Willie Johnson (his biggest inspiration), Elmore James and Duane Allman. His work is linked to grassroots music, be it blues, folk, country, Tex-Mex, or Caribbean, with some...