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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...

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...

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...

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...

George Harrison’s best solos with the Beatles

George Harrison was always known as the shy, or the quiet, Beatle; but he never was when it came to the guitar. As a child he had a real obsession with the instrument and used to happily draw Gretschs in his notebook while the teacher gave the lesson. When he was 14 years old Paul McCartney introduced him to John Lennon, who was three years...

Special 50th anniversary of the White Album

The Beatles had been on top of the world since 1963, having been at the head of all the pop music revolutions in recent years. Sgt. Pepper’s had been the coup de grace. The whole world admired them and paid homage to them but one fact was going to change their destiny forever. While visiting Wales to meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi they got word that...

Outstanding Canadian Rock Bands

The Canadian rock music scene has been thriving over the last few decades but gets scant recognition due to all that noise south of the border, and from across the Atlantic with our British cousins. Today we will lift the hood and see what the Great White North has to offer rockwise and bandwise, to match already internationally famous solo acts...

70s Vs. 80s

The differences in sound that we can find and highlight in this article are endless, since the 70s and 80s, even if they are consecutive, in our wonderful world of the electric guitar they seem decades opposed to each other. If the passage from the 60s to the 70s had been mainly characterised by the technological development in the sound studio,...

Walter Trout - Live In Madrid

Beginnings, tremors, ecstasies, crazy solos without end, portents of tragedy, respect between voice and instruments, shouts, and even the structure of what is sung. When arthritis should be playing its role, the one who plays is Walter Trout.   On Wednesday, November 7, in the Mon room in Madrid, an old dude from New Jersey...

The 10 Greatest Female Guitarists

Which do you think it is easier for a music reviewer to do: try and independently choose the top 10 female guitarists in history or… throw themselves straight into a shark-infested pool?   Really, it is not so easy to decide between these two options, so this reviewer has decided to throw caution to the wind and use female...

Ten great psychedelic solos to melt your brain

Light a little incense and prepare to melt your brain, at Guitars Exchange we have prepared a special in which you will enjoy some of the best examples of psychedelia, with ingredients like fuzz, wah, indian music, John Coltrane and LSD. We will focus on its classic period of splendor, from 1966-1969, here are ten technicolour trips in the...

Great guitarists under a pseudonym

Jimmy Page (appears as S. Flavius Mercurius) For too long Roy Harper was simply a footnote in rock history, his name was mentioned as a curiosity when they talked about how Led Zeppelin had dedicated him a song, Hats Off To (Roy) Harper, or how he recorded the lead vocal for Have a Cigar by Pink Floyd. But an album like Stormcock, released in...

The 10 Chuck Berry intros that every guitar player should learn

Chuck Berry's guitar is to rock & roll what Louis Armstrong's trumpet is to jazz; the load wall of the whole building, the fundamental piece on which everything else was built. There is no one, with a minimum of curiosity, who has not wanted to pick up a guitar and jump to emulate Berry, duck step included. His riffs and licks are the...

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...

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,...

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...