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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...

David Gilmour's 10 Best Solos

"Play what you feel. And forget everything else!" David Gilmour joined Pink Floyd by misfortune, the descent into madness by his friend Syd Barrett, but the mark he left on the band was big enough to crown him as one of the best guitarists of all time. His style is known for his expressiveness, his love for melody, his incredible ‘bendings’...

The Best Highlights of George Harrison on slide guitar

George Harrison was the lead guitarist of the most popular band of all time, something which makes him one of the most important guitarists of all time. Oddly enough, his most characteristic sound didn’t emerge until after the Beatles broke up. Harrison learned how to play slide while he was on a mini-tour with Delaney and Bonnie, near the end of...

GIG10 by GLB Sound

Based near Venice, Italy, GLB Sound is an artisan company that marries the arts of boutique tube design and traditional lutherie to produce a new experience in sound - the “tonewood” guitar amplifier. By exploiting the unique tonal character of different tonewoods, GLB Sound’s loudspeaker enclosures and amplifier cabinets become active...

Fabulous 1958

The electric guitar as a musical instrument is on its way to a century of existence, but it wasn’t until the 1950s when the real geniuses of design and construction made the models that have marked the history of popular music up to the present day. Yes my friends, we’re talking about the 50s from the last century, and still today a high...

Tony Iommi’s 10 best riffs

Tony Iommi is the most important guitarist in the history of ‘Heavy’, a genre that he created and defined with his monumental riffs for Black Sabbath. The Lord and Master of the Riff forged a new genre with his SG, becoming the key point of reference for all who came after him. These are our 10 favourite riffs from one of our favourite...

The best 10 solos by Mike Bloomfield

Mike Bloomfield is one of the best guitarists in history. Although his name doesn’t resonate as much as others, his contribution is fundamental when it comes to uniting blues and rock, being one of the few white guitarists who could play alongside the original bluesmen in the juke joints of Chicago. Yet, Bloomfield never was satisfied with merely...

Gary Moore: the songs, the solos, the style

Gary Moore (4 April 1952 - 6 February 2011), the Irish rocker/bluesman had a career that spanned over 4 decades, playing with such heavies as Thin Lizzy, Skid Row, and Colosseum II, and collaborating with greats such as B.B. King, Albert King, John Mayall, Jack Bruce, Albert Collins, George Harrison and Greg Lake, to name but a few. Ironically he...

Jazz: the best guitarists

Jazz has often been described as America's ‘classical’ music, having originated in New Orleans in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it grew out of blues and ragtime roots, became a major form of musical expression, characterised by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythm and improvisation. Our interest here is normally...

The Fathers of the Blues

Lead Belly (20 January, 1888 - 6 December,1949) The gigantic shadow that Lead Belly, born Huddie William Ledbetter January 20, 1888, left on 20th century music is as big as his own legend. From Tom Waits to Jack White, from Pete Seeger to John Fogerty, from Bob Dylan to Kurt Cobain (who, just before committing suicide, declared he was his...

Rockabilly Guitarists

Since January 19 is the 20th anniversary of Carl Perkins’ death, we here at Guitars Exchange would like to take the opportunity to talk about our favourite rockabilly guitarists, from the original poker hand of greats from the 50s, Perkins himself, Scotty Moore, Cliff Gallup, and James Burton; to the man who completed the four aces and a wild...