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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...

The 10 best studio solos of Jimi Hendrix

Guerrita the bullfighter, with his usual lack of modesty, explained the ranking of the bullfighting world at the end of the 19th century, "I the first, and after me, nobody", he ended the sentence with a "and after nobody, Fuentes". If Jimi Hendrix resuscitated in 2018 with the arrogance of the bullfighter he could endorse the phrase among...

A brief introduction to the Gibson ES series

In 1936 Gibson launched the ES-150 model on the market, and thus the ES Gibson series was born more than ¾ of a century ago, it’s probably the reason why Gibson means what it does today, and by the way, it is likely the series that brings together the most beautiful electric guitars ever created.   Those initials, ES, stand for Electric...

Aerosmith’s 10 best riffs

Aerosmith is the American hard rock band that has sold the most albums in the world; above bands like Metallica, Bon Jovi, Guns N 'Roses, Kiss and Van Halen. Steven Tyler’s band were formed in 1971 and reached a peak in the mid-70s with records like Toys In The Attic and Rocks. Their sound is a kind of mix between the dirty swagger of the...

PRS John Mayer Silver Sky

As many of you will know the relationship between John Mayer and the Fender company has not been the best in recent years. In this period we have seen the guitarist flirting with many different guitar brands to his once inseparable companion Fender Stratocaster. The main reason for these ‘dalliances’ may have to do with the guitarist's...

Best Slash solos

Between all those pointed and flashy guitars, ​​between enough lacquer to destroy the ozone layer and so much artificial pose, in the 80s Slash and Guns'N'Roses appeared to return to the best essence of classic hard rock once more. With his top hat and a tuft of hair that made it impossible to see the features of his face, Slash was a kind...

A World without Gibson is not a Better World

With everything that is going on in 2018, the big news from the electric guitar industry has been this whopper: Gibson is on the brink of bankruptcy. Others have delivered that message in an  even more apocalyptic version and have announced the end of the company, mentally flirting with their demise etc...The press generally likes the hype. We...

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...