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David Gilmour’s best collaborations

David Gilmour is best known for his career in Pink Floyd but his wonderful guitar has appeared on countless songs by many other artists, from studio albums to live performances. From Guitars Exchange we would like to celebrate his 73th birthday by highlighting ten of the most interesting.   Syd Barrett - Baby Lemonade...

The most traumatic firings in rock history

Pete Best of the Beatles Popular wisdom often gives Ringo Starr the role of the luckiest man on planet Earth, which makes Pete Best one of the unluckiest, the man who stayed behind the doors of glory and saw his band members become the most famous band of all time. His entry into the band came by chance, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George...

Johnny Winter - Some of his best licks

The “Texas Tornado” Johnny Winter did to rock/blues what bees do to honey; make it dripping delicious. In a career that started in 1968, releasing almost twenty studio albums, and nine live copies, he played up until the very end of his life, in 2014, on tour in Zurich, where he was found dead in his hotel room, it was thought to have been a...

Do You Remember Rock'n'roll Radio?

The history of rock & roll cannot be told without its biggest ally, the radio. It was from its airwaves it got its name and where the public listened to Elvis and Chuck Berry, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones for the first time. Radio was the propagator of the rock pneumonia and the boogie woogie flu, causing, for the first time, to break...

Special 60th anniversary of the ‘day the music died’

“A long long time ago I can still remember how That music used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they'd be happy for a while But February made me shiver With every paper I'd deliver Bad news on the doorstep I couldn't take one more step I can't remember if I cried When I...

Eddie Van Halen: A Treasure of Solos

Dutch/American rock giant Edward Lodewijk Van Halen or Eddie was the force behind his band Van Halen, together with his brother Alex on drums, bassman Michael Anthony and singer David Lee Roth. On their self-titled debut album Van Halen (1978) Eddie newly codified electric guitar playing with his amazing blend of tone, technique and unnatural...

The Beatles on the Rooftop

This week instead of focussing on the long career of an artist, we’re going to turn our attention to some very concrete temporal space coordinates: those of the morning of January 30, 1969 on the roof of #3 Avile Road in London. This would be where the Beatles would play their first gig in years, and even more significant, the last of their...

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...