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In The Style of Les Paul

So maybe you’re less than 30 years old, you are a millennial and you don’t yet know that the lovely signature on the head of your precious Gibson Les Paul isn’t exactly the president of the company, but rather it belongs to the man who designed it over 60 years ago. And it might even surprise you if I say that he was not just one of greatest...

In The Style of Matt Bellamy

The detail; without doubt in the really classic guitarists we like the detail. That's why we can melt, discuss, repeat over and over again and speak for hours about one or two notes by Albert King while sometimes overlook the incredible things that a guy like Matt Bellamy does in each song he plays. It should also be mentioned that he does...

In The Style of Tom Morello

We have read so much over the years about the evolution of the electric guitarist and specifically about whether the evolution of this specimen has long since reached its splendor and now we all are just satisfied sounding more or less the same as our favourite legends...well, the case of Mr. Tom Morello makes it clear that there is light  at...

In The Style of Rich Robinson

In the midst of the grunge explosion in the early 90s, there was a band that focused its style, its sound and its compositions on returning to the roots of the then forgotten American Rock and Roll of the 70s, the one that had given way to heavy metal first and later the more than questionable style full of hair full of lacquer and albums...

In The Style of Robert Fripp

Welcome to the mother ship. We speak today of one of the main culprits of a very serious crime: the crime of having "forced" the ordinary guitarist to transport kilos and kilos of equipment to their concerts. If last week we talked about Muddy Waters and his ‘primitive stage style’ - using just a cable to plug his guitar into his amplifier...

In The Style of Joe Bonamassa

We could have in front of us the complete ‘world catalogue’ of guitars, grab an innocent hand, tell that person to choose three or four random models and probably they would be three or four models that have passed through the hands of Joe Bonamassa, perhaps the current guitarist most linked to the world of collecting – and a man who...

In The Style Of Muddy Waters

This week we focus on the style of one of the founding fathers of everything we know as rock today. Very few figures in the history of music are mentioned as many times as a vital influence in the careers of our idols as this incredible bluesman named Muddy Waters, possessor of a truth that can almost be felt when you hear him singing or,...

In The Style of Peter Frampton

From an 18-year-old who, with the help of Steve Marriott, was to become the guitarist of one of the bands that most forcefully waved the ‘Hard Rock flag’ of the late 60s and early 70s to the gentleman with white hair who we can continue to see today on stage there are many differences, but during this ‘temporary ellipsis’ there is...

In The Style Of Ritchie Blackmore

Man in black, the warlock, the dark wizard of the Olympus of electric guitars; call him what you like, but do not think that we’re talking of fairy tales and of spells that exist only in fables, but rather this gent named Ritchie Blackmore has earned all these nicknames because what he does with his guitar is real magic, the true kind that you...

In The Style Of Brian Setzer

Today we turn to a unique kind of guitarist or, to put it another way, a guitarist who belongs to a club in which very few are invited to enter: the club in which there is total unanimity among the guitar community when it comes to praising their virtues; whether that praise comes from the world of rock, jazz, pop or even classical. We are speaking...

In The Style Of Mike McCready

If you are the lead guitarist of one of the bands that to a great extent fanned the flame of rock high in the 90s - after a decade in which electric guitars seemed doomed to disappear - you have to be a great guitarist and indeed he is; Mike McCready may lack the aura and fame that surrounds others in our world but not regarding his...

In The Style Of Jack White

We face the task this week of delving into the world of one of the artists with the most personality who has emerged over the last two decades. A cyclone on stage, an animal in the studio, an absolute fanatic of everything vintage and the vintage sound who has managed to go beyond exercises in style in his music and sound and who has taken vintage...

In The Style Of Randy Rhoads

At just twenty-five years of age, including two years of career with Ozzy Osbourne, the good of Randy Rhoads decided one day to get in a small plane and start to ‘buzz’ for a joke his tour bandmates who were travelling by coach. The conclusion of that ‘joke’ you all already know. However those few years on the stage were more than enough...

In The Style Of Ry Cooder

It might be that many of us could admit, perhaps after many beers, that sometimes we have allowed ourselves to be more influenced by the legend or history of one or another model or aesthetic of a guitar before its sound at the moment of taking one home with us… Well, fine; this is something that has never happened to this week’s...

In The Style Of Rory Gallagher

On very few occasions does a guitarist bring together all the things that were united in Rory Gallagher. There are better guitarists technically, there are those who shine more because of their sensitivity, or for their rawness, or viscerality; there are those who are so special that with just a few notes they are instantly recognizable,...

In The Style Of Johnny Winter

Born on 23 February 1944 in Texas as an albino, the life of Johnny Winter did not look like being too simple at that time, particularly in a state that in general was often very hostile towards extremes in skin colour… The legend goes that his father, ashamed of his son’s palidity, practically enclosed him in his bedroom, and the only...

In The Style of Kurt Cobain

And now to grunge. We usually dedicate this section to guitars of unquantifiable value to one or another artist, and then we add some of their most prized amplifiers also - usually - of astronomic price and very difficult to find… Well, fine, this is not exactly the case of the person who concerns us today, that of Kurt Cobain, perhaps the...

In The Style Of Mike Bloomfield

Like in the legend where Arthur sends one of his knights in search of Christ’s holy chalice, Mr Mike Bloomfield has also sent his friends in search of the guitar that he dreamed about, that he got, and that he many times converted into the aforementioned particular holy grail: the 1959 Gibson Les Paul...

In The Style Of Dave Davies

This week it is time to focus on the gear of Dave Davies, the guitar soloist of one the greatest bands in history and one of the favourites of the person who writes these lines: The Kinks.    It is true that it is a band that drinks and projects pop from all sides but it is also indisputable that it was them, and specifically...